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Orientation Training

Initial Orientation Training for Senior Members

  1. Welcome to Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 121. We sincerely thank you for your interest and considering the worthwhile endeavor of volunteering to be part of a mission to serve your community and country.
  1. After attending three Squadron 121 meetings (not necessarily consecutively) and, if you have decided to join us, filled out a membership application (CAP Form 12) and have had a satisfactory pre-membership meeting with the commander and the unit membership board, you may apply. At that time you will be fingerprinted and pay the annual National Dues – currently $79.00 (by check). Subsequently, annual renewal dues must be paid on or before the anniversary date of joining CAP. Failure to pay these dues promptly may cause you to be denied advancement or participation in CAP and squadron activities.
  1. You will be notified by CAP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS when your application has been processed, and you have been assigned a CAP Identification Number. You will need your CAP ID number to register for the CAP e-Services website and to begin your initial training. You can link to e-Services to open your account at the following CAP website address: (eServices Sign-in) (Have your CAP ID No. handy.)


  1. OPERATIONAL SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING (OPSEC) is included in your first sign in process. The OPSEC section is mandatory for all members and is the basis for the protection of sensitive information regarding operations or missions.
  1. BEGIN LEVEL ONE TRAINING. Completion of this is crucial for all new members. Without it, you cannot participate in any Emergency Services missions and cannot move on to the next level of your professional development. You will accomplish this training using your efforts and with the assistance of the Professional Development Officer (PDO). When you have completed this training, you will be interviewed to determine if you have mastered the material. The following describes the location of the training material and some additional information:
  • The website address is:

  • Sign into eServices with your CAP ID and Password.
  • It should take you about 4.0 – 5.0 hours to complete the online lessons.  It need not be done all in one sitting. The lessons are designed to be completed sequentially.
  • Remember, you must complete all lessons and the quizzes.  There are no time limits when taking quizzes.




a. GO TO: On-Line Learning.  You will find this in the blue column to the left of the screen.

b. GO TO:  Learning Management Systems (LMS) on the white page to the right of the screen.

c. YOU Will SEE:  “Courses You Have Started” at the top of the pages.

d. Scroll down to and click on:  “Level 1 Orientation” “Starting your Journey.”

e. Read: Course Introduction and Requirements.

f. When you have finished e. above, go to the next page below: “LEVEL 1 ORIENTATION LESSONS.”

g. READ and study each section.  When finished, take the 35 question quiz.  You must pass the quiz with 80% or higher grade.  Note:  you may take the quiz as many times as it takes to pass.

  1. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK the Professional Development Officer for help at any time during your self-study and self-testing if you get bogged down in any way.  Also, at any time, ask existing members any questions you may have. They too have been through this process and will be happy to provide you with guidance and advice.



(1)  General Emergency Services exams are found at the following link: (SCROLL DOWN TO EMERGENCY SERVICES     

       Complete  CAPT 116 part 1 (General ES)

       Complete  CAPT 117 part 1 and 2  


You have now completed the basic course material.  Contact the Squadron Professional Development Officer, Lt. Greg Thompson ( to advise that you are finished with the above training.  Also, make an appointment with the unit commander for a Summary Review meeting.

(You must also review the following topics before your Summary Meeting with the Commander.)



Also, you must pick a job for yourself

You may choose to be on an aircrew:  Mission Pilot (MP), Transport Pilot (TP), Mission Observer (MO), Mission Scanner (MS), and Airborne Photographer (AP). And you may choose other jobs from this Specialty Tracks List.  Be familiar with this list before your Conversation with the unit commander.

CAP Specialty Tracks List (CAPR 50-17,

This list contains short descriptions of each specialty track. For more details see your unit Professional Development Officer (PDO).

200 -- Personnel Officer.  Performs duties related to processing unit personnel actions such as membership applications, promotions, and charter changes. Establishes and maintains up-to-date personnel files and ensures all regulations, policy letters, and forms required to administer the unit’s personnel program are available and up-to-date. Develops local unit personnel policies and procedures, provides assistance and guidance to the unit commander and other staff members on all personnel matters and monitors the overall personnel program within their jurisdiction.

201 -- Public Affairs Officer.  Assists the commander in all media relations and internal information matters. Plans develops and implements a public affairs program based on media relations, community relations, and internal information activities. Acts as liaison with other organizations and agencies as required in the performance of these activities.

202 -- Finance Officer.  Responsible for posting ledgers and preparing vouchers, checks, and deposits for unit accounts. Prepares unit budget, controls monies, monitors transactions, and prepares monthly activity reports. Keep's commander advised in all financial matters.

203 Inspection Officer.  Performs inspections when required. Prepares inspection checklists for all areas of inspection and prepares written reports of inspections as required. Reviews publications, plans, policies, and statistics to determine areas of special interest. Briefs commander and staff on inspections and recommendations.

204 – Professional Development Officer.  Plans, coordinates, and schedules senior member training activities. Maintains unit training records, training library, and operates audio-visual equipment. Prepares documentation in support of training awards for the commander’s review. Coordinates member training accomplishments with other staff members. Instructs at training courses. Advises the commander on training required to meet unit manning needs.

205 -- Administration Officer.  Maintains master publications library. Prepares correspondence, reports, schedules, inventories, and requisitions. Operates centralized correspondence and message distribution center. Reviews locally developed publications to ensure they are administratively correct before publication.                                 

206 -- Logistics Officer.  Responsible for receipt, storage, distribution, recovery, and proper disposal of all CAP property held by the unit. Recommends allocation of motor vehicles and maintains motor vehicle records. Responsible for vehicle maintenance, marking, and painting. Ensures aircraft are painted and identified by current directives and makes sure aircraft are maintained in an airworthy condition.       

210 -- Flight Operations Officer.  Responsible for the management and control of unit aircrews, aircraft, and flight operations. Understands CAP flight management policies and procedures and the administrative procedures governing flight operations. Assists in the preparation of plans, programs, and directives to govern the unit.

211 -- Operations Officer.  Develops operations policies and procedures to ensure mission accomplishment and guide unit personnel. These activities include developing standing operating procedures, evaluation methods, and accident prevention programs and reporting procedures: requests transportation and mission authorizations.

212 -- Standardization/Evaluation Officer.  Technician: Performs duties as a CAP instructor pilot and check pilot, responsible for flight and ground instruction as well as flight evaluation in CAP aircraft. Senior: Performs duties as a CAP check pilot, administers check flights, written examinations, and maintains pilot training folders. Master: Wing pilot designated to administer check flights, written examinations, and develop wing training and evaluation procedures.

213 -- Emergency Services Officer.  Assists the commander by managing and directing emergency service activities. Establishes working relationships with local agencies responsible for search and rescue, disaster relief, and other local emergencies. Develops emergency service plans, training programs, and standard operating procedures and maintains a rapid alerting system to assemble emergency service resources as needed.

214 -- Communications Officer.  Maintains and operates radio equipment. Familiarizes communications trainees with the basic concept of CAP communications operation. Operates CAP radio stations. Develops and implements communications plans, programs, and directives. Plans and conducts communications conferences, meetings, and workshops.

215 -- Aerospace Education Officer.  Implements aerospace education activities and duties involving cadets, seniors, aerospace education members, communities, and schools. Develops materials and activities and promotes aerospace education programs for the local community. Assists the commander in making aerospace education-related policy decisions.

216 -- Cadet Program Officer.  Conducts cadet training in aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, moral leadership, and other activities. As special assistant to the commander, implements and monitors programs in cadet personnel and administration, cadet activities, aerospace education, or leadership laboratory.

217 -- Safety Officer.  Manages the safety program. Develops safety plans, programs, and directives. Coordinates with other staff agencies to develop accident prevention procedures and collect data to determine safety program effectiveness. Conducts accident investigations.

218 -- Plans and Programs Officer.  Gets programs started and completed, and keeps the commander informed on the progress of each program. Develops plans and programs to accomplish assigned tasks. Coordinates activities of other staff sections and assigned units in accomplishing goals and objectives set out by the commander.                                     

219 -- Legal Officer and Medical Officer.   Discuss these Specialty Tracks with the Squadron 121 PDO.

220 – Health Services. See CAPR 160-1.

221 -- Chaplain.  Provides worship, liturgies, rites, and religious observations. Conducts pastoral counseling, spiritual nurture, and ethics and values instruction. Provides group pastoral care and spiritual renewal. Advises on religious, ethical, and quality of life concerns and maintains ecclesiastical and clergy relations.  Discuss with the PDO

222 -- Commanding Officer.  Specialty code 222 is used only to designate personnel in command positions and is not a specialty training track.

223 -- Historian.  Responsible for the unit historical program. Collects and preserves historically significant material. Publishes general and special histories, monographs, and studies. Publishes material to inform the general public about CAP history. Attends meeting of historical and other learned societies.

225 -- Moral Leadership Officer.  The MLO performs in a capacity similar to a chaplain, but is not required to meet the ecclesiastical endorsement and education level prerequisites for a chaplaincy. There is no MLO study guide at this time. Talk to your senior program officer and wing chaplain if you are considering this specialty.

226 -- Recruiting and Retention Officer.  (Under revision)

227 -- Information Technology Officer.

Note: At your meeting with the unit commander you will choose one of these specialty tracks based on your interests and the needs of the squadron.  So it is important for you to review the list before your meeting with him.

Get Into Uniform

Proper wear of the Civil Air Patrol uniform not only shows that you belong to Civil Air Patrol, but it also gives the viewer a first impression of your (and by default the organization's) professionalism. Uniforms also meet a certain standard for functionality and safety for the environment used.  The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) for example is suited for operating safely in a field environment whereas a flight suit meets minimum fire resistant criteria for the safety of the aircrew.

There are many uniforms and options for senior members - the most popular and regularly used are covered in this guide. Popular uniform options for senior members in the Bakersfield squadron are:

  • CAP Knit (Golf) Shirt Uniform. This is the most popular uniform for squadron meetings.
  • CAP Distinctive Uniform - Appropriate for squadron meetings/training courses, etc
  • AF-Style Uniform - Appropriate for squadron meetings/training courses, etc
  • Flight Suits - Appropriate for flying missions/training etc.
  • Utility, and Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) Appropriate for outdoor missions/training courses, etc

Vanguard Civil Air Patrol store is your source for the Civil Air Patrol knit (golf) shirt. To start, you can get the less expensive blue golf shirt with screened CAP seal. You may optionally buy the more expensive polo shirt with an embroidered Civil Air Patrol logo.

Civil Air Patrol members are authorized to wear Civil Air Patrol distinctive uniforms as well as uniforms similar to the U.S. Air Force. Civil Air Patrol uses distinctive emblems, insignia, and badges to identify individuals wearing the Air Force-style uniforms as CAP members.

Wear of the Air Force style uniforms, as well as the insignia, badges, and devices worn on these uniforms are as prescribed by the Commander CAP-USAF with the approval of Headquarters USAF. Members electing to wear the Air Force-style uniforms must meet the weight and grooming standards prescribed in CAPM 39-1

Civil Air Patrol prescribes wear policy and the use of CAP emblems, insignia, and badges on the CAP distinctive uniforms. This policy can be found in CAPM 39-1

There are certain guidelines Civil Air Patrol members must adhere to when wearing both Civil Air Patrol Uniforms and Air Force style uniforms. Members who do not meet the weight and grooming criteria must not wear Air Force Style or corporate uniforms but instead opt for Civil Air Patrol uniforms. CAP weight standards are AF standards plus 10%

  • No waivers for beards
  • Articles such as papers, wallets, pencils, pens, pins, jewelry, handkerchiefs, combs, cigarettes, pipes, sunglass cases, etc. will not be worn or carried exposed on the uniform.
  • Jewelry: Women only may wear one small spherical (ball) conservative matched earring per lobe.
  • Other visible ornaments around the neck or on the head, ornamented eyeglasses, and ankle bracelets are prohibited while in uniform.
  • Proper wear of the uniform.

Civil Air Patrol Knit (Golf) Shirt Uniform

The CAP knit / golf shirt is the uniform, senior members typically choose to wear for squadron meetings.

  • The most popular choice for squadron members for regular meetings.
  • The most casual uniform for both male and female senior members.
  • This combination may be worn by senior members regardless of grade.
  • The black leather jacket is an approved outer garment as is the black fleece jacket.
  • Screen-printed CAP seal on the left breast. -or- Embroidered CAP seal on the right breast 
  • Optional name and aeronautical rating or specialty badge on the left breast.)
  • The CAP knit shirts can only be worn as part of a complete uniform, including
    - Gray trousers/slacks/skirt, (not denim) or gray tactical style pants (9.11, Blackhawk, LA Police Gear)
    - Plain black civilian belt with non-decorative gold or silver buckle,
    - Black socks and shoes.
    - Head gear is not required, but the CAP baseball cap may be worn.


If this link fails, search your browser for Civil Air Patrol Uniform Manual 39-1 rev. 2016



Within 48 hours of your records appearing in eServices, your new Office 365 (CAWG E-Mail) account is automatically created using data from your membership application.  When your account is created, an e-mail is sent to the e-mail address you originally listed on your application.  The link will take you to this page -

From there, you can use the information contained in this e-mail to log into the system.  You will be required to change your password at first login.

This document will provide some guidance if you get stuck.

Password Reset

If you lose your password or need assistance resetting it, you can follow these steps to reset your password to regain access.  First, log into eServices to obtain the information you will need for the reset procedure.

Log into eServices -> Click on your name at the top right side of the page

CAPID (used to log into eServices)

Rank (Listed in the General Info & Preferences section)

Last Name (Listed in the General Info & Preferences section)

Date Joined CAP (Listed in the General Info & Preferences section)

City (Listed in the Addresses section – Left-hand side)

Once you have this information, visit this page:

If you have any problems, please submit an appropriate support ticket.


You must become a Mission Scanner First

Here’s how to do it.  Go into eServices, click on ‘Operations,’ then click on ‘Operations Qualifications,’ then go to ‘Print Blank Worksheets,’ then in ‘Achievement’ drop down to Mission Scanner (MS), and print the Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR)

Then study the Mission Aircrew Reference Text:

And study the OPERATIONAL MISSION INFLIGHT GUIDE here: (Large PDF)                



Note: Web links in this document may change at any time.  That is the nature of the internet.  If links fail to bring you the document, please search the CAP Members page or do a Google search.                                                                   

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