COP Week 5 Training
COMPLETE YOUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
This is the week you will need to decide whether or not to join. We will handle this through what we call "Inprocessing Night". During this meeting you will take care of all the required items of processing your application. This includes turning in your local dues payment, taking your membership ID photo, issuing uniforms, and an interview between you, your parents/guardians, and the Squadron Commander. As you can see, that is a lot to go through, so it is vitally important that you complete your membership application online on time and attend the Week Five meeting. The information on how to complete your membership application is included on the "Cadet Orientation Program Contact Sheet + Membership Info" handout you received in Week 2. If you lost that, please contact your Cadet Instructors for a replacement.
In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, attacking enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
If you want to learn more about Civil Air Patrol's history, visit the Civil Air Patrol National History Program.
Whenever you attend a CAP Activity outside of our local facility, there are a few forms you will need to have with you. The first is called the CAPF 161 - Emergency Information. Your cadet instructors will show you how to fill that out. The second form is called the CAPF 60-80 - Civil Air Patrol Cadet Activity Permission Slip. You can see an example of this here. You will have a copy of this e-mailed to you for each activity with the activity information already filled in. All that would be required is to complete your information, get the signatures, and turn the form in as directed by the activity's Project Officer. This form is mandatory for all activities outside of the base or the airport. If you do not bring it, you cannot attend.
As part of being a member of the Civil Air Patrol, you will be using the internet for accessing online training, communicating with your fellow squadron members, and applying for various cadet activities.
eServices is the Civil Air Patrol website used for accessing your membership information, squadron information, online learning, and so much more. A key component for new cadets is online testing.
Before you can test on eServices, you need to be registered with it first. To do so, open a new page on your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox) and go to www.capnhq.gov. Look for 'First Time Users?' on the right side of the login screen, and click 'Click here to register'. To be able to register on eServices, you must first fill out a online membership application, and have completed your interview with the squadron. The new user registration page will require your last name, the last four of your Social Security Number (SSN), your Date of Birth, and your email address. Once you have provided that information, you should be asked to complete the Operational Security (OPSEC) test. OPSEC deals with protecting sensitive but unclassified information that serve as indicators about missions, operations, and capabilities. The test is open note, and has no time limit, so do not feel pressured to complete it as quickly as possible. Take time to understand the information and complete the test.
Once you have finished the test, you will be taken into the eServices main screen, which shows you things such as squadron statistics, a list of the unit, group, wing, region, and national command, some CAP news, and an area to bookmark 'Favorite Apps' (Bookmarks are made by clicking on stars next to applications under each menu). You also have a menu down the left-hand side of the screen, moving your cursor over those will provide more links within that category. The primary categories you will be starting out with are Cadet Programs and Online Learning. If you mouse over the Cadet Programs menu, you will see things such as Cadet Online Testing, CadetInvest (financial assistance program for cadets), and links to regulations like the Cadet Staff Handbook. We are going to focus on Cadet Online Testing. Once you click on that, you are presented with another menu to access Leadership Tests, Aero Dimensions Tests, Journey of Flight Tests, Milestone Tests, and Certificates. As a basic cadet, your focus will be in Leadership Tests, and Aero Dimensions Tests. Once you have moved up to a cadet officer level, you start getting into the Journey of Flight tests for Aerospace.
For your Curry Achievement, you only have to take one online test, your Chapter 1 Leadership Test. This test has 25 questions, covering information presented in Chapter One of your Learn to Lead Textbook. This test, and all your other cadet tests (with the exception of milestones) are open book. The Chapter 1 test is 25 questions, has an 30 minute time limit, and requires you pass with an 80%. If you fail the test, you have to wait 7 days before you can retake the test. You only have one attempt at a test in the 7 day period, so you cannot close out of it and return later, if you start it, you must finish!
Ohio Wing Email
As a member of Ohio Wing, you are given access to your own Ohio Wing Email Account. This is to be used for Civil Air Patrol use only. It should serve as your primary means of communication for anything you do within the Civil Air Patrol. To access it, you will need to go to mail.ohwg.cap.gov and enter in your username and password. Your username will be your first name, a period, and your last name. Your default password will be your CAPID number followed by your initials in lowercase. Use the example below for guidance.
- Name: John Smith
- CAPID : 123456
- Username: john.smith
- Password: 123456js
Your first time login will ask you to change your password, and will ask you what the account is a part of, for that, you will want to select Organization. The Ohio Wing Email system is built on the Gmail platform, so you can sign into it the same as a personal Google/Gmail account, you can also access it via an app on either your Android or iPhone. You should try and check your email a couple times a week, to ensure you do not miss any activity sign-ups or important meeting information.
If you find yourself having issues accessing they system, please speak with the squadron IT officer, and they should be able to get it corrected for you.
CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES 3
Civil Air Patrol Policy of Nondiscrimination
It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no member shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any CAP program or activity on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap). It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no applicant meeting CAP’s minimum age requirement will be denied membership in CAP on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap).
“Qualified Member with a Disability” means a CAP member with a disability who, either with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions required by a CAP program or activity that such CAP member desires to participate in without endangering him/herself, other CAP members, or CAP property.
- Civil Air Patrol standards of conduct apply both on and off duty, in your personal behavior, in your treatment of others, and in both military and civilian environments.
- Public displays of affection, such as hand-holding, embracing, or walking arm-in-arm, are inappropriate actions for members in any CAP uniform. Indiscriminate displays of affection in public detract from the professional image the Civil Air Patrol intends to project.
- You may not use government facilities or equipment for other than officially approved activities.
- You may not gamble or bet while on government owned or leased property or while on duty, unless specifically authorized.
- You may not engage in any conduct that is illegal, dishonest, or otherwise brings discredit on the Civil Air Patrol.
We all have reputations; how you act determines whether it is good or bad. Most people prefer a good reputation and luckily as a CAP cadet, that reputation has been earned by the actions of past cadets. It is your duty as current cadets to maintain it. We do this by self-policing, meaning that we help our wingmen by providing tactful reminders whenever an infraction occurs. This helps ensure that repeated mistakes do not become improper learned behaviors. Also, be sure to exercise situational awareness. Observe your surroundings, think about what the correct action should be, and carry out that correct action.
While wearing the ABU or BDU uniform, it is important to blouse your pants around your boots. This is called Boot Blousing. The purpose of blousing is to protect your foot and legs from any potential debris and bugs, and it also provides a nice clean look, instead of leaving your pant legs dragging on the ground. Blousing boots is fairly easy, and can be accomplished be either using a blousing band, or a rubber band around your leg. Follow the steps below when blousing your boots:
- Put on your uniform pants, socks, and boots.
- Lift your pant leg up to your knee, exposing the boot and your leg.
- Place the blousing band around your leg, above the boot and below the calf.
- Put your pant leg back down to the normal position.
- Pinch the blousing band through your pant leg, use your other hand to start working the pant leg underneath the band.
- Flatten your hand and smooth out the pant leg tucked under the band. This keeps the bloused part of your pants from being bunched up.
- Pull the pant leg down over the top of your boot (also make sure your boot lace knots are tucked in to the boot). Adjust so the tuck is neat and comfortable, but not too baggy.
- Repeat for other leg.
The final product should look similar to the figure on this page.