Welcome to the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol Iredell Composite Squadron. This document contains important information about the program to help you get started with your cadet career. Please read everything carefully.
Our Squadron, the Iredell Composite Squadron 162nd (MER-NC-162), meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each meeting has a specific focus. The first Thursday spotlights Aerospace Education. The second week is directed at Physical Fitness. The third week emphasizes Character Development, and the fourth week centers around Emergency Services Training. If there is a fifth Thursday, there is usually a fun physical activity.
As a member of the Iredell Composite Squadron, a cadet is expected to behave in a professional manner both inside the unit and when representing the Squadron at outside events. You do not have to be interested in aviation, nor are you required to enlist in the military, but there are many opportunities within CAP to take advantage of. Cadets are expected to commit to the program, respect authority and the “Chain-of-Command,” memorize the Cadet Required Knowledge, and give your best at all times. You are encouraged to attend weekly squadron meetings regularly and on time, participate in the Unit’s activities, keep up with all communications by checking your e-mail account, and make consistent efforts to progress through the promotional system.
Joining Civil Air Patrol
You must attend three meetings so that you know what you are committing to before you join the program. At your third meeting, Col. Rowan will assist you in applying for Squadron membership. The membership is applied for online, so you need to have your form of payment at the time you apply. Payment is done online unless you mail in your application. Then, you will mail in a check with your application. You can find the amount of the dues for North Carolina at http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/membership-dues/. As soon as Col. Rowan approves your application, you will be issued a CAP Identification number. This number will be used to track your progress in the program and access your e-Services account. You will enter CAP at the grade of Cadet Airman Basic (C/AB). You will begin in an introductory program that guides you through the basics of CAP and your first two promotional achievements.
Communication within the Unit
The primary source of communication within the Squadron is email. When you join, you will be provided with a G-mail account email address which is your first initial and your last name with the iredellcap.com domain (example, Cadet John Smith = firstname.lastname@example.org). You will receive your password from Col. Rowan. After you log in with that password, you can change your password to whatever you choose. Please check your Iredellcap email frequently. If you have a Facebook account, you can be added to the Squadron’s Facebook group. The group is secret and hidden from any searches, but any member of the Squadron who is in the group can send you a friend request and add you to the group. Events, photos, videos, and organizational information is often shared on the Squadron’s Facebook page.
Your e-Services Account
When you join CAP, you will need to set up an e-Services Account on www.capnhq.gov. Just go to the website, click register, and follow the directions from there. You will need your CAP ID number to complete the online registration. Most of the tests for promotions, required training, applications for National Cadet Special Activities, Model Rocketry tests, and entering completed tasks for Emergency Services are all completed in e-Services. When you register, you will be asked to provide a primary email. It is a good idea to enter your Iredellcap email, so that all CAP-specific emails, including those sent from NC Wing and National CAP Headquarters, go to your CAP Email. However, you do have the option to change your settings to forward emails to an alternate email account.
Acquiring a Uniform
All CAP Cadets regularly wear two Air Force-style uniforms: the Blue Service Dress uniform (Dress Blues) and the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU’s). Different uniforms are worn for different meetings every Thursday of the month, except Physical Training night. The monthly uniform schedule is as follows- First week (Aerospace Education Night)- Dress Blues; Second week, (Physical Training Night)- Weather appropriate athletic clothing; Third week (Character Development Night)- BDU’s; Fourth Week (Emergency Services Night)- BDU’s; Fifth Week (Physical Activity Night)- Athletic clothing.
From about October to March, the sleeves of the BDU’s uniform are worn down and the Dress Blues uniform is worn with the service coat. From April to September, the sleeves of the BDU’s uniform are worn rolled up and the Dress Blues uniform is worn with just the short sleeved shirt. You are responsible for acquiring your uniforms and keeping them in professional order. The items that you need to acquire for each uniform:
Battle Dress Uniform-
- Long Sleeved Camouflage Blouse
- Plain Black tee shirt
- Camouflage Trousers
- Plain black web belt and buckle
- Plain black socks
- Black combat boots
- BDU Embroidered Name Tape (Vanguard #CAP0599HA)
- Civil Air Patrol Embroidered Name Tape (Vanguard # CAP0599K)
- Reversed American Flag patch (Vanguard #4432430)
- Camouflage Hat
Dress Blues Uniform-
- Short Sleeved light Blue blouse
- Dark blue pants or skirt
- Dark Blue blazer-style Service Coat
- Dark blue web belt with silver tip and buckle
- Black/Navy socks
- Black low quarters/ heels (must be shorter than 3”)
- Navy Blue Flight Cap
Beginning June 1, 2015, CAP is beginning a new program that rewards Cadets who complete the Curry Achievement with a $100 voucher to be used toward the purchase of their dress blues. For more information, please visit
Here are some resources where you can acquire necessary items:
- The Squadron: There is a limited supply of Dress Blues and BDU uniforms, including shirts, trousers, and boots. Please see the Supply Officer for assistance.
- Vanguard- vanguardmil.com is the official vendor of CAP supplies. All devices, ribbons, and other uniform accouterments can be obtained at this web site. CAP uniform items may be purchased from this site as well.
- America’s Army-Navy Store – Charlotte- New and used BDU uniform items, including blouses, trousers, field jackets, and boots.
- Secure the Perimeter- Mooresville – New and used BDU uniform items, including blouses, trousers, field jackets, and boots. Some dress blue items, including flight caps.
Your grade insignia will be provided with each promotion. Refer to CAPM 39-1, the Civil Air Patrol Uniform Manual, the documents in your member kit, and instructions from Cadet Officers and NCOs regarding how to wear your uniform.
The Chain of Command
When you enter the Program, your chain of command will start with the Great Start Flight Sergeant. When you make the rank of C/Amn, you will be placed in an Element. Your Element Leader will be responsible for guiding and mentoring you as you progress in the program. He/she is the first person in your chain of command, therefore you will go directly to your Element Leader for any questions or concerns. Commitment, dedication, and responsibility on your part are required in order to attain leadership positions in the unit. The Cadet Organizational Chart is a regularly-updated illustration of the chain of command of the Iredell Composite Squadron’s Cadet structure. It is posted on the unit’s cadet bulletin board. The charts are also posted on the Squadron’s Facebook page.
Earning Your Stripes: The Promotional Process
You may begin to test for your first achievement (General John F. Curry Achievement Award/Cadet Airman) immediately upon joining. Immediately after your achievement is approved in e-Services, you may begin testing for your next achievement, but you cannot earn that achievement until 8 weeks have passed. To promote, you must fill out an Application for Cadet Achievement Award. Here are the general promotion requirements:
- PT Tests- This test is administered on the second Thursday of every month (PT Night). It consists of a sit-and-reach, push-ups, and curl-ups (pass two of these three); and a shuttle run and mile run (pass either one of these). You must refer to the Cadet Super chart to list the required standard for each event, which increase as age and rank progress. Have whoever administered the tests sign your PT form when you pass the test, and attach this form to the achievement form.
- Drill Test- Each enlisted rank (C/Amn – C/CMSgt) requires a drill and ceremonies test that tests cadets’ proficiency in a certain area of drill movement. It is important to let the first person in your chain of command know if you need any help with the drill movements. Have whoever evaluated your drill test sign your test paper, and have the Deputy Commander sign the Drill Test block on your promotional form and attach the drill test paper to the form.
- Character Development Forum- Every third Thursday night of the month, we hold a Character Development forum where many sorts of moral issues that test critical thinking and reasoning are discussed. All cadets are required to attend these forums for promotions. Have Lt. Ayscue sign the Character Development block on your promotional form.
- Aerospace Education Test- This is not required for the first achievement or for the Wright Brothers’ Award, but it is required for the rest. These written tests evaluate cadets’ aerospace knowledge and are based on the Aerospace Dimensions modules. These tests may be taken online on e-Services under the “Cadet Online Testing” tab. The test is a multiple choice test. Fill out the information of the test in the Aerospace block on your own when you pass.
- Leadership Test- These tests are administered in the same manner as the Aerospace tests*, but are based on the Learn to Lead textbook. These tests may also be taken on e-Services under the “Cadet Online Testing” tab.
*Comprehensive exams for each milestone achievement (Wright Brothers, Mitchell, etc.) must be taken in written form at one of the weekly meetings.
When you have completed all the necessary requirements, you must email the Cadet Commander to request a promotion board. Once it is determined that you may promote, sign the “Requester’s Signature” box and give the promotional papers to the Cadet Commander for approval. You will need to recite the Cadet Oath (Found in the Cadet Required Knowledge) from memory When you have done all this, the Cadet Commander will approve your form and forward it to the Deputy Cadet Commander for approval. Congratulations, you have earned your first stripe!!!
Thank you again for joining the Iredell Composite Squadron. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may still have. We will do whatever we can to help make your cadet career an excellent one. In the mean time, good luck!! Semper Vigilans!! For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, you may visit www.capmembers.com and http://capmembers.com/cadet_programs/parents/.