Santa Barbara Composite Squadron 131
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New Senior Members




SANTA BARBARA, California 93117


FROM:      Captain Neil Malone, Squadron 131 USAF Auxiliary

SUBJECT:   Joining Civil Air Patrol and Initial Orientation Training

  1. Welcome to Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 131.  We sincerely thank you for your interest and considering the worthwhile endeavor of volunteering to be part of a mission to serve your community and country.

  1. After attending three Squadron 131 meetings (not necessarily consecutively) and, if you have decided to join us, and have had a satisfactory pre membership meeting with the commander and his staff, you may submit an application and be fingerprinted. At that time you will pay the annual National Dues – currently $79.00. Also at that time you must pay the annual Squadron 131 Dues of $100.00.  Subsequently, both the National and Squadron annual renewal dues must be paid on or before the anniversary date of your joining CAP. Failure to pay these dues in a timely manner may cause you to be denied advancement or participation in CAP and squadron activities.

  1. You will be notified by CAP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS when your application has been processed and you have been assigned a CAP Identification Number. You will need your CAP ID No. to register for the CAP e-Services website and to begin your initial training. You can link to e-Services to open your account at the following CAP website address:  (eServices Sign-in) (Have your CAP ID No. handy.)



  1. OPERATIONAL SECURITY AWARENESS TRAINING (OPSEC) is included in your first sign in process. The OPSEC section is mandatory for all members and is the basis for the protection of sensitive information regarding operations or missions.

  1. BEGIN LEVEL ONE TRAINING. Completion of this is crucial for all new members. Without it, you cannot participate in any Emergency Services missions and cannot move on to the next level of your professional development. You will accomplish this training by means of your own efforts and with the assistance of the PDO. When you have completed this training, you will be interviewed to determine if you have mastered the material. The following describes the location of the training material and some additional information:

  • The web site address is:

  • Sign into eServices with your CAP ID and Password.

  • It should take you about 4.0 – 5.0 hours to complete the online lessons.  It need not be done all in one sitting. The lessons are designed to be completed sequentially.

  • Remember, you must complete all lessons and the test.  There are no time limits when taking the test.




a.  GO TO: On Line Learning.  You will find this in the blue column to the left of the screen.

b.  GO TO:  Learning Management Systems (LMS)  This will be on the white page to the right of the screen.

c.  YOU Will SEE:  “Courses You Have Started” at the top of the pages.

d.  Scroll down to and click on:  “Level 1 Orientation” “Starting your Journey”

e.  Read: Course Introduction and Requirements.

f.  When you have finished e. above, go to the next page below: “LEVEL 1 ORIENTATION LESSONS”

g.  READ and study each section.  When finished, take the 35 question quiz.  You must pass the quiz with an 80% or higher grade.  Note:  you may take the quiz as many times as it takes to pass.

  1. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK for help at any time during your self study and self testing if you get bogged down in any way.  At any time, ask existing members any questions you may have. They too have been through this process and will be happy to provide you with guidance and advice.



(1)  General Emergency Services exams are found at the following link: (SCROLL DOWN TO EMERGENCY SERVICES)  

       Complete  CAPT 116 part 1 (General ES)

       Complete  CAPT 117 part 1 and 2   


You have now completed the basic course material.  Contact the Squadron Commander, Captain Neil Malone, to advise him that you are finished with the above training and make an appointment for a Summary Review meeting.

(You must also review the following topics before your Summary Meeting with the Commander.)



Also you must pick a job for yourself

You may choose to be on an air crew:  Mission Pilot (MP), Transport Pilot (TP), Mission Observer (MO), Mission Scanner (MS), Airborne Photographer (AP). And you may choose other jobs from this Specialty Tracks List.  Be familiar with this list before your Conversation with the unit commander.


CAP Specialty Tracks List (CAPR 50-17,

This list contains short descriptions of each specialty track.

200 — Personnel Officer.  Performs duties related to processing unit personnel actions such as membership applications, promotions, and charter changes. Establishes and maintains up-to-date personnel files and ensures all regulations, policy letters, and forms required to administer the unit’s personnel program are available and up-to date. Develops local unit personnel policies and procedures, provides assistance and guidance to the unit commander and other staff members on all personnel matters, and monitors the overall personnel program within their jurisdiction.

201 — Public Affairs Officer.  Assists the commander on all media relations and internal information matters. Plans, develops, and implements a public affairs program based on media relations, community relations, and internal information activities. Acts as liaison with other organizations and agencies as required in the performance of these activities.

202 — Finance Officer.  Responsible for posting ledgers and preparing vouchers, checks, and deposits for unit accounts. Prepares unit budget, controls monies, monitors transactions, and prepares monthly activity reports. Keeps commander advised in all financial matters.

203 Inspection Officer.  Performs inspections when required. Prepares inspection checklists for all areas of inspection and prepares written reports of inspections as required. Reviews publications, plans, policies, and statistics to determine areas of special interest. Briefs commander and staff on inspections and recommendations.

204 – Professional Development Officer.  Plans, coordinates, and schedules senior member training activities. Maintains unit training records, training library, and operates audio-visual equipment. Prepares documentation in support of training awards for the commander’s review. Coordinates member training accomplishments with other staff members. Instructs at training courses. Advises the commander on training required to meet unit manning needs.

205 — Administration Officer.  Maintains master publications library. Prepares correspondence, reports, schedules, inventories, and requisitions. Operates centralized correspondence and message distribution center. Reviews locally developed publications to ensure they are administratively correct prior to publication.                                  

206 — Logistics Officer.  Responsible for receipt, storage, distribution, recovery, and

proper disposal of all CAP property held by the unit. Recommends allocation of motor vehicles and maintains motor vehicle records. Responsible for vehicle maintenance, marking, and painting. Ensures aircraft are painted and identified in accordance with current directives and makes sure aircraft are maintained in an airworthy condition.        

210 — Flight Operations Officer.  Responsible for the management and control of unit aircrews, aircraft, and flight operations. Understands CAP flight management policies and procedures and the administrative procedures governing flight operations. Assists in the preparation of plans, programs, and directives to govern the unit.

211 — Operations Officer.  Develops operations policies and procedures to ensure mission accomplishment and provide guidance to unit personnel. These activities include developing standing operating procedures, evaluation methods, and accident prevention programs and reporting procedures. Requests transportation and mission authorizations.

212 — Standardization/Evaluation Officer.  Technician: Performs duties as a CAP instructor pilot and check pilot, responsible for flight and ground instruction as well as flight evaluation in CAP aircraft. Senior: Performs duties as a CAP check pilot, administers check flights, written examinations, and maintains pilot training folders. Master: Wing pilot designated to administer check flights, written examinations, and develop wing training and evaluation procedures.

213 — Emergency Services Officer.  Assists the commander by managing and directing emergency service activities. Establishes working relationships with local agencies responsible for search and rescue, disaster relief, and other local emergencies. Develops emergency service plans, training programs, and standard operating procedures and maintains a rapid alerting system to assemble emergency service resources as needed.

214 — Communications Officer.  Maintains and operates radio equipment. Familiarizes communications trainees with the basic concept of CAP communications operation. Operates CAP radio stations. Develops and implements communications plans, programs, and directives. Plans and conducts communications conferences, meetings, and workshops.

215 — Aerospace Education Officer.  Implements aerospace education activities and duties involving cadets, seniors, aerospace education members, communities and schools. Develops materials and activities and promotes aerospace education programs for the local community. Assists the commander in making aerospace education related policy decisions.

216 — Cadet Program Officer.  Conducts cadet training in aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, moral leadership, and other activities. As special assistant to the commander, implements and monitors programs in cadet personnel and administration, cadet activities, aerospace education, or leadership laboratory.

217 — Safety Officer.  Manages the safety program. Develops safety plans, programs, and directives. Coordinates with other staff agencies to develop accident prevention procedures and collects data to determine safety program effectiveness. Conducts accident investigations.

218 — Plans and Programs Officer.  Gets programs started and completed, and keeps the commander informed on the progress of each program. Develops plans and programs to accomplish assigned tasks. Coordinates activities of other staff sections and assigned

units in accomplishing goals and objectives set out by the commander.                                      

219 — Legal Officer and Medical Officer.  Discuss  these Specialty Tracks with the Squadron 150 PDO.

220 – Health Services. See CAPR 160-1.

221 — Chaplain.  Provides worship, liturgies, rites, and religious observations. Conducts pastoral counseling, spiritual nurture, and ethics and values instruction. Provides group pastoral care and spiritual renewal. Gives advice on religious, ethical, and quality of life concerns and maintains ecclesiastical and clergy relations.  Discuss with the PDO

222 — Commanding Officer.  Specialty code 222 is used only to designate personnel in command positions and is not a specialty training track.

223 — Historian.  Responsible for unit historical program. Collects and preserves historically significant material. Publishes general and special histories, monographs, and studies. Publishes material to inform the general public about CAP history. Attends meeting of historical and other learned societies.

225 — Moral Leadership Officer.  The MLO performs in a capacity similar to a chaplain, but is not required to meet the ecclesiastical endorsement and education level prerequisites for a chaplaincy. There is no MLO study guide at this time. Talk to your senior program officer and wing chaplain if you are considering this specialty.

226 — Recruiting and Retention Officer.  (Under revision)

227 — Information Technology Officer.

Note: At your meeting with the unit commander you will choose one of these specialty tracks based on your interests and the needs of the squadron.  So it is important for you to review the list before your meeting with him.



Or search your browser for Civil Air Patrol Uniform Manual 39-1 rev. 2016






You must become a Mission Scanner First

             Here’s how to do it.  Go into eServices, click on ‘Operations’, then click on ‘Operations Qualifications’, then go to ‘Print Blank Worksheets’, then in ‘Achievement’ drop down to Mission Scanner (MS), and print the Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR).   

Then study the Aircrew & FlightlineTask Guide:


For more information See YOUR OWN SQUADRON 131 MEMBER RECORDS

In eServices go to:


Revised 24 APR 2018


Captain Neil Malone, CAP
Commander Santa Barbara Composite Squadron 131

Airborne Photographer SET

U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

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