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Civil Air Patrol
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INTEGRITY * VOLUNTEER SERVICE * EXCELLENCE * RESPECT

Yellow Vintage Civil Air Patrol Plane  In the late 1930's, 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, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented. The United States Congress has voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol's wartime veterans and the President signed it into law on 30 May 2014.Today's CAP Plane

  After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  On 01 Jul 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.  On 26 May 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
Today, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol boasts nearly 60,000 Cadet and Senior members
throughout the country and on U.S. Air Force Bases around the world.






CADET GRADES



Cadets may be boys or girls and age 12 to 17.

Cadet, Cadet Airmen, and Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers


These ribbon Awards are given with Cadet promotions; both are earned by frequent testing on knowledge of CAP history, its missions, military bearing, and physical agility.

(The Red Service Ribbon is awarded to Cadets and Seniors for two years of faithful service.)

     
Cadet
Basic

Cadet
Airman
Cadet
Airman First Class
     
   




General Curry Award

+ General Arnold Award
           
           





 
Cadet
Senior Airman
Cadet
Staff Sergeant
Cadet
Technical Sergeant
     
 



+ Mary Feik Award

+ Wright Brothers Award

+ Major Rickenbacker Award
           
           





 
Cadet
Master Sergeant
& First Sergeant
Cadet
Senior Master Sergeant
& First Sergeant
Cadet
Chief Master Sergeant
& First Sergeant
     
         
    




+ General Lindbergh Award


+ General Doolittle Award


+ Robert Goddard Award
+ Neil Armstrong Award





 
           





 

Cadet Officers









Cadet Second Lieutenant
(Possible to reach in only 18 months)
Cadet First Lieutenant Cadet Captain
(Possible to reach in only 26 months)
     










+ General Mitchell Award

+ Red Service Ribbon

+ Amelia Earhart Award
  Eligible for scholarships, Cadet Officer School, and Civic Leadership Academy; Eligible for E-3 (instead of E-1) upon enlisting in the USAF; Eligible for immediate promotion to 2d Lieut, as a Senior Member,
at age 21.


  Eligible for the International Air Cadet Exchange; Eligible for immediate promotion to 1st Lieut and the Cadet Programs Officer-Technician Rating, as a Senior Member, at age 21.
           
           





 
Cadet Major Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
(Possible to reach in only 38 months)
Cadet Colonel
     











+ General Eaker Award

+ General Spaatz Award


  Eligible to receive credit for Squadron Leadership School and Level II, as a Senior Member,
at age 21.
  Eligible for immediate promotion to Capt, credit for a Cadet Programs Officer-Senior Rating, and the General Chuck Yeager Aerospace Achievement Award, as a Senior Member, at age 21.
           





 





 

SENIOR GRADES








Senior Member and Non-Commissioned Officers

After completing the requirements of Level I, Senior Members who do not wish to become officers, may serve in the NCO grade they held during Active, Reserve, or National Guard service in any of the Armed Forces.



 
     
Senior Member
Staff Sergeant, E-5 Technical Sergeant, E-6
     









     
     
     
Master Sergeant, E-7
Senior Master Sergeant, E-8
Chief Master Sergeant, E-9



 
 





 

Flight Officers

Senior Members who have reached age 18, but not yet 21, may serve as Flight Officers. Upon reaching 21, they are appointed Senior Officers at a grade earned by prior Cadet and/or Flight Officer training. This grade could be as advanced as Captain.




     
Flight Officer Technical Flight Officer Senior Flight Officer
     














 
           





 

Senior Officers

After completing the requirements of Level I of the Prof Dev Prog and serving for six months, the Senior Member, over age 21, may be promoted to Second Lieutenant. Then begins the journey of learning and leading through the missions of Civil Air Patrol.




     
Second Lieutenant First Lieutenant
Captain
     











 
 
 
Major Lieutenant Colonel Colonel
     









(Group Commanders)
(State Legislative Sqdn Commanders and
Wing Legislative Liaison Officers)
(Wing, Vice Region, and Region Commanders)






  Warrant Officers of all the Armed Forces may be advanced to CAP officer grades in recognition of their service;
WO1/CW2 to 1st Lieut, CW3 to Capt, and CW4/CW5 to Maj, at the discretion of the promoting authority.

 Commissioned Officers of all the Armed Forces and the US PHS may be advanced to equivalent CAP officer grades in recognition of their service  (not to exceed Lieut Colonel), at the discretion of the promoting authority.

 Chaplains, Health Service Officers, Legal Officers, Aerospace Education Officers, and Finance Officers may be promoted, immediately after completing Level I of the Professional Development Program, to 1st Lieut, Capt, or Maj, dependent on their qualifications.

 Rated Pilots, Aircraft Mechanics, and Ground Instructors may be promoted,
immediately after completing Level I of the Professional Development Program, to 2d Lieut, 1st Lieut, or Capt
,
dependent on their qualifications.
           
           





 

General Officers









  Brigadier General Major General  
       












(Vice National Commander)
(National Commander)

       
       
     
       
       

CAP Decorations and Service Medals

           
   

Decorations

   
           

Silver Medal of Valor

Bronze Medal of Valor

Distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life,
above and beyond the call of normal duty.
Distinguished and conspicuous heroic action
where danger to self is probable and known.
         
   
   
     

Distinguished Service Award

Exceptional Service Award

Meritorious Service Award

Conspicuous performance of outstanding service, in a duty of great responsibility, where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige on a national scale. Exceptionally outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility, while serving in any capacity. However, the duty should carry the ultimate responsibility for the successful operation of a region, wing, or major project.

Outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP. Superior performance of normal duties does not, in itself, constitute automatic justification.

     
 
 
     

National Commander's
Commendation Award

Regional Commander's
Commendation Award

Wing Commander's
Commendation Award

Outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional
when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility.
     
 
 
     

CAP Achievement Award

Certificate for
Recognition of Lifesaving

Certificate for
Recognition of Lifesaving

Presented for outstanding service
to the unit, group, or wing.
Awarded to members who save a human life,
but do not meet the criteria for the
Bronze or Silver Medals of Valor.
Credited with a save as a result of participation
in a blood or organ transport mission.
         
   
   
   

National Commander's Unit Citation Award

Unit Citation Award

Awarded only at the discretion of the National Commander to units providing services or achievements above and beyond those normally recognized by a Unit Citation Award. Awarded for exceptionally meritorious service or
exceptionally outstanding achievement
which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.
       
       
 

Professional Development Awards

 
       

Gill Rob Wilson Award - Level V
(Attended USAF Air War College)

Gill Rob Wilson Award - Level V
(Attended USAF Air Command & Staff College)

     
Gill Rob Wilson Award - Level V
(Attended USAF Squadron Officer School)
Gill Rob Wilson Award - Level V
(Attended CAP National Staff College)
Successfully complete Level V training requirements.
     
 
 
   
Paul E. Garber Award - Level IV
(Attended USAF Air War College)
Paul E. Garber Award - Level IV
(Attended USAF Air Command & Staff College)

 

 

 

Paul E. Garber Award - Level IV
(Attended USAF Squadron Officer School)
Paul E. Garber Award - Level IV
(Attended CAP Regional Staff College)
Successfully complete Level IV training requirements.
     
 
 
     
   

Grover C. Loening Aerospace Award - Level III

  Successfully complete Level III training requirements.  
         
   
   
         
    (certificate-only award)    
 

Benjamin O. Davis Award - Level II

 
  Successfully complete Level II training requirements.  
         
   
   
     

CAP Leadership Award
(Master Rating in Specialty)

CAP Leadership Award
(Senior Rating in Specialty)

CAP Leadership Award
(Technician Rating in Specialty)

  Successfully complete Technician Rating in a training Specialty.  
         
   
   
         
       
 

CAP Membership Award - Level I

 
  Successfully complete Level I Civil Air Patrol Orientation Course.  
           
     
 

Aerospace Education Awards

 
           

The A. Scott Crossfield Award

Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager
Aerospace Education Achievement Award

Awarded by National Headquarters to members who have earned the Master level rating in the Aerospace Education specialty track
and served as Aerospace Education Officer.
Awarded for successful completion of the Yeager test portion of the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM).
           
     
 

Activity & Service Ribbons

 
           

Command Service Ribbon -
National Commander

Command Service Ribbon -
Regional Commander

           
Awarded to Senior Members who have served at least one year continuous service as commander--Squadron, Group, Wing, etc.
Only one level of command may be shown on the ribbon.
           

Command Service Ribbon -
Wing Commander

Command Service Ribbon -
Group Commander

Command Service Ribbon -
Squadron Commander

   
   
       
       
       

Red Service Ribbon - each 5 years
25 through 65 years

Red Service Ribbon - 20 years

Red Service Ribbon - 15 years

           
  Awarded at the end of periods as a Cadet or Senior Member in good standing.  
           

Red Service Ribbon - 10 years

Red Service Ribbon - 5 years

Red Service Ribbon - 2 years

   
   
       
       

Search "Find" Ribbon - Aircrews

Search "Find" Ribbon - Ground/Base Teams

Awarded by the Wing Commander to any member of the wing making a find (distress or non-distress) on a Search & Rescue mission.
         
   
   
   

Search & Rescue Ribbon - Aircrews

Search & Rescue Ribbon - Ground/Base Teams

Participate in, at least, 10 Search & Rescue sorties. All sorties must be in support of an actual Search & Rescue mission.
         
   
   
     

Counterdrug Ribbon

Disaster Relief Ribbon for
Presidential Declared Disasters

Disaster Relief Ribbon

Awarded to Senior Members for participation
in 10 Counterdrug sorties.
Awarded to any member who participates
in a disaster relief effort for a
Presidentially declared disaster.
Awarded for participation in five actual/evaluated disaster relief missions and completion of two sets of courses.
           
           

Homeland Security Ribbon

Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon

Community Service Ribbon

Awarded for participation in 10 actual
Homeland Security sorties in the interest of the security and/or defense of the nation.
Awarded to pilot members who provide
50 cadet orientation flights.




Awarded to members who complete 60 hours of community service outside of Civil Air Patrol.
       
       
       
       
 

International Air Cadet Exchange

 
Awarded to Cadets and Senior Member escorts participating in the
International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) outside the continental limits of the United States.
         
   
   
         

National Cadet Competition
Ribbon
(National winners)

National Cadet Competition
Ribbon
(Regional winners)

National Cadet Competition
Ribbon
(Wing winners)

   
   
       
       

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon
(National winners)

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon
(Regional winners)

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon
(Wing winners)

   
   
       
       

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon - National Level
+ gold shoulder cord

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon - Regional Level
+ blue shoulder cord

           

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon - Wing Level
+ red shoulder cord

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon - Group Level
+ green shoulder cord

   
   
       
       

National Cadet Special Activity Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon

Awarded to Cadets and Senior Members who participate
in any of the 26 national cadet special activities.
Awarded to Cadets for satisfactory completion of an encampment
and to Senior Members for service as encampment staff.
         
   
   
   

Senior Recruiter Ribbon

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon

Awarded to Senior Members who recruit
seven new qualified Cadets or Senior Members.
Awarded to Cadets who recruit
two new qualified Cadets or Senior Members.
         
   
   
         

Air Force Association
Squadron Cadet of the Year

Air Force Sergeants Association
Squadron NCO of the Year

   
   
       
       

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Cadet Officer Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Cadet NCO Award

 




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