Great Start Program
The purpose of the Great Start Program is to provide a strong foundation for our squadron's new cadets. At the end of the training program, cadets will be well positioned to earn their first Civil Air Patrol achievement, the Gen. John F. Curry Award. Great Start cadets will be formed into their own flight within the squadron under the leadership of their Great Start Flight Commander and the supervision and instruction of their Great Start Flight Sergeant. Additional instruction will be provide by both senior and cadet staff members.
Our next Great Start training date is:
Our next Great Start training date is:
Gen. John F. Curry Achievement Requirements
The Curry Award marks the transition from Cadet Basic to Cadet Airman (C/Amn). The Great Start program addresses the following criteria required in order for the cadet to earn this award.
Active participation in the Great Start program ensures that the cadet is well prepared for their future role as a leader.
The culmination of the Great Start program for every cadet who meets the above stated requirements is the Board of Review. The cadet will be requested to report to the Deputy Commander for Cadets and the members of the review board, which typically inclues the GS Flight Commander and GS Flight Sergeant. The cadet will be asked:
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program provides leadership instruction through their Learn to Lead curriculum. The first step for new cadets is Chapter 1 - Character and the Air Force Tradition. This chapter introduces cadets to our Core Values, the Cadet Oath, military customs and courtesies, the uniform and the structure of the squadron. Each cadet will demonstrate mastery of their newfound knowledge by passing a 25-question online assessment through E-Services. This is an open book test with a 30 minute time limit.
If cadets have not yet received their new cadet packet, an e-version of Chapter 1 is available below.
CLICK HERE for a link to the Leadership 1 Exam. You will have to log in to eServices with your CAPID and password, but you will be taken right to the exam section. Once there, read the instructions on the page and click on "Leadership Chapter 1 Test." After that, there will be a pop-up box where it will ask you to agree to take the test yourself (no cheating) and click on "Take Test." Then all you need to do is click on "Start Leadership 1 Test." When you finish, you will know immediately if you passed. Follow all instructions! Remember to click "Finish" when you are done, so your score is recorded. **If you have not received your CAPID number yet, you will not yet be able to take this online version. A paper version may be administered.
The Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT) consists of a run event: either a timed mile run or shuttle run, and strength and flexibility events: sit-ups, push-ups, and sit and reach. Cadets must pass the run event as well as 2 out of 3 of the strength and flexibility elements.
Specific requirements are based on the President's Physical Fitness challenge and are established by age, gender and the achievement phase of each cadet. These requirements can be found on page 32 of CAPP 52-18 Cadet Physical Fitness Program.
Cadets must learn and understand an introductory set of military drill commands and be able to demonstrate a series of basic facing movements as outlined below:
Fall in, Parade Rest, Attention, Present Arms, Order Arms, About Face, Dress Right Dress, Ready Front, Right Face, Left Face, At Ease, Hand Saute, Eyes Right, Ready Front, Fall out.
Character Development Class
The Character Development class introduces cadets to CAP's four core values: Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect. Cadets will be expected to describe these core values, explaining why they are needed and how they are lived. Cadets will also discuss and explain the meaning and purpose of the Cadet Oath.
Cadets will be introduced to the guiding role that safety plays in everything CAP does. This class includes a safety exam which can be taken online or in a classroom environment.
Cadets will learn the reason for and the importance of Operational Security and will be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which requires them to protect sensitive CAP mission information.