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Composite Squadron

NY 292

"Black Sheep"

Senior Member Program.

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CAP is a federally chartered non-profit corporation. It is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Congress chartered CAP to perform certain duties for individual communities and for the nation. That charter helped establish CAP's three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. To accomplish its mission, CAP requires an informed, active senior membership trained in leadership, management, and functional tasks. Beginning at National Headquarters and extending downward to the squadron, each command element must recruit a staff of responsible people whose job is to carry out the day-to-day tasks necessary to accomplish the CAP mission. Thus, the combined skills of CAP members at the various organizational levels provide for systematic and successful administration of the organization.

Since CAP is the auxiliary of the USAF, and is organized along military lines, its administrative staffs are similar to those of the USAF. However, the conduct of CAP business may require certain adjustments in a typical staff, resulting in either larger or smaller staffs according to each unit's needs and resources.

In addition to the squadron commander and deputy(ies), a typical CAP composite squadron may perform all of the following functions and may require a staff officer for each area. The following is a list of some of the officer positions. For many positions you can mouse over the title for a brief description of duties.

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Officer Positions

  • Senior Squadron Aerospace Education Officer
    Implements the aerospace education program for senior squadrons. They shall:
    Implement and supervise the Aerospace Education - Civil Air Patrol (AE-CAP) program for senior members.
    Assume responsibility for all testing in AE-CAP.
    Provide special aerospace education presentations to the general public.
    Promote CAP aerospace education courses and instructional materials in local schools.
  • Recruiting Officer
    Formulates plans and establishes policies, procedures, and programs, designed to assist CAP in attracting new members and retaining current members. They shall:
    Plan and conduct periodic membership drives to attract new members and to stimulate interest in current inactive members.
    Make presentations to outside groups, both youth and adult, to attract new members.
    Place posters and other recruiting materials in strategic locations advertising local meeting times and places.
    Stage display booths and provide recruiting coverage at local high schools, shopping centers, air shows, and other public events. CAPR 20-1 (E) 39 Personally contact individuals expressing an interest in CAP by telephone, written inquiry, etc., and follow up to ensure that all interested persons are fully informed on the CAP program and local unit activities.
  • Composite Squadron Aerospace Education Officer
    There are two aerospace education officers authorized for composite squadrons: (1) to implement and direct the aerospace education portion of the CAP cadet program, and (2) to implement and direct the Aerospace Education-Civil Air Patrol (AE-CAP) program for senior members.
    To implement and direct the aerospace education portion of the CAP cadet program they shall:
    Monitor the aerospace education portion of the CAP cadet program.
    Generate and supervise the aerospace education activities and supporting projects for cadets.
    Supervise the aerospace education testing program for cadets.
    To implement and direct the AE-CAP program for senior members they shall:
    Monitor the implementation of AE-CAP within the unit.
    Supervise AE-CAP testing programs.
    Either or both of the aerospace education officers in composite squadrons are responsible for implementing the CAP external aerospace education program in their community. They shall
    Provide special aerospace education presentations to the general public.
    Promote CAP aerospace education courses and instructional materials in local schools.
  • Professional Development Officer
    Manages and directs the CAP professional development program. They shall:
    Know directives applicable to professional development programs.
    Know the structure of the CAP professional development program and senior member activities.
    Maintain an adequate stock of applicable forms.
    Assist other members in proper completion of forms.
    Maintain unit training records.
    Maintain a unit training library.
    Maintain a unit training library.
    Operate audio-visual equipment. Maintain a unit training library.
    Assure security of training examinations. Maintain a unit training library.
    Prepare documentation in support of training awards for the commander's review. Maintain a unit training library.
    Submit applications for awards. Coordinate member training accomplishments with other members of the staff.
  • Operations Officer
    Manages and directs all operations activities. They shall:
    Develop and implement operations plans, programs and directives.
    Establish reporting procedures to determine the success of operations programs. 28 CAPR 20-1 (E) Coordinate operations matters with other staff agencies or interested agencies.
    Develop standard operating procedures for the control and operation of CAP aircraft.
    Develop necessary operations policies and procedures to ensure mission accomplishment and to provide adequate guidance to subordinate personnel and units.
    Request the issuance of transportation and mission authorizations as requested.
  • Moral Leadership Officer
    The moral leadership officer is an individual active in and approved by their denomination or faith group. MLOs are part of the CAP Chaplain Service, but have different qualifications and different responsibilities than chaplains. MLOs will:
    Complete training requirements for moral leadership officers.
    Develop moral leadership seminars for cadets.
    Provide non-clergy support to assist chaplains in providing ministry to the CAP community.
    Perform MLO duties under the direction of a chaplain when one is assigned to their unit. When a chaplain is not assigned, the MLO works under the direction of the unit commander and wing chaplain.
  • Legal Officer
    Advises on legal implications of CAP programs and activities (subject to the constraints imposed by local law on the unauthorized practice of law) to include:
    Interpretation of laws and regulations.
    Contracts and agreements.
    Real Estate
    Corporate records and organizations.
    Relations with local agencies.
    Render legal advice and opinions regarding CAP activities as requested.
    Assist the unit safety officer in conducting investigations.
    Advise the unit commander and investigating officer on processing complaints in accordance with CAPR 123-2.
    Advise commanders on initiation of termination actions and serve as CAP representative at termination appeals hearings as appropriate.
    Serve on unit membership board as directed by the unit commander.
  • Personnel Officer
    Manages and administers the CAP personnel program and associated administrative procedures to include:
    Membership records and applications
    Confidential screening (FBI fingerprint cards)
    Organizational actions (charters, deactivations, etc.)
    Promotions and demotions
    Awards and decorations
    Duty assignments
    Membership terminations/nonrenewals
  • Communications Officer
    Manages and directs communications activities. They shall:
    Develop and implement communications plans, programs, and directives in close coordination and in support of command, operations and emergency services.
    Establish requirements and track acquisition and disposition of communication equipment in coordination with logistics.
    Coordinate communications plans and programs with other staff agencies and with subordinate and higher headquarters.
    Develop detailed operating procedures for communications operations and guidance to subordinate units and personnel.
    Collect and report data to determine the effectiveness of communications operations.
    Coordinate licensing or frequency authorizations for all radio operations.
    Develop communications training programs. Coordinate communications conferences, meetings, and workshops.
    Monitor unit communications.
    Establish programs to maintain and operate unit radio equipment.
  • Emergency Services (ES) Officer
    Manages and directs all operations activities. They shall:
    Manages and directs emergency services activities. They shall:
    Develop agreements with agencies responsible for search, domestic emergencies, and civil defense.
    Develop and maintain an adequate emergency service force.
    Develop training programs to ensure that highly qualified ES personnel are available for search and rescue, and disaster relief missions.
    Develop plans and standard operating procedures to support the wing's emergency services program.
    Maintain records to determine the status of resources (personnel, vehicles aircraft, radios and other emergency equipment) available for ES missions. CAPR 20-1 (E) 29 Develop and maintain a rapid alerting system for assembling necessary resources in a timely manner.
  • Emergency Services Training Officer
    Assists the ES Officer in managing and directing ES training activities. They shall:
    Document ES training accomplished and qualifications earned.
    Coordinate with the SAR and DR officers to ensure that training programs are adequate.
    Coordinate with external agencies for other ES training.
    Prepare and process new or re qualifying personnel.
  • Squadron Activities Officer
    Plans and conducts interesting and challenging activities for CAP cadets, to include but not limited to:
    Field trips.
    Participating in emergency services exercises.
    Sports competitions.
    Social functions.
    Community betterment projects.
    Aerospace education activities (in coordination with aerospace education officer).
  • Administrative Officer
    Implements, manages and directs administrative services activities. They shall:
    Implement administrative policies and procedures.
    Control correspondence (including messages). 38 CAPR 20-1 (E) Prepare and authenticate administrative authorizations.
    Prepare local publications and forms.
    Perform related duties as assigned by the unit commander.
  • Plans and Programs Officer
    Directs and coordinates overall planning activities. They shall:
    Develop plans and programs and monitor the overall implementation of special projects as directed by the commander and higher headquarters.
    Plan and coordinate region, wing or group conferences.
    Formulate plans and programs for the utilization of CAP units in peacetime and domestic emergencies.
    Interpret and integrate into policy such plans and programs, laws, policy statements, directives regulations, and other communications received from higher headquarters.
    Provide guidance and cooperate with responsible staff sections in the development of operational plans and programs.
  • Public Affairs Officer
    Advises and assists the commander on all media relations, internal information and community relations matters. Plans, develops and implements a Public Affairs program. They shall:
    Release information on unit activities to news media.
    Publish unit newsletter or bulletin.
    Coordinate participation of unit members in community activities.
    Coordinate with other organizations and agencies as required.
    Supervise all pubic affairs activities of subordinate units.
  • Finance Officer
    Responsible for the overall financial management of the unit. They shall:
    Administer all funds.
    Maintain all financial records. 40 CAPR 20-1 (E) Maintain bank accounts.
    Pay all outstanding accounts.
    Indorse all negotiable instruments.
    Prepare all financial reports.
    Prepare annual budget.
  • Chaplain
    The chaplain is a member of the commander's staff at all echelons of command, and as such is the advisor to the commander and his/her staff on matters of religion, morals, and the well-being of personnel under his/her command. The chaplain implements and executes the CAP Chaplain Service program as recommended by the Chaplain Service Advisory council and as stated in CAPR 265-1. This program includes, but is not limited to:
    Providing pastoral care of senior and cadet members, including counseling, visitation, encouragement, and other special assistance as the chaplain may be able to provide.
    Performing professional functions as necessary, for example, religious services, liturgies, pastoral counseling, etc.
    Conducting moral leadership programs as outlined in the CAPP 265 series entitled "Values for Living," and CAPR 52-16.
    Participating as chaplains in cadet summer encampments and other cadet activities. (Reference CAPR 52-16.)
    Participating in Emergency Services missions and exercises by providing a chaplain presence and resource for members participating in the mission/exercise and those on the scene who may be in distress.
    Participating in ecclesiastical public relations activities.
  • Medical Officer
    Responsible for advising CAP commanders and units on the health, sanitation and hygiene of CAP members relevant to CAP activities. (See CAPR 160-1 for policy on emergency medical treatment). They shall:
    Assists the ES Officer in arranging or providing training in first aid and emergency lifesaving measures to include medically recognized cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.
    Provide blood borne pathogen protection training including preventive measures.
    Report blood borne pathogen exposures and ensure that those members exposed obtain appropriate follow-up medical care from non-CAP sources.
    Advise members to obtain necessary physical examinations from their personal physicians and to complete emergency treatment consent forms where required by regulation to participate in various Civil Air Patrol activities. NOTE: Under no circumstances will CAP medical personnel perform physical examinations as part of their Civil Air Patrol duties.
    Arrange for necessary medical training materials. Supplies and equipment for unit missions or special activities. 42 CAPR 20-1 (E) Maintain first aid kits for medical emergencies. (See CAPR 160-1 for policy on emergency medical treatment.)
    Generally advise commanders and unit personnel on preventive medicine matters relevant to CAP activities.
    Plan conferences and meetings pertaining to special affairs.
  • Safety Officer
    Assists and advises the commander in developing the overall accident prevention program. They shall:
    Direct and perform safety inspections and surveys of hazardous areas and operations.
    Direct and perform accident investigations and prepare safety reports.
    Plan safety briefings to make personnel aware of hazards and safe practices. CAPR 20-1 (E) 43 Make visits to subordinate units, and assist units in solving safety problems.
    Review and analyze accident reports for contributing factors, trends and other accident prevention information.
    Prepare training guides, articles and literature, and publicize this information through bulletin boards, newspapers and posters. Conduct safety studies and recommend corrective action.
  • Historian
    Manages and directs historical activities to include:
    Developing policies and procedures that relate to historical activities.
    Establishing and conducting a program for the publishing of general and special histories, monographs, studies, and similar works for issue both internally and externally to CAP.
    Establishing and conducting a program to specifically inform the general public as to the history of CAP as it relates to CAP's current missions.
    Issuing bibliographies, catalogs, indices, and abstracts containing information relative to publications relating to CAP history.
    Establishing and conducting a program of the collection and preservation of items of historical significance either of a documentary or physical property nature.
    Establishing and conducting an oral history program.
    Representing the Civil Air Patrol at meetings of historical and other learned societies.
  • Supply Officer
    Responsible for all matters pertaining to supply. They shall:
    Ensure proper accountability for CAP property.
    Be responsible for receipt, issue, storage and proper disposal of all CAP property.
    Be responsible for effecting distribution and recovery of property in coordination with the transportation officer.
    Recommend to the commander the allocation or reallocation of property within the unit.
  • Squadron Leadership Officer
    Responsible for leadership laboratory and physical fitness training of CAP cadets to include:
    Proper wear of the CAP uniform.
    Customs and courtesies of the service.
    Leadership techniques and activities.
    Physical fitness.
    Squadron drill team.
  • Transportation Officer
    Responsible for all matters pertaining to surface and air transportation. They shall:
    Ensure that all vehicles are licensed and insured and those drivers are qualified and licensed to operate the vehicles.
    Recommend allocation and reallocation of motor vehicles.
    Maintain appropriate records on location of all vehicles.
    Responsible for maintenance, painting, and marking vehicles.
    Coordinate airlift requirements with operations officer.
  • Maintenance Officer
    Exercises staff supervision and coordination of all aircraft maintenance. They shall:
    Make recommendations to the commander for the improvement of the maintenance program.
    Ensure that aircraft are painted and identified in accordance with current directives.
    Ensure that aircraft are maintained in an airworthy condition in accordance with FAA requirements.
    The maintenance officer should be familiar with CAP directives in the 66, 67 and 900 series, Federal Aviation Regulations 43, 45, and 91 and Federal Aviation Advisory Circulars 20-35C, 20-5F, 39-7B, 43-9B, 43-12A and 61-9B.
  • Drug Demand Reduction Officer
    Manages and directs drug demand reduction activities. They shall:
    Develop annual drug demand reduction (DDR) training plan.
    Prepare and submit the annual Drug Demand Reduction Initiative Program application.
    Prepare and manage annual DDR financial plan.
    Conduct annual DDR training at wing encampment(s).
    Coordinate joint operations with Air Force base DDR Coordinators.
    Coordinate joint operations with Air Force Reserve base DDR Coordinators.
    Coordinate joint operations with National Guard DDR Administrator.
    Submits end of year reports.
  • Logistics Officer
    Manages and directs the logistics program to include the areas of supply, transportation, maintenance, and installation engineering. They shall:
    Advise the commander on status of logistics programs and establish logistics policies.
    Review budget requirements of logistics activities and direct consolidation of logistics budget.
    Be responsible for real property management in accordance with CAPR 87-1.
  • Testing Officer
    The squadron testing officer is a member of the squadron commander's special staff. They shall:
    Obtain, administer, safeguard, and return education and training materials used in Civil Air Patrol.
    Administer the testing program in accordance with CAP directives.
  • Senior Programs
  • Inspection
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Civil Defense
  • Mission Training
  • Cadet Program
  • Information Management
  • Medical

By assigning a staff officer to more than one function, a squadron commander may find that they can accomplish the mission without appointing a staff officer for every function. And in some cases, more than one Officer will be assigned to one function, such as Aerospace Education, where multiple lessons may be conducted.

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