New Member Path

New Member First Steps

Congratulations for being accepted as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the St Paul Composite Squadron!

After your membership has been approved by National Headquarters, you will be contacted with your CAP identification number (CAPID). This number will allow you to log in to the eServices website (www.capnhq.gov) which is your main portal to your initial online resources.  This guide focuses primarily on the operational specialty qualifications to participate in Emergency Services missions and, thus, complements the material in the Great Start material referenced below concerning CAP Professional Development, etc. The things you need to accomplish are listed more or less in the order in which it is recommend you complete them, but you can do most of them in whatever order you choose.

Contents

Familiarization with CAP e-Services
Level 1 Orientation, Cadet Protection and OpSec
Customs and Courtesies
Pick a job to do
Get Connected
Get in Uniform
Apply for CAP Driver Permit
Obtain General Emergency Services rating
Print your CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card
Obtain CAP Pilot rating (for pilots)
Obtain Mission Scanner Emergency Services rating
Flight Suit (Aircrew Only)
Obtain Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF) Emergency Services rating
Complete the Charles E. ‘Chuck' Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award
Get promoted
Complete your Level II
Obtain an Advanced Emergency Services rating

Familiarization with CAP e-Services

Sign-on to the National HQ e-Services web site, request a password and ID (click on New first-time user link).  If you are having trouble first refer to e-Services and Operations Qualifications manual (CAPP 271), and then contact the Personnel Officer for assistance.
Update your personal and contact information in Review/Edit My Member Info
Upload your picture (review the submissions guidelines first) for your ID card and CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card, and email the Commander to him know to validate it.

Level 1 Orientation, Cadet Protection and OpSec

You will need to complete the mini-courses of Level I Orientation, Cadet Protection Training (CPPT), Equal Opportunity (EO), and Operational Security (OpSec). Go to CAP University to view all available courses. Or go directly to LEVEL ONE to complete these courses online. When completed contact the Professional Development team to review your Level I quiz answers. You will also need to complete the new Equal Opportunity briefing, which takes about 15 minutes, as part of your Level I training. You cannot do much more than participate in squadron meetings until you complete Level I. You should also look at the Great Start material and review it with your assigned mentor. If you don't have a mentor assigned, ask the Personnel Officer to assign you one.

By completing Level I you earn the Membership Ribbon.

Customs and Courtesies

Your decision to join Civil Air Patrol (CAP) reflects a dedication and commitment to support this charitable, benevolent, nonprofit corporation. As a member of an Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, you are expected to follow the traditions, standards, customs and courtesies agreed to and accepted by the Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol. These apply to all of us and reflect our pride and professionalism as members of the Civil Air Patrol. You will be required to attend a short class to provide you with the minimums on uniform types, uniform wear, wearing of awards, saluting, and reporting to a senior officer.

Pick a job to do

Please review the job descriptions in the Great Start guide as well as the Speciality Track guides. Send the Professional Development team a list of three duty assignments you would be interested in. It's mandatory for active Squadron 10 members to be assigned to a duty assignment. We normally start you out assisting someone already performing that function, if possible, to mentor you. Don't worry, you won't be stuck doing that assignment for your entire CAP career -- we like to move people around periodically.

Get Connected

Sign-up for Squadron, Group & Minnesota Wing email lists. This way, you will be informed of upcoming training classes, missions etc.  Our squadron sends out notices, such as the weekly meeting agenda, with this facility as well.  Please click here to sign up.  Be sure to select "Group 3" and "St. Paul Squadron" before sending the form.  You will get confirmation email for each of the mailing lists you just signed up for.  Just follow the instructions to confirm you really want them and the emails will start to arrive.

Also, see the links at the bottom of any St. Paul Squadron web page to join the Facebook group.

Get in Uniform

Get an appropriate CAP Uniform.  Cadets wear bdu's for the field uniform and Air Force Service Blues for dress.  We encourage seniors who meet the weight and grooming standards to dress in the regular CAP uniform also.

If you choose to not wear the official duty uniform you may opt to wear the corporate uniform.  This consists of either a blue CAP polo shirt and gray trousers or a white aviator shirt and gray trousers.  Black shoes, socks and belt complete the outfit.  You can see the full details in the CAPR 39-1.

Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Store is the source for all the uniform items.

Apply for CAP Driver Permit

In order to operate a CAP corporate vehicle you need to have a CAPF 75 CAP Driver Permit issued to you. This allows you to drive one of the CAP owned vans or 4WD vehicles to transport cadets or on missions. Provide a copy of your driver's license, driver record and CAWG Form 75e to our Transportation Officer.

Complete Request for Own Driver License or Vehicle Registration Record (PDF)
Complete Request for CAP Drivers Permit
Copy of your Driver's License (Both sides)