Cadet First Steps
- Login into E-Services to start your training
- Complete OPSEC Training
- Acquire uniforms
- Request uniforms from unit supply officers
- Order remaining items from Vanguard
- Work on your First Promotion
- Read Learn to Lead, chapter 1. You’ll need to pass a 25-question, open-book test on this material to complete Achievement 1 and qualify for promotion to Cadet Airman. Pay attention to the learning objectives and use them to quiz yourself.
- Pass the Learn to Lead Chapter 1 Test. Take your online test. You can do so at home, at your convenience.
- Complete Remaining Promotion Requirements. Requirements can be found on the Personal Cadet Tracker or ask your Flight Staff.
Cadet Next Steps
New Cadets, ask your chain of command (Flight Sergeant, Flight Commander, First Sergeant, Deputy Cadet Commander, or Cadet Commander) about the following topics:
- Orientation "O" Flights
- Milestone Awards
- General Emergency Services (GES) Qualification
- 24-hour pack requirements
- UDF (Urban Direction Finding)
- National Cadet Special Activities
Sign up for Minnesota Wing e-mail announcements to find out about CAP opportunities outside of the squadron.
I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation.
- CAP Form 60-80: Every time you go to an activity or exercise that involves leaving the squadron hangar, you'll typically need to bring a completed Cap Form 60-80, which will need to be filled out for each activity. The form is a description of the event (Who, What, Where, When) and the top half is a half is a permission slip. This is required for insurance reasons.
- Finding out about Wing Activities: Subscribe to the Wing Mailing Lists to find out about events and activities as soon as they're announced. We highly recommend that you sign up for "Announcements", "Group 4 (our group) Mailing list", and "SEMN Mailing List" as a minimum. Another way to spot upcoming events is to go to the Wing Calendar Page.
- National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA): The first step to being selected to attend an NCSA activity is to attend Encampment. If you miss Minnesota Wing Encampment, there are Encampment options available in other Wings. Applications for Summer NCSAs are accepted from 1 December to 15 January. Applications for Winter NCSAs are accepted from 15 September to 15 October. A list of NCSAs can be found here.
- Cadet Super Chart Nearly everything you would want to know about the Cadet Program, at a glance. Super Chart
- Cadet Tracker: A handy way to keep track of your promotion progress. It's like a mini "Cadet Super Chart" that's tailor-made for the individual cadet. CAP VA 60-101
- Got Free Time? You Could Work On These Courses:
ISR Radio Module: https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.LMS.Web/Quiz/quiz_start.aspx?qid=160
Basic Instructor's Course: https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.LMS.Web/Course/course_start.aspx?c=10
Basic ORM: https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.LMS.Web/Quiz/quiz_start.aspx?qid=16
FEMA ICS-100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c
FEMA ICS-700 - An Introduction to the National Incident Management System: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.b