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New Cadet Guide


   Week one attend first meeting (Parents are highly encouraged to attend meetings)

  • Meet Deputy Commander for Cadets
  • Browse on-line CAP resources
  • Visit the Help for New Cadets Web Page: http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/cadet_programs/new_cadet_help/index.cfm and review the information provided. Write down any questions you might have and bring them with you to the next squadron meeting. Parents are encouraged to review this with their children.
  • Wear appropriate attire:
    • Collared shirt, jeans on ES and AE meetings,
    • Athletic attire on PT meeting,
    • Business casual (collared shirt, slacks) on Blues meetings.

   Week two attend second meeting

  • Get any questions answered
  • Read the New Cadet Guide and ask your fellow cadets for any tips
  • Study study study! In order to promote and get the most out of the program, start reading Learn to Lead booklet. They are very informative and will guide you in and out of CAP.

   Week three attend third meeting

  • Apply online as a new cadet online.
  • Receive Squadron patch and Wing patch from DCC
  • Get a Uniform. Polaris Composite Squadron has a supply of uniforms in its loft which you may utilize once you have officially joined. After your first promotion, you will receive a $100 voucher from Vanguard which you can use to buy additional blues uniform components.


Next Steps



  • It is our objective to make it easier to become familiar with the things a new cadet needs to get/do in order to become an active part of the squadron. If you have any questions regarding the cadet program, feel free to contact the Deputy Commander for Cadets.
  • Information for Parents from the CAP National Headquarters go to: http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/cap_home/parents/


  • Cadets are required to be in full CAP uniform for weekly meetings, activities and missions. To start out, the cadet uniform cost is ranging from $125 to $150 per cadet.
  • Until you have a uniform, dress in a collar shirt, pants and shoes (no jeans, tee shirts or sneakers).
  • The squadron maintains a selection of cadet uniform and equipment items for issue. Please see our Supply Cadet for more details.
  • Uniform & Equipment Suppliers:
    • Clothing Stores on JBER
    • Army Surplus stores in Anchorage
•The Vanguard Industries – The Official CAP Uniform Provider

http://www.vanguardmil.com (Click on the Civil Air Patrol Section)

ABU (Airman Battle Uniform) – Duty uniform for cadets.

  • The squadron has an inventory of these available. Check with DCC to see if we have any. If we do not have pieces in the cadet’s size, then they can be purchased.
  • Things to be purchased:
  • ABU Patrol Cap (Vanguard Item # CAP0158)
  • Blue name tape (Vanguard Item # CAP6403)
  • Blue “CIVIL AIR PATROL” tape (Vanguard Item # CAP6402)
  • Khaki belt with black buckle (Vanguard Item # CAP2510700)
  • Khaki T-Shirts
  • Black (polished) Military Style Boots
  • Boot Sox
  • Boot Blousers
Service Dress/Blues Uniform – Air Force
  • After your first promotion, you will receive a $100 voucher from Vanguard which you can use to buy additional blues uniform components.
  • Required Items:
  • Flight Cap
  • Flight Cap Insignia
  • Name badge with white lettering
  • Black High Gloss Military Dress Shoes
  • White Undershirt “V neck”
  • Blue Pants
  • Blue Belt
  • Silver Belt Buckle
Physical Training (PT) Uniform
  • Things to be purchased:
  • Shorts (preferably black, gray, or dark blue)
  • T-Shirt (preferably black, no inappropriate logo’s)
  • Gym shoes



  • Males: Over the ears and off the collar; tapered appearance; no “trendy” styles; neat appearance
  • Females: Conservative style; plain-colored barrettes, etc; may touch but not fall below back collar
Shave, Cosmetics, Earrings:
  • Males: clean-shaven; mustaches are allowed if trimmed neatly; sideburns to bottom of ear
  • Females: may wear a small amount of cosmetics in good taste; may wear 1 simple ball earring
  • Wear a plain white V-neck tee-shirt
  • Uniform should be well-pressed, crisp-looking, and wrinkle-free
Cords / Loose Threads:
  • Watch for cords around buttons, belt loops, edges of collar, etc.
Pockets & Buttons:
  • Keep all buttons buttoned. Watch for back pocket buttons
  • Keep nothing in shirt pockets; limit what you store in pants pockets
Socks / Hose:
  • Males: Black socks
  • Females: Black socks or hose
  • Belt buckle and insignia should be clean, free of fingerprints, and as shiny as possible
Gig Line:
  • Males: Forms a continuous line from shirt fly, buckle, and trouser fly
  • Females: Same as males, except belt direction is reversed; some combinations do not have a belt
Shoe Shine:
  • Free of dirt, nicely polished
  • Keep your uniform mini-posters someplace where you will see them. Refer to them every time you get ready for CAP. Take pride in the great privilege you have in wearing the Air Force-style uniform!



The Salute

  • When in uniform, cadets salute military officers, CAP seniors, and cadet officers higher in rank than themselves.
  • Salutes are normally exchanged only outdoors, or when formally reporting.
  • The junior person initiates the salute upon recognizing the senior person.
  • Offer a greeting such as, “Good morning, ma’am,” when saluting.
  • When in formation, do not salute; the commander salutes for you.
  • When in doubt, salute.

Position of Honor

  • The senior person walks on the right, and the junior walks on the left.

Coming to Attention

  • Cadets stand at attention when being addressed by an officer.
  • If an officer who is higher ranking than anyone present enters a room, the first to notice commands, “Room, ATTENTION.”
  • In a classroom or work environment, these customs are usually relaxed.

Manners of Address

  • Cadets address officers as “sir” or “ma’am,” or by grade and last name, as in “Captain Jones.”
  • Cadets address one another by grade and last name, as in “Sergeant Jones.”

Reporting to an Officer

  • First, check your uniform. Look sharp when reporting.
  • Approach the officer’s door, knock twice, and wait for permission to enter.
  • Proceed toward the officer and halt 2 paces from them or their desk.
  • Salute and say, “Sir, Cadet (Last Name) reporting as ordered.”
  • Wait for the officer to return the salute.
  • Remain at attention, unless told otherwise, as you conduct your business with the officer.
  • When the meeting is over, the officer will say, “Dismissed.”
  • Come to attention (if not already), and take one step backward.
  • Salute and wait for the officer to return the salute.
  • Perform an about face, and exit.

To report to an officer outdoors, follow the steps above, except:

  • You will normally be wearing your cover (hat).
  • Instead of knocking, proceed toward the officer, halt 2 paces in front of them, salute, and report as explained above.


Requirements for Achieving Your First Rank

After your welcome packet arrives, you can sign into CAP eServices and begin work toward completing your first rank achievement. This will allow you to be promoted to Cadet Airman,

and earn the Curry Achievement Ribbon:

  • pass a 25-question, open-book test on Learn to Lead, with a score of 80% or higher
  • pass a drill and ceremonies performance test
  • participate in the Core Values foundations module
  • participate in the Introduction to Safety lesson and pass a written quiz
  • pass the mile or shuttle run, plus 2 of the 3 other events in the Cadet Physical Fitness Test, for your age and gender:
  • 1 mile run or shuttle run
  • sit-ups (also called curl-ups)
  • push-ups
  • sit-and-reach
  • recite the Cadet Oath from memory
  • possess and properly wear a CAP uniform
  • demonstrate a good attitude, a commitment to the Core Values, listen well, and follow directions




Who do I talk to if I have any questions?

See your fellow cadets or cadet staff first. If further guidance is needed, see one of the Cadet Programs Senior Members.

Any tips for success?

Be proactive and be prepared for the meeting.

Attend regularly and if unable, notify if at all possible that of your absence.

Be respectful of your leaders and of your uniform, and also have fun!

Any tips for parents?

Active involvement with your cadet is encouraged and will greatly increase their success.




Important Cadet Regulations and Resources

Cadet Programs Super Chart https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Super_Chart__2017_letter__combined_17CB4F9432F4D.pdf

CAP Uniform Manual - CAPM 39-1 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/M391_E6F33EAAEC28A.pdf

Ribbon Rack Builder (http://www.mcchord.org/rack_builder/)

Respect on Display https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Respect_On_Display__CAPP_151_A1658A31B2A97.pdf

Cadet Staff Handbook - CAPP 60-31  https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Cadet_Staff_Handbook__Nov_16__Web_47474DD79B032.pdf   

CAP Drill and Ceremonies - CAPP 60-33 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAPP6020_5_AUG_16_07A0C6200BA4C.pdf

Cadet Fitness Guide - CAPP 60-50 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P060_050_Feb_2018_31F2689C8536C.pdf

The CAP Guide to Effective Communication - CAPP 1-2 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAPP_12_7_Nov_16_90473D63CC1FC.pdf


ES Qualification Prerequisite Training

General ES Test (CAPT116 link https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.LMS.Web/Quiz/quiz_start.aspx?qid=211)

FEMA ICS 100 (link https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c)

FEMA ICS 700 (link https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.b)

FEMA ICS 800 (link https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.c)

Ground and UDF Team Task Guide (link https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Ground_Team__UDF_Task_Guide__24_May_CD5DA29E1340B.pdf)

Mission Base Task Guide (link https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Mission_Base_Staff_Task_Guide_D05D81F929EB2.pdf)

Aircrew/Flightline Task Guide (link https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Aircrew__Flightline_Task_Guide__11__719CEDFE0E541.pdf)

Alaska Statewide Preparedness Calendar (link https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=dhsem.training@gmail.com&ctz=America/Anchorage&pli=1)


Useful websites

Official CAP Website https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/

eServices https://www.capnhq.gov/preview/

CAPTalk Discussion Forum http://captalk.net/index.php?board=7.0 

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