Civil Air Patrol

Q8: I am a new unit commander in Michigan Wing. I have not been to the CAP Unit Commanders Course. What help is available to me to learn about my new job?

Q8: I am a new unit commander in Michigan Wing. I have not been to the CAP Unit Commanders Course. What help is available to me to learn about my new job?
There are many resources immediately available to new unit commanders to learn more about their job.
There is a generalized job description given in CAPR 20-1 Organization of Civil Air Patrol dated 2 January 2013 on page 27. Here is the link:
National Headquarters has just published CAP Pamphlet 40-2 Just In Time Workbook for New Unit Commanders dated 1 September 2017 . Here is the link: https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/CAPP040002_Just_In_Time_4845FC4AC4F7A.pdf
This pamphlet should be read by all commanders as a checklist and the staff of any new commander, so everyone gets on the same page sooner than later. This is certainly a very useful tool.
Michigan Wing has created a Mentor Program for new unit commanders in effect since 2016. Major Deb Sandstrom is the coordinator. If you are a new unit commander and do not have an assigned mentor yet, please contact her by email and let her know and she will assign you one from a list of experienced commanders. Her email address is sandstromds@me.com
CAP has developed a new Unit Commanders Course. It is conducted using a “flipped learning” format. The course is conducted with the assistance of CAP National Headquarters CAP University. Registration for the course will close about three weeks prior to the course date because there is homework that must be completed prior to the course on line in the Learning Management System in eServices. Then a face-to-face session is held, not necessarily on the same weekend. The face to face content requires about 17 hours of contact time. Wing or Group is the minimum echelon that can host a UCC.
If you are unable to attend a UCC in person, there is also an online version available. Wing Commander approval is required to take the on line course.
The last tool I want to share with you is the CAP Pamphlet 60-31 Cadet Staff Handbook dated November 2016. For new commanders with cadets, it is a great resource. Read it, have your cadet command staff read it and then discuss it and how it applies to your unit. The link is:
As time permits, unit commanders should read through all of the regulations, manuals and pamphlets or at least the table of contents for each one so you have an idea where to look for answers to questions that arise from time to time. You don’t need to memorize the publications, only where you found an answer. If you forget, Knowledgebase on any of the national CAP websites can help too.
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