New Member Guide

This guide focuses primarily on the operational specialty qualifications to participate in Emergency Services missions and, thus, complements the material in the Great Start material referenced below concerning CAP Professional Development, etc. The things you need to accomplish are listed more or less in the order in which it is recommend you complete them, but you can do most of them in whatever order you choose.

Familiarization with CAP e-Services

  • Sign-on to the National HQ e-Services web site, request a password and ID (click on New first-time user link)
  • If you have trouble, contact the Personnel Officer or the Commander for assistance.
  • Update your personal and contact information under "My Account" on the top of the E-Services page
  • Upload your picture (review the submissions guidelines first) for your ID card and CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card.  You can also wait to have your photo taken at a meeting.

Level 1 Orientation, Cadet Protection and OpSec

You will need to complete the mini-courses of Level I Orientation, Cadet Protection Training (CPPT), Equal Opportunity (EO), Intro to CAP Safety, and Operational Security (OpSec).  Go to CAP University to view all available courses. You will also need to complete the new Equal Opportunity briefing, which takes about 15 minutes, as part of your Level I training. You cannot do much more than participate in squadron meetings until you complete Level I. You should also look at the Great Start material and review it with your assigned mentor. If you don't have a mentor assigned, ask the Personnel Officer or Commander to assign you one.
 
By completing Level I you earn the Membership Ribbon


Customs and Courtesies

Your decision to join Civil Air Patrol (CAP) reflects a dedication and commitment to support this charitable, benevolent, nonprofit corporation. As a member of an Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, you are expected to follow the traditions, standards, customs and courtesies agreed to and accepted by the Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol. These apply to all of us and reflect our pride and professionalism as members of the Civil Air Patrol.  You will be required to attend a short class to provide you with the minimums on uniform types, uniform wear, wearing of awards, saluting, and reporting to a senior officer. 

Pick a job to do

Please review the job descriptions in the Great Start guide as well as the Speciality Track guides. Send the Professional Development Officer or Commander a list of three duty assignments you would be interested in.  It's mandatory for active Squadron 121 members to be assigned to a duty assignment. We normally start you out assisting someone already performing that function, if possible, to mentor you.  Don't worry, you won't be stuck doing that assignment for your entire CAP career -- we like to move people around periodically.

Get Connected

Sign-up for California Wing email lists. This way, you will be informed of upcoming training classes, missions etc.

Also, once your a member, you'll be added to the SQ121-All email list.

Get in Uniform

Get an appropriate CAP Uniform. The regular Senior Member duty uniform for attending unit meetings at Squadron 121 is the blue CAP golf/polo shirt and gray trousers. Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Store is the source for the golf /polo shirt. To start, get the less expensive blue golf shirt with screened CAP seal as you don't have an aeronautical rating yet to have embroidered on the Polo Short.

  • Blue Golf Shirt/Polo Shirt (Vanguard) Blue Golf Shirt w/Screened CAP Seal -or- CAP Blue Polo Short with embroidered CAP Seal -or- Personalized CAP Blue Polo Short with embroidered CAP Seal (enter full name and aero rating in order comments)
  • Medium Gray Trousers (not denim). 
  • Black shoes/black socks
  • Black Belt

Apply for CAP Driver Permit

In order to operate a CAP corporate vehicle you need to have a CAPF 75 CAP Driver Permit issued to you. This is now done in e-services.  Click on "My Operations Qualifications".  Then click on "Drivers License" on the left hand side.  This permit allows you to drive one of the CAP owned vans or 4WD vehicles to transport cadets or on missions. 

Apply for an Airport Ramp badge (AOA Badge)

If you intend to drive the Squadron vehicles or fly the Squadron aircraft, you will need a Meadows Field (BFL) Airport ramp badge. Email the Commander to see if you are eligible to apply for a badge. We have classes about twice a year.

Obtain General Emergency Services rating

The pre-requisites for obtaining the General Emergency Services Rating (GES) are that you complete CAP Test 116, the FEMA IS-100 online course and have completed Level I training.

  • Download and review CAPR 60-3 "CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions".
  • Review National HQ CAP General ES material.
  • Take CAP Test 116 General ES Questionnaire Part 1 - June 2004 - (25 Questions) by selecting the course on the pull down menu
  • Take FEMA IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, IS-100.a. Enter your completion of this online course using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->Single Person by clicking the check box to the left of IS100 - IS-100, entering the date of the exam and clicking submit at the bottom of the page.  Upload the scanned copy of the IS-100.a using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->101 Card->View/Upload Documents->Emergency Services Tab and select IS100,provide a hardcopy to the Personel officer for validation.
  • Complete State of California Disaster Service Worker Registration form (OES2000), sign, and give to the Personnel Officer for your file.

Print your CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card

  • Print your Emergency Services Card: login to eServices > Utilities > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > 101 Card > Print 101 Card, and bring this with you to all training and missions.

Obtain CAP Pilot rating (for pilots)

  • Click Here for more information.

Obtain Mission Scanner Emergency Services rating

Prerequisite: General Emergency Services (GES) Rating.

  • Study.  Click on Aircrew and Flightline Materials at the NESA Aircrew Emergency Services Curriculum web pages and read/print/review:
    1. Scanner Training slides
    2. Aircrew & Flightline Personnel Task Guides
    3. Mission Aircrew Reference Text(MART)
    4. Flight Guide
  • Scan the remaining links to other useful documents you may want to print and include in your kneeboard.
  • Online Course. Some of the classroom requirements can be completed with an online course. California Wing has several online courses that satisfy the requirements for completion of many of the tasks associated with certain ES Qualifications and you can access them on the CAWG Emergency Services Training web page. Review the Scanner Training -Home Study Course pt 1 and pt 2. There is an online exam for CAWG Scanner, so take that and let the Squadron Personel Officer know you completed it. This online course satisfies the following tasks:
    • O-2019 Demonstrate Proper Number and Character Pronunciation
    • O-2020 Use Prowords and Code Words
    • O-2021 Interpret Emergency Signals and Demonstrate Air/Ground Team Coordination
    • O-2024 Demonstrate Use of Sectional Charts
    • P-2014 Discuss CAP Liability Coverage and Mishap Reporting
    • P-2016 Identify and Discuss major Aircraft Controls
    • P-2021 Discuss how Atmospheric and Lighting Conditions Affect Scanning Effectiveness
    • P-2022 Identify Visual Clues and Wreckage Patterns
    • P-2023 Discuss how Reduced Visibility and Turbulence Affect Search Operations
    • P-2024 Discuss Strategies to Combat High Altitude Effects
  • Enter completed tasks into eServices.  Once you have passed your MS test, you need to enter the completed tasks above into eServices.  Login to e-Services, and click on the following successive links > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Mission Scanner.  Enter your CAP ID, the date you successfully completed the online exam for this course, and "CAWG Online Course" as the Mission#.
  • Complete the current CAPT 117 Emergency Services Continuing Education Examination. CAPT 117 is conducted in three parts: one for aircrew members and flight line personnel; one for ground and urban direction finding teams; and one for mission base staff. Complete the aircrew exam.
  • Complete the FEMA IS-700.a online course (if you haven't already done so). Take FEMA IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction. Enter your completion of this online course using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->Single Person by clicking the check box to the left of IS700 - IS-700, entering the date of the exam and clicking submit at the bottom of the page.  Upload the scanned copy of the IS-700.a using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->101 Card->View/Upload Documents->Emergency Services Tab and select IS700, let the Personel Officer know and keep a hard copy for validation.
  • Download and print the Mission Scanner Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR-MS).  Login to e-Services , click on the following successive links > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Mission Scanner -> Print SQTR Worksheet.  Bring this with you to all training and missions to obtain task sign-offs. 
  • Important Note:  You cannot act as a Scanner Trainee until you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and Familiarization and Preparatory training tasks on the SQTR-MS and the Commander has approved the "Commander approval" tasks for completion of both the "Prerequisite" and the "Familiarization and Preparatory" training sections of the SQTR.
  • Enter completed tasks into eServices.  Once you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and the Familiarization and Preparatory tasks in the SQTR-MS you need to enter your completed tasks.  Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Mission Scanner.  Enter the trainers CAP ID, date of completion and mission number (if completed as part of an Air Force Mission).  Then print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card with your trainee Mission Scanner rating listed on it (it will say *MS on the card).
  • Participate in a minimum of two sorties (exercises, actual mission or even on proficiency flights) and record your participation on the SQTR. Request the Mission Pilot or Mission Observer sign you off on those advanced training tasks you demonstrated proficiency in. Once all Advanced training tasks are completed, go back into e-Services and fill them in online using the steps above (add the Mission Number), and notify the Personal Officer for validation. Keep a copy of the SQTR for yourself. Once approved by the Squadron and Group ES Officer online, you should then be approved as a qualified Mission Scanner.
  • Print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card.  This will show your qualified Mission Scanner rating listed on it.  You will need to present this card during SAREX's or Real World Missions. 
  • Congratulations!

Flight Suit (Aircrew Only)

Obtain a Nomex flight suit and whatever gear is recommended in the Aircrew Life Support Handbook (for example) for your survival kit. You don't have to get everything all at once, start with the basics. If you meet the CAP Weight and Grooming Standards (CAPM 39-1 Attachments 1 & 2), then you may wear the USAF sage green Nomex flight suit (CAPM 39-1 figure 2-19, p.34) available from the Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Store and many other sources (surplus stores, eBay, etc.). If not, then you may wear the CAP Blue Flight Suit (CAPM 39-1 figure 4-4, p.77) available from the Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Store.   
  • Purchase and wear instructions are Here
  • Basically, you should have:
    • Sage Green NOMEX Flight Suit or Blue CAP NOMEX Flight Suit.
    • American Flag patch (not reversed) for the left shoulder
    • California Wing patch for the right shoulder
    • CAP Command Patch for the right breast
    • Leather Name Tag for the left breast. If no CAP aeronautical rating has been awarded, then use the text "Mission Scanner" along with your name, grade (if any or "Cadet" if you're a CAP cadet). Cloth name tags like USAF uses are not authorized.
    • If an Officer, order the plastic encased grade insignia (cloth insignia is not authorized for the AF sage green flight suit)
    • Flight Cap (with officer braid) and small CAP hat device
    • Black Combat Boots
    • Black boot socks
    • Black or Brown T-shirt with no writing or logo visible
    • NOMEX gloves (recommended)
    • Sage Green Flight Jacket (MA-1 flight jacket or CWU-45/P or CWU-36/P NOMEX flight jackets. Black Leather jacket may be worn with the CAP Blue Flight suit, Brown Leather jacket is NOT authorized.

    Obtain Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF) Emergency Services rating

    Prerequisite: General Emergency Services (GES) Rating.

    • UDF Teams are comprised of two or more people, DF gear and a vehicle. Locating accidentally activated ELT's is by far the most common mission we are called to do. These missions are an excellent training opportunity for the real thing. All aircrew members in Squadron 188 are expected to cross-train and qualify as a UDF team member since it is not unusual to DF a signal to an airport, land, deploy as a UDF team and then use the portable DF gear to locate it on the ground. The principles airborne and on the ground are very similar. Click on Ground Team and UDF Materials at the NESA Ground Search and Survival Curriculum web pages and read/print/review:
      • Ground & Urban DF Team Task Guides
      • Electronic Direction Finding Slides
    • Optional. Download, Install, and review the ELT SEARCH SIMULATOR program
    • Scan the remaining links to other useful documents you may want to print and include in your kneeboard.
    • Review the Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF) slides from the CAWG Operations Training website.
    • Complete the UDF Course test from the CAWG Online Testing site. This exam satisfies the following tasks:
      • O-0201 Use a compass
      • O-0204 Locate a point on a map using map and compass
      • O-0207 Locate a point on a map using a polar plot from a terrain feature
      • O-0211 Determine elevation on a map
      • O-0212 Measure distance on a map
      • O-0214 Determine and plot an azimuth on a map
      • O-0215 Determine azimuths on a map using two points
      • O-0304 Triangulate on a distress beacon signal
      • O-0412 Conduct individual actions on a find
      • P-0201 Sign in team on a mission
    • Enter completed tasks into eServices.  Once you have passed your UDF test, you need to enter the completed tasks into eServices.  Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Urban Direction Finder.  Enter the CAP ID of your evaluator, the date you successfully completed the online exam for this course, and "CAWG Online Course" as the Mission#.
    • Complete the current CAPT 117, Emergency Services Continuing Education Examination. CAPT 117 is conducted in three parts: one for aircrew members and flight line personnel; one for ground and urban direction finding teams; and one for mission base staff. Complete the ground and urban DF team exam.
    • Complete the FEMA IS-700.a online course. Take FEMA IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction. Enter your completion of this online course using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->Single Person by clicking the check box to the left of IS700 - IS-700, entering the date of the exam and clicking submit at the bottom of the page.  Upload the scanned copy of the IS-700.a using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->101 Card->View/Upload Documents->Emergency Services Tab and select IS700.  E-Mail the Personal Officer (or provide a hardcopy) for validation.
    • Download and print the UDF Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR-MS).  Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links > My Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Urban Direction Finder -> Print SQTR Worksheet.  Bring this with you to all training and missions to obtain task sign-offs. 
      Important Note:  You cannot act as a UDF Trainee until you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and Familiarization and Preparatory training tasks on the SQTR-UDF and the Commander has approved the "Commander approval" tasks for completion of both the "Prerequisite" and the "Familiarization and Preparatory" training sections of the SQTR.
    • Enter completed tasks into eServices.  Once you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and the Familiarization and Preparatory tasks in the SQTR-UDF, enter the CAPID, date of completion and mission number (optional) into e-Services.  Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links -> My Operations Qualifications -> Emergency Services -> SQTR Entry/Worksheet -> Achievement = Urban Direction Finder.  Then enter all of the information for each task completed. Then print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card with your trainee UDF Team rating listed on it (it will say *UDF on the card).
    • Participate in a minimum of two sorties on an exercise and/or actual mission and record your participation on the SQTR. Request the UDF / Ground Team Leader sign you off on those advanced training tasks you demonstrated proficiency in. Once all advanced training tasks are completed, go back into e-Services and fill them in online, notify the Personel Officer for validation. Keep a copy for yourself. Once approved by the Squadron and Group ES Officer online, you should then be approved as a qualified UDF Team Member.
    • Print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card with your qualified UDF rating listed on it. 
    • Congratulations!

    • UNIFORM: Squadron 121 UDF Teams respond to ELT's in the blue golf/polo shirt and gray slacks uniform.

    Complete the Charles E. ‘Chuck' Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award

    • Click Here for more information.

    Get promoted

    • Click Here for more information from CAP Regulation 35-5.

    Complete your Level II

    • Click Here for more information from CAP University.

    Obtain an Advanced Emergency Services rating

    • Mission Pilot - Click Here for more information.
    • Mission Observer - Click Here for more information.
    • Ground Team Member - Under Development.
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