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The Unofficial Guide for New Members

This is the "Unofficial Guide for New CAP Members." It's been written to assist you in obtaining the required training that all new CAP members must complete before they can start participating in any Senior Member activities. It would be a good idea to print this guide out and refer to it as you progress through "Level One" training and beyond. Keep in mind that the regulations can change at any time so this guide may be somewhat outdated.

Once you receive your CAP ID card, you’ll need to go to CAP e-services on the internet. https://www.capnhq.gov/default.aspx . I suggest that you save this as a “favorite website” on your computer for easy access for the next time you need to log on. Read the entire page and then click where it says “First time e-Services users’ click here to activate your account.” The next page asks for your Social Security Number and e-mail address. Continue making entries until it tells you that you’re finished.

Go to the e-Services page and enter you’re CAP ID number and the password that you created in the ‘first time user’ screen.

On the first screen that pops up it will say “Welcome to Civil Air Patrol e-Services”. Just below that line, you’ll see “Review/Edit my member info” Click on that and look right below where it says “Personal Information for: (your name will be shown here). To the left there will be six different categories. General information, address information, Contact Information, personal characteristics, security clearance, and change password. Complete each section. If you don't have a security clearance, leave it blank. Once you complete those entries, on the upper right hand of that page, click on e-Services. This takes you back to the home page of e-Services.

You can continue now, or at some later time starting at the e-Services home page. On the LH side of the page, go down about 15 lines to “CAP Online Exams”. Click on that line.

Scroll down to “Professional Development Phases.” Read this page and click on "Level One."

Read this page from top to bottom. Once you understand what's required, click on "Module One," complete it, and then take the quiz. After completing all six modules, scroll down and you’ll find “CPPT" and "OPSEC." Both must be completed.

That seems like a lot of clicking and scrolling, but the training you receive in a matter of hours, used to be formal classes that would take days to complete, might take months for a class to be scheduled, and then only be offered in Columbus.

Some of the tests that you’ve taken so far must be printed out and brought into the squadron to be graded. Once that’s done, you’ve completed Level 1.

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Now you need to move on to GES, "General Emergency Services", which opens the door for you to begin training as an aircrew member, ground team member, or mission base staff. So, go to e-Services, LH side of the page, scroll down about 17 lines to “CAP Pubs and Forms”. Click on it. Next, on the LH side, click on “Indexes, Regulations and Manuals”. Scroll down to CAPR 60-3, "CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions" dated 17 Aug 2009. You need to download this and print it out. Go to CAPR 60-1 "CAP Flight Management (Includes Change 1, Corrected Copy, 2 Feb 09)" download it and print it out. Scroll down to CAPR 173.3, download it and print it out.

Read these regulations over. Don’t study them, just read once and move on. Your next “mission” will be to take another on-line test using the regulations that you just downloaded as a reference. It’s an open book test. Now, get back to your old friend, e-Services, LH side, scroll down about 15 lines to “CAP Online Exams”. We’ve been here before. Scroll down to “Online Courses.” RH side find “CAPT 116 pt 1” and click on it. A box with “Online Test System” will pop up. Where it says “select test” go to the far right and click on the down arrow and a number of choices will pop up.

Click on the first line. It will bring up CAPT 116 part one. Enter your CAP ID number, and you’re ready to take the test. Once you’ve passed the test, print out a certificate for your records and notify your commander or emergency services officer in the squadron. They will make computer entries so you can get your CAPF101 Card. The CAP101 card is carried on your person showing the ratings in which you are qualified'

At your leisure, go back to “Online Tests” find CAPT 117 parts 1, 2 & 3 and take these tests. Once successfully completed, when it asks you if you want to print a certificate, go ahead and print two copies. One copy for your records, and one copy to be turned into the squadron.

You'll be required to take some FEMA courses at a later date. I'm going to list the courses and the website, but don't worry about them for now. They can be taken and tested online at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp The courses are; IS-100a IS-200a IS-700a & IS-800b. IS-300 must be taken in a classroom and is a two day course.

Each of us in the squadron must do some type of job. “Level 1” training teaches you about these positions. A few examples would be Operations Officer, Emergency Services Officer, Finance Officer, Logistics Officer and Admin Officer, plus many more. Contact the commander or professional development officer to find out what positions are available.

Another web site for you to go to is the WMU. That’s the Wing Management Utility. http://wmu.nat.cap.gov/ Save this web site to your “favorites.” Click on this site. On the LH side where it says “WEB WMU,” click on that. A security alert will come up, click “yes.” On that screen, you will click on “member.” On the next screen, it will say “Welcome to the Wing Management Utilities.” Right below that in red print you’ll see “Click here for instructions to this system.” Click on that. A lot of information comes up. Don’t panic! At this time, all you have to do is read to find out how to get a password and be able to log on to the site. Once you log on, make personal entries as required.

Start a folder for CAP. Always, always, always make copies of your paperwork. If the computer at National crashes, you’ll have a hard copy to reconstruct your data.

This takes you up to the actual Aircrew and Ground team training. The squadron will advise you when the training will be available.

Uniforms: Go to e-Services, LH side, “CAP Pubs and Forms”. Go to CAPR39-1. This covers the many uniforms of CAP. Download it, review it, and then print it out if you think it necessary. Your choice.

Do not start ordering things until you get some advice from someone that’s been in CAP for a least a year or two. Some things you’ll never use, and others are already obsolete.

I’ve been in CAP since June 2002. There are about five members in our squadron that I’ve never met. There are others that pay their dues, attend a meeting or two, and disappear never to be heard from again, but continue paying their squadron dues.

OH275 wants you to be active. That means attending meetings, learning things on your own, asking for help when you need it, moving into a technical rating, and becoming an asset to the squadron. No one will pull you kicking and screaming to do things. You must be self motivated.

These pages are not meant to scare you away, but rather guide you through a maze of regulations, paperwork, tests, quizzes, and general stumbling blocks. It’s not all encompassing, but it’s a guide that can get you started on the right track with minimum frustration.

Welcome to OH275!!

Ron Crawford, Capt CAP OH275 Emergency Services Officer

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