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

Wearing Ribbons & Awards

During your time in Civil Air Patrol, you will receive various ribbons and awards for things such as promotions and achievements. All ribbons and awards are worn on a ribbon rack, which you can get from the squadron as you gain such awards. Ribbons are worn on the rack in a row of three, with the least important ribbons starting at the bottom left of the rack, and your most important being in the top right. Follow the chart on the page to figure out how to place your ribbons and awards.

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.

Right (Left) Step

PURPOSE: To move the unit short distances to the right or left.The command is Right (Left) Step, MARCH, given only from a halt and for moving short distances. On the command MARCH, the cadet raises the right (left) leg from the hip just high enough to clear the ground. The leg will be kept straight, but not stiff, throughout the movement. The individual places the right (left) foot 12 inches, as measured from the inside of the heels, to the right (left) of the left (right) foot. Transfer the weight of the body to the right (left) foot, then bring the left (right) foot (without scraping the ground) smartly to a position alongside the right (left) foot as in the position of attention. This movement is continued in quick time; the upper portion of the body remains at attention and arms remain at the sides throughout.

Cadence may be counted during this movement. Counts one and three are given as the right (left) foot strikes the ground. Counts two and four are given as the heels come together.

To halt from the right (left) step, the preparatory command and command of execution are given as the heels come together. The halt from the right (left) step is executed in two counts. On the command HALT, one more step is taken with the right (left) foot and the left (right) foot is placed smartly alongside the right (left) foot as in the position of attention.


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