Welcome to the Polaris Composite Squadron and thanks for joining the best and most active CAP squadron in all of Alaska!  

As a new Civil Air Patrol operator, we need you to get signed up on the training roster so we can begin working on your training plan and get you out and involved in missions--that's where the real satisfaction is because we know we are needed. From October 1st, 2016 to September 30th, 2017, the Civil Air Patrol responded to over 55 missions in Alaska, and performed 85 air sorties, 29 ground sorties, was awarded 29 distress and non-distress "find" awards and 7 "life save" awards. Polaris squadron, the largest and most capable unit in the Alaska Wing, had members involved in nearly all of those missions in some capacity.

GETTING STARTED:  Job #1 is to complete Level 1 Orientation "Starting Your Journey" in the Learning Management System--get on that as soon as you have your membership number and knock it out.  Contact the squadron commander or one of the deputy commanders when you finish to complete the face-to-face portion of the training.

INITIAL TRAINING:   In addition to the Foundations Course, you will need to complete the General Emergency Services Test (CAPT 116 - General ES).  You will also need to complete the Ground Team (CAPT 117 ES Part 1) and Mission Aircrew (CAPT 117 ES Part 2tests, depending on which type of training you plan to do. Because CAP participates in a national framework for emergency response, all of our SAR folks need to understand the National Incident Management Systems framework (NIMS).  You'll need to complete ICS 100 and IS 700 (SAR pilots also need ICS 200 and mission base staff need ICS 800) Aircrew in training need to complete aircraft ground handling training as well.  Knocking these out early gets you well on your way to "Mission Ready" status.

FOLLOW-ON TRAINING:  While in training status, you can participate in both training missions and actual search missions.  To get on the training roster and set up your alerting preferences, you'll need to set up your password on your Alaska Wing .Gov Google account (everyone gets on when they join, you're just resetting the password so you can use it). Once you can sign in, go to the "sign in" link on the left of this screen and sign in!  As soon as you're able, make sure you add your name to the squadron Training Roster.  Then you'll need to set up your Alerting Preferences.  Click the Alerting Preferences link and request access to the page, it looks complicated, but it isn't.  Once you've given it permission to use your account, refresh the page and click on the link to set your alerting preferences.  We recommend text and email. Make sure your phone in eServices is a mobile phone (not a "Home" phone with your mobile number).  And with that you'll be set up to be notified of missions.  When you get a text, just text back the alert number indicated and you'll be added to the resource list that the incident commander can request for performing the mission.  You may not always get called but we do appreciate that you volunteered!

PILOTS:  Certificated pilots should get with a standardization and evaluation officer to discuss the path toward becoming a CAP Mission Pilot. CAP Transportation Mission Pilots (TMPs) can fly passengers and cargo and help with aircraft relocations.  Transport pilot requires 100 hours of PIC and 50 hours of logged cross-country time.  CAP Search and Rescue/Disaster Response (SAR/DR) mission pilots (MPs) require 200 hours of PIC time and 50 hours of cross-country time. SAR/DR mission pilot trainees must first qualify as a mission scanner before mission pilot. All aircrew members are expected to complete urban direction finding (UDF) training-you'll need it for hunting ELTs at an airport. Cadet Orientation pilots take the Cadet Orientation Ride exam initially and every four years and require 200 hours PIC for CAP cadets and 300 hours PIC for AFROTC/AFJROTC cadet support programs (managed at wing-level).  We'll try to train new pilots one-on-one so we get you some logable flying time as well. (We've all been there!)  Pilots are required to accomplish check rides annually, to include taking written exams and checklist/aircraft exams.   Pilots can check the "What Do I Need" page in eServices under Ops Quals. to review where they are in the process, and all the testing and documentation requirements in a checklist form for all of our pilot qualifications.  

If you're joining CAP and are a certificated CFI, please contact the Operations Officer or Chief of Stan/Eval directly so we can ensure we coordinate your training with an available check pilot so you can serve as a CAP Instructor Pilot.

Important: Student pilots who are CAP members should coordinate with a CAP squadron check pilot about two weeks prior to their expected Designated Pilot Examiner check ride to ensure that your DPE can qualify you as a CAP pilot--that saves you a lot of time and effort getting through your initial pilot qualification in CAP.

AIRCREW:  Non-pilots interested in flying should sign up for mission scanner (MS) training.  This starts you on a path to airborne photographer and mission observer (MO).  Observers are the "mission managers" in the aircraft and plan our SAR sorties. Check the the Aircrew Task Guide for how to meet the specific training objective requirements in mission scanner specialty qualification training requirements (SQTR). All aircrew members are expected to complete urban direction finding (UDF) training.

GROUND SAR: Members who prefer to "keep their feet on the ground" will normally start with urban direction finding (UDF) training to progress into ground teams and up to ground team leader. Check the Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR) Worksheet in Ops Quals for the requirements and prerequisites for each specialty. Once you know which way you want to go, start your research by looking at the SQTR and the Ground Task Guide.  You may find that through previous training you know how to do a lot of the tasks--that will expedite your training. Any documentation of your prior training and experience will help your trainer.  

Lastly, we're always on the lookout for highly capable, energized, and self-motivated squadron members to help us energize Polaris Operations in both ops and ES disciplines.  If you have the time, energy, experience, and motivation to help us develop the best operators in the Civil Air Patrol come see a member of the Ops Staff about joining the Operations Team!

Thanks for your help and your volunteer service to the Civil Air Patrol, Alaska, the U.S. Air Force!