Help for New Seniors
As a new member of our Squadron, we would like to welcome you to our unit! We are excited you have chosen to be a part of all things Civil Air Patrol. Let's get you started on your journey.
While You Wait For Membership Approval
The new member booklet is your first resource to get started as an active adult member of CAP. Here you can learn a little about the organization, get information on obtaining your user name and password; populate information in your personal eServices account, and learn about to take your first step as a CAP member: completing the Level I Orientation Course.
Respect on Display (CAPP 151) teaches you about some of CAP's unique Customs and Courtesies it uses to show respect for and among our members, built organizational spirit and render respect to our National symbols and military partners. Keep this copy handy; you may find it useful both at the squadron and during your orientation training.
Once Your Application Is Approved And You Receive Your CAP Member ID:
Establish your eServices Account.
Take a CAP Membership Photo to submit online.
Talk to your unit Public Affairs (PA) Officer or Admin Officer to get your photo taken.
Submit your CAP Membership Photo:
Log into eServices at http://capnhq.gov/
Click on your name in the top, right corner of the screen
Click on “General Info”
Scroll down to “Membership Card”
Follow the instructions to upload your photo.
If you have already received your CAP Membership Card and it does not contain your photo, click on “Click here to purchase a replacement membership card”
* You must have a valid CAP ID with photo for certain privileges.
Complete: Operational Risk Management (ORM) (a/k/a Basic Risk Management)
Safety is our first priority. This course will teach you the basics of managing inherent risks using a methodical, six-step process.
Log into eServices at http://capnhq.gov/
In the left-side menu, select: Online Learning
In the pop-up menu, select: Learning Management System
At the top of the screen, click on "Go To AXIS"
If you have not enrolled in a desired course yet, click on "Course Catalog" on the top-bar menu.
Search for: Basic Risk Management
The course will now appear on your "Main Portal" tab on the top-bar menu.
Complete the course.
Complete: Basic Risk Management Exam
Get In Uniform:
Complete: Level 1 - Basic Training:
*Seniors with higher levels of responsibility, and those who will work with cadets on a regular basis will also need to complete: Cadet Protection Advanced Course
Complete: General Emergency Services (GES) Foundational Courses
Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. The following courses are required before pursuing other Emergency Services training.
Both Cadets and Seniors should, as soon as practical, complete General Emergency Services Training. This training is the prerequisite for any practical training for real world events.
Obtain Your CAP Driver License:
Drivers are an essential part of all the programs in Civil Air Patrol. CAP drivers are authorized to drive CAP vehicles for official CAP missions as well as squadron and wing business.
Instructions for obtaining a CAP Driver's License can be found at the link below. If you need assistance with this process, contact the Squadron Transportation Officer.
Learn To Use The CAP Operational Resource Management System:
When it is time to use vehicles like the CAP van, or if you are issued any CAP equipment for training or use, this has to be properly documented in Operational Resource Management System (ORMS). The Squadron Logistics Officer will instruct you on the care and reporting requirements for all CAP equipment that may be issued to you, even temporarily.
Now that you have completed Level 1 Training, you are ready to pursue more technical training under Level 2:
Review the different Specialty Tracks available.
Talk with your mentor or Squadron Commander to explore Level Two professional development opportunities that will assist you in advancing as a CAP member. You should also become familiar with the governing regulation on professional development, CAPR 50-17.
Meet with the Squadron Administration and Records Officer to discuss any military experience or training you would like included in your record.
Get involved. Actively seek opportunities to contribute to your areas of interest and expertise.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Many Senior Members find that one interest brings them to CAP, only to find and love serving in an area they had never considered before. Jump in. Try it out. The worst thing that can happen is you decide you don’t like it. The best thing that can happen is that you find a new passion.