COP Week 6 Training

CADET WINGMAN COURSE

You will take this interactive course in-person at the squadron alongside your fellow classmates - your new Wingmen. The course serves as an introduction to CAP's safety policies, the Cadet Protection Program, and how you can look out for your fellow cadets.

UNIFORMS 5

General Wear Tips

-Be sure to trim all excess strings from your uniform every time before you put your uniform on. However, take care to not cut a seam open or cut off a button.

-Before sewing patches onto the BDU, place them in the pocket of the shirt, button the pocket and then wash them together. This will pre-shrink them so they don’t pucker later. Also, when sewing the patches, it is highly recommended that you machine sew them with thread matching the color of the part of the patch you are stitching on..

-Unbutton all of your pockets before ironing the uniform and iron the pocket flaps separately. This will prevent you from scorching the button into the fabric.

-It is recommended that you use spray sizing on your Blues uniform.

-Place a backing behind all pin-on insignia to hold them flat against your Blues Uniform Shirt. To do this, cut out a piece of white cardboard or 1/8” white foamcore (you may need to compress this to fit) to the exact shape of the insignia and place it between the inside of the shirt and the clutch-back fasteners (you will pin the insignia through the backing.)

-When in the Short-Sleeve Shirt Combinations, you will need to wear at least one set of shirt garters at all times. These will keep your shirt tightly tucked in at all times and will help maintain a professional appearance. To wear these, simply adjust the length of the garter to your leg (but shortenough so there is no slack), attach one end to the bottom of your shirt, and attach the other end to the top of your sock.

Shirt Tucking Diagram
Tucked Flight Cap

Belt

Uniform Preparation

CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES 4

Walking with Superiors

The lower ranking member walks on the higher ranking member’s left. The right is the place of honor. This stems from antiquity when warriors carried swords, usually on their right side. Being positioned on the right of the juniors, the senior would be able to draw a sword and defend the formation. During uniform inspections, the senior walks on the left. This positions the senior closest to the troops, with the best vantage point for conducting the inspection.

DRILL AND CEREMONIES 5

The following commands are typically covered in Week Six. These may differ depending upon the speed in which the class learns the information. All of the images are from AFMAN 36-2203 Air Force Drill and Ceremonies.

Column Right (Left)

The commands are Column Right (Left), MARCH and Forward, MARCH. On the command Column Right (Left), MARCH, the fourth (first) element leader takes one more 24-inch step, pivots 90 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot, and suspends arm swing during the pivot. Following the pivot, step off in a 24-inch step and resume coordinated arm swing. Beginning with the second step after the pivot, take up the half step. Each succeeding member of the fourth (first) element marches to the approximate pivot point established by the person in front of him or her and performs the same procedures as the element leader.

The third (second) element leader takes one 24-inch step, (maintaining coordinated arm swing throughout) pivots 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot, and takes two 24-inch steps prior to pivoting 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot. Continue marching in 24-inch steps until even with the person who marches on the right (left). Then begin half stepping and establish interval and dress. Each succeeding member of the third (second) element marches to the approximate pivot point established by the person in front of him or her and performs the same procedures as the element leader.

The second (third) element leader takes one more 24-inch step, (maintaining coordinated arm swing throughout) pivots 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot, and takes four 24-inch steps prior to pivoting 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot. Continue marching in 24-inch steps until even with the person who marches on the right (left). Then begin half stepping, and establish interval and dress. Each succeeding member of the second (third) element marches to the approximate pivot point established by the person in front of him or her and performs the same procedures as the element leader.

The first (fourth) element leader takes one more 24-inch step, (maintaining coordinated arm swing throughout) pivots 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot, and takes six 24-inch steps prior to pivoting 45 degrees to the right (left) on the ball of the left (right) foot. Continue marching in 24-inch steps until even with the person who marches on the right (left). Then begin half stepping, and establish interval and dress. Each succeeding member of the first (fourth) element marches to the approximate point established by the person in front of him or her and performs the same procedures as the element leader.

The guide performs the pivots and steps exactly as the fourth element leader. Following completion of the pivots, the guide continues in a 24-inch step until he or she is ahead of the fourth element leader. The guide pivots 45 degrees to a position in front of the fourth element leader; then he or she pivots 45 degrees again toward the front and begins half stepping.

Once the entire formation has changed direction and dress, cover, interval, and distance are reestablished, Forward, MARCH will be given. On the command MARCH, take one more 12-inch step with the right foot, and then step off with a full 24-inch step with the left foot. When performing column left, the responsibility of dress reverts to the left flank on the preparatory command Column left. The responsibility remains with the left flank until the command MARCH is given; then it reverts to the right flank.

Column Diagram

Column of Files

To form a single file when in a column of two or more elements, the command is Column of Files From the Right (Left), Forward, MARCH. If the movement is from the left, the guide takes a position in front of the file that will move first upon hearing the informational command, and remains at carry guidon. On the preparatory command, the element leader of the right (left) element turns his or her head 45 degrees to the right (left) and commands Forward. At the same time, the remaining element leaders turn their heads 45 degrees to the right (left) and command STAND FAST. Their heads are kept to the right (left) until they step off. On the command MARCH, the extreme right (left) element steps off. The element leader of each remaining element commands Forward, MARCH as the last airman in each element passes, ensuring the leaders element is in step with the preceding element. All elements then incline to the right (left), following the leading elements in successive order

In conjunction with forming single files, column movements may be executed at the same time. The command is Column of Files From the Right (Left), Column Right (Left). On the informational command, the guide executing a face in marching takes a position in front of the file that will move first. On the preparatory command, the element leader of the right (left) element commands Column Right (Left). The remaining element leaders command STAND FAST. On the command MARCH, the element leader and guide execute a face in marching to the right (left), and the element leader continues marching in the new direction with 24-inch steps. The guide marches to a position ahead of the element leader, then pivots 45 degrees to a position 40 inches in front of the element leader. The remaining individuals in the base file march forward on the command of execution, pivot in approximately the same location as their element leader, and maintain a 40-inch distance. The element leaders of the remaining elements command Column Right (Left), MARCH, at which time all Airmen perform the movement in the same manner as the base element. The element leaders follow the leading elements in successive order. All members of the formation continue taking 12” steps until receiving the command Forward MARCH.

Column of Files