Seattle Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol

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Help!

Confused about how to get started, all the acronyms, initial training, uniforms, regulations?

Start here: Seattle Composite Squadron CAP New Member Intro [PDF].  This document is geared to new senior members interested in emergency services operations training, primarily aircrew.  It contains information and links on:

  • Overview of CAP missions
  • Senior member grades
  • Uniform quick reference
  • Applying for membership
  • Initial required training
  • How to become a CAP pilot
  • ES training
  • ES positions available and required training paths - aircrew, ground team, mission base
  • Incident Command System quick reference

If you have already joined Seattle Composite Squadron, welcome and thank you for volunteering to serve your community and nation!  Ask someone in the squadron about getting added to the e-mail distribution list.

Quick Guide to CAP Manuals and Regulations

CAP has a lot of manuals and regulations.  Some are relevant primarily to officers with certain duty assignments.  Others contain general information about which all members should be knowledgeable.

Here are the initial ones to become familiar with.

CAPR 20-1
Organization of Civil Air Patrol
This regulation provides an overview of CAP's structure, from National to individual units.  It also lists most of the duty positions at each echelon of command.  This is good background information.
CAPR 35-5
CAP Officer and Noncommissioned Officer Appointments and Promotions
This regulation lists the various qualifications required for promotion through CAP's grade structure.  CAP cadets promote through grades matching the U.S. Air Force enlisted ranks.  CAP senior members promote through grades matching the U.S. Air Force officer ranks.  Again, good background information.
CAPM 39-1
CAP Uniform Manual
This manual lists the approved uniforms for senior and cadet members for all purposes, from dress to utility.  Read carefully to configure your uniform properly!  Ask a more experienced member for tips.
CAPR 50-17
CAP Senior Member Professional Development Program
This regulation describes the training and advancement path for senior members.  Professional Development is one of CAP's core programs for senior members.  Each level of advancement requires additional training on increasingly broad aspects of CAP membership and management and allows further promotion and awards.

 

These are also important if you participate in certain aspects of Civil Air Patrol missions.

CAPR 60-1
CAP Flight Management
This regulation describes the requirements and restrictions for operating CAP aircraft.  This is important knowledge if you are or plan to become a CAP pilot.
CAPR 60-3
CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions
This regulation describes the requirements and restrictions for particpating in emergency services operations.  This is important knowledge if you are or plan to become involved in CAP's ES mission.
CAPR 100-1
Communications
This regulation describes the requirements, limitations and procedures for using radio equipment.  This is important knowledge if you are or plan to participate in radio operations.
CAPR 100-3
Radiotelephone Operations
This regulation describes the detailed procedures for using radio equipment.  This is important knowledge if you are or plan to participate in radio operations.