Civil Air Patrol

Q14: How can I earn the Brig Gen Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Award?

This award can only be earned by senior members. It was formally known as the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members Award (AEPSM). CAPR 280-2 states in paragraph 2.a.1.(b) Yeager Test. This element is a self-paced study based on the CAP text, Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (3rd edition). All active adult members have the responsibility […]

Q13: How can I get involved in our Emergency Services mission?

To answer this week’s question, I have created two .pdf slide show files. If you email me a request, I will send them to you. I am unable to place them on a website at this time. E-Mail msaile1@att.net.  The first one is titled How to Get a General ES Qualification rating. It shows in detail […]

Q12: What’s the best way to delegate tasks for a leader?

For a leader, delegating tasks is critical for them and their organization to be successful. A manager who gets stuck in the weeds doing everyday tasks soon can lose sight of the overall picture and miss seeing when other responsibilities go awry. In Civil Air Patrol, a 2006 exit survey conducted by National Headquarters discovered […]

Q11: Myself and other members of my family are all members of Civil Air Patrol. How can we distinguish the difference between our CAP roles and our family roles and be successful at both?

Many members who have family members in Civil Air Patrol sometimes struggle with this question. While our CAP roles are important while we are performing our CAP duties, at the end of the day, we still have to return home and resume our family roles and relationships. Some members prefer to draw the line as […]

Q10: Where can I find more information on becoming a better leader?

Q10: Where can I find more information on becoming a better leader?   One of the stated purposes of the Michigan Wing L.E.A.D. Academy is to develop our leaders to their fullest potential, at whatever level of the organization they choose to be a leader. As part of this development, the L.E.A.D. Academy is charged […]

Q9: I would like to nominate someone for an award. How do I do that?

Q9: I would like to nominate someone for an award. How do I do that?   There are two basic categories of awards; one that is presented with both a certificate and a ribbon and one that is presented with a certificate, plaque or trophy and no ribbon. CAP Regulation 39-3 Award of CAP Medals, […]

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 […]

Q7: I need to write a CAP resume. How can I access my personnel records?

Q7: I need to write a CAP resume. How can I access my personnel records?   All members are encouraged to keep a copy of their unit personnel file at home, either electronic or hard copy. Do not place any original certificates in the file, but photocopies of training certificates may be kept in the […]

Q6: What is Michigan Wing L.E.A.D. Academy and how can I participate?

Q6: What is Michigan Wing L.E.A.D. Academy and how can I participate? The purpose of the LEAD Academy is to provide leaders of any spectrum with the knowledge and tools to become better leaders. This Academy provides practical hands-on learning and deep discussions in leadership education. New members will be building a foundation in leadership skills. […]

Q5: I think I am eligible for promotion. What do I have to do to get promoted?

Q5: I think I am eligible for promotion. What do I have to do to get promoted?   CAP Regulation 35-5 dated 22 November 2016 provides guidance for all CAP Promotions. It is found at https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/R035_005_489E25C089E93.pdf It states in part; 1.2. Appointment and Promotion Systems.  Active adult members may qualify for appointment or promotion to CAP […]

Q4: How do I create an official CAP letter?

Q4: How do I create an official CAP letter? National Headquarters has developed a new CAP Pamphlet to help answer this question. CAPP 1-2 The CAP Guide to Effective Communication, dated 7 Nov 2016, can be found in the Publications area of the http://www.capmembers.com/ website. Specifically, at https://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/CAPP_12_7_Nov_16_90473D63CC1FC.pdf This pamphlet complements Civil Air Patrol 1-series Regulations, […]

Q3 – I know I am eligible for a ribbon. What do I have to do to be authorized to wear it?

 Q3: I know I am eligible for a ribbon. What do I have to do to be authorized to wear it?   First, you need to find out the name of the ribbon. Then you need to find the procedure to authorize the wear of that ribbon. CAP Regulation 39-3 dated 28 December 2012 is […]

Q2- I am a former cadet. What credit will I receive for achievements earned during my cadet career?

Q2: I am a former cadet. What credit will I receive for achievements earned during my cadet career? A2: CAP Regulation 50-17 dated 4 June 2015, Chapter 9 on page 28 states: CHAPTER 9 – SPECIAL RECOGINITION PROGRAMS 9-1. Special Recognition Programs for Prior Cadets.  Achievements that were earned as a CAP cadet may be […]

Q1- How do I transition from being a Cadet to being a Senior Member

This is the first of many weekly messages from the Michigan Wing L.E.A.D. Academy directed towards current and future CAP Senior Members sharing helpful tips. We will present the tips using a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) format. If you would like to suggest an upcoming topic, please let me know at msaile1@att.net. A future email […]

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