Senior Member Specialty Track
Administrative officers are responsible for ensuring the proper preparation and management of forms and correspondence.
Implements the Aerospace Education program. Some of the duties include: overseeing the aerospace education portion of the cadet and senior member programs, ensuring cadet orientation flights are taking place (coordinate with DO and DCP), facilitate weekly aerospace current events discussion, work with the activities officer to plan enrichment activities for the cadets and senior members.
The goal of the Cadet Programs Officer Specialty Track program is to prepare senior members to lead cadets and manage cadet programs at the squadron and then wing level.
CAP chaplains function in an environment that includes diverse faith groups, agnostics and atheists. Frequently, this is a new dimension for a clergy person who, in civilian life, lives and works mostly with those of shared beliefs and practices. To be a chaplain to all CAP members means to be faithful to one's own beliefs and traditions, and equally supportive and respectful of other traditions and beliefs. In constitutional terms, CAP chaplains embody both the "free exercise" and the "establishment" clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In survey after survey, cadets say that the #1 factor affecting their cadet experience is the quality of their adult leadership. No cadet unit can succeed without outstanding adult leadership from a team of cadet programs officers. This specialty track guide helps prepare members to be effective leaders and instructors in the character development field.
Before entering into the Command Track several prerequisites must be accomplished: • Must have been a senior member for at least 1 year AND be a CAP officer. • Complete Level II of the CAP Professional Development program • Be recommended by the unit commander and accepted by the wing commander. • Be assigned a mentor by the wing commander.
Manage and direct communications activities to include development and implementation of communications plans, programs, and directives. Coordinate communications plans and programs with other staff agencies and with subordinate and higher headquarters.
In today’s Civil Air Patrol the Emergency Services Officer may manage staff, coordinate training and response programs, interface with other staff officers or representatives of other agencies, develop policies and procedures necessary to ensure mission safety and accomplishment, and be involved in the develop and implement operations plans, programs and directives.
Financial Officers assist the commander and finance committee in support of all CAP missions. The Financial Officer helps to develop sound financial practices and oversight of all unit assets. Fundamental knowledge of the following is essential: Duties and tasks associated with CAP’s squadron positions, basic accounting terms and procedures, appropriate internal controls, committee meeting procedures, basic budgeting, CAP-specific accounting procedures, and fundraising rules and reporting requirements.
The Historian Officer assists the Commander on all historical matters, implements a unit historical program, and collects and preserve material of historical significance. The Historian Officer is expected to be familiar with the CAP History Program, including applicable regulations and pamphlets, and with professional historical standards and requirements.
The IT Officer assists the commander in generating performance data from available systems and managing all IT related activities and programs. The IT Officer is responsible for operational security (OPSEC), information security (INFOSEC), virus definition, appropriate software updates, network administration and support, and support for all approved hardware/software.
The Inspector General Officer is responsible for assisting, developing, and managing IG programs. This includes CAP’s complaint investigations and subordinate unit inspections (SUI) program.
Civil Air Patrol is the client of each and every attorney assigned as a legal officer. The Legal Officer is to provide advice and counsel to the unit command, know the legal officer chain of command, understand that the CAP Corporation is the client not the individual members or command of CAP, and possess a basic knowledge of the CAP publications and directives.
Logistics Officers manage personnel, equipment, and goods so the squadron can complete its missions.
The Operations Officer is a manager of staff, a coordinator of programs, liaison with other staff agencies, developer of policies and procedures necessary to ensure mission safety and accomplishment, and the developer and implementer of operations plans, programs and directives.
The Personnel Officer is responsible for processing membership applications, confidential screening (FBI fingerprint cards), promotions, duty assignments, and award & decoration applications. They also learn and teach the proper wear instructions for the uniforms.
The Professional Development Officer is responsible for identifying staff training and development needs, and for planning, organizing and overseeing appropriate training.
The Public Affairs Officer is to advise the commander on public affairs matters, implement and manage the public affairs program and, assist in the establishment of training programs to help all members promote CAP within the community. Responsible for news releases, event promotions, public website development and maintenance, online presence management, member and member-family outreach, and responding to media requests.
The overall goal of the Recruiting & Retention Officer is to persuade and ensure that membership in Civil Air Patrol is worthy of the prospective, active, and inactive member’s time and commitment. R&R could best be described as human resources, salesmanship, and career development counseling. The R&R Officer is responsible for finding and retaining qualified individuals to fill the needs of the unit and the organization.
The Safety Officer is the commander's chief advisor regarding safety. The Safety Officer provides the information and assistance needed to maintain safety by surveying the unit for safety problems and having a well-documented and effective educational program.
The Standardization and Evaluation Officer (DOV) is expected to assist and perform the duties of a CAP Check Pilot, evaluate aircrew techniques and abilities using appropriate publications and checklists, and continually evaluate aircrew training procedures and techniques.