Parent’s Guide

Welcome!

We are glad that you and your child want to be part of the Civil Air Patrol.  We understand that it is your child that is joining but you are also committing to being supportive of them in this activity. (And of course, you are welcomed to join too!) The following is a very simple guide to help you and your child get started in Civil Air Patrol.

Meetings:  To begin attending meetings, your child will need black plain t-shirts, nice blue jeans, gym shorts & black t-shirt for Physical Training (PT) and tennis shoes.

Application: Our squadron requires prospective cadets to attend four meetings before discussing application. Four meetings provides the prospective cadet with a fair assessment of our unit’s mission, goals and activities. CAP is a commitment to be taken seriously. Once the commander or the deputy commander for cadets has approved the prospective cadet to apply, they may do so online or via paper application. Membership dues vary by state, for NE is normally around $30.00 cadet, $60.00 senior members.

  • Paper applications can be found with a step by step instructions under “How to Join”. Membership dues for paper applications require a check or money order payable to Civil Air Patrol along the CAPF 15 application. Before mailing the completed application we suggest to retain a copy for your records.
  • Online applications are efficient, fast, and require the unit’s charter number, please use NE-058. Membership dues for online applications are payable with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover online.

Email Addresses: Make sure that the squadron has the right email addresses for both you and your child as emails with information and upcoming activities are sent out regularly. In addition, you can check out the unit calendar on this site under the Events Calendar tab.

Waiting: If using the paper application, while awaiting approval your future cadet can continue attending meetings and start working on the Curry. The only caveat at this point is that he/she will not be able to participate in some squadron activities until a membership number is issued. This is due primarily for compliance with CAP regulation and insurance purposes.

Waiting is reduced drastically if using the online application. Your cadet can claim credentials to eServices, comply with Safety training, and take their first Leadership test for the first Achievement named Curry.

While waiting for the membership card to arrive, we encourage cadets to visit the New Cadet Help page and start browsing through the listed navigation bar on the left hand side. Start with the Cadet Program section. If you wish, you can download the first packet on leadership and get your cadet studying for the Curry to be promoted to Airman. Here the cadet will learn the Civil Air Patrol Oath and some basics on behavior expectations. This can be done before the cadet’s membership has been approved.

Membership Notice: The Commander will get notification of acceptance and national will send you an email of your cadet’s membership number with instructions to validate membership number through eServices.

Membership Kit:  After application is completed, a few weeks later your cadet will receive a CAP ID Card and course materials from National (in a separate shipment). New cadets are encouraged to obtain a three-ring binder of their choice to store their Leadership materials. Cadets will also need a separate binder for the Emergency Services (ES) materials that they will be given in ES classes.

Uniform details: The squadron does its best to issue uniforms, however, expect to purchase boots, shoes, caps, belts, and personalized items. Some patches and uniform insignia can be purchased form the squadron office.

CAP has begun the transition to a different utility uniform.  The Battle-Dress Uniform (“BDU”) is being slowly phased out with the Airman Battle Uniform (“ABU”) as replacement. Our unit is working to securing ABUs for its members, keep in mind we may not find available all pieces, but we’ll do our best.

For all personalized items go to Vanguard Civil Air Patrol Online Store.

Items to obtain from Vanguard, using Curry voucher or personal funds:

  • Name Tape (two tapes in an order) SKU: CAP6402
  • Civil Air Patrol Tape SKU: CAP6403
  • Name Plate (blue with white letters) SKU: CAP0599M
  • Flight Cap device SKU: CAP0748A
  • BDU Cover (purchase online through private vendors)
  • BDU Belt SKU: 2500510

Items available at our office:

  • NE Wing Patch
  • Squadron Patch

CAP has implemented the Curry Blues Voucher’s vendor with a $100.00 towards the purchase of Blues through Vanguard. Upon a cadets first stripe, the Curry voucher will be sent via email for Vanguard use. Cadets may use their vouchers to purchase items relating to the “blues” uniform, including:

  • Blues garments:  shirts, trousers, skirts
  • Flight cap
  • Belt and buckle
  • Shoes
  • Necktie or tab
  • Insignia:  airmen chevrons, flight cap device, blue 3-line nameplate, curry ribbon, ribbon holder
Facebook: For the privacy of our members our Facebook group page is open to squadron members only. However, as a parent, we encourage you to request membership. Find us on us under 155th Composite Squadron-Civil Air Patrol.

Twitter: Follow our unit on Twitter @155thSquadCAP

Emergency Services:  As part of the CAP missions, our squadron takes Emergency Services training seriously while aiming compliance for all mission training exercises. Each member is responsible to log in training information through eServices. Once your cadet is a member, take a moment to go into eServices to become familiar with the site and most specially the “My Operations Qualifications” area. You will receive more information on this as membership is completed.

24-Hour Pack:  For Emergency Services, the Cadet will need a pack that they will need to have ready to go at a moment’s notice and filled with enough materials to survive for 24 hours. CAP Knowledgebase has a comprehensive 24- Hour Pack List.

Meeting schedule, location, and Uniform of the Day (UOD):  We meet every Monday from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm sequentially with corresponding uniforms. New cadets will wear plain black t-shirts and jeans until uniforms are issued. In general meeting schedule is as follows:

1st Monday: Physical Training/Testing (PT/Testing); ANG. UOD: PT uniform, black t-shirt and shorts

2nd Monday: Leadership; Univ. Nebraska-Lincoln, Lancaster County Extension Office. UOD: Blues

3rd Monday: Emergency Services (ES); ANG. UOD: BDU’s

4th Monday: Aerospace Education (AE); ANG. UOD: Blues

Months with a 5th Monday will have a special activity.  Schedule is subject to change. Check the Events Calendar tab for up to date meeting information.

Miscellaneous:  If you have any questions you can ask any Senior Member or just look through the resources identified on this page and on our squadron page. If you have suggestions or concerns, please contact the Squadron Commander or the Deputy Commander for Cadets.

Our CAP squadron is always in search for Senior Members because they are the working back bone of a CAP squadron.  Many rewarding opportunities await you as a CAP SM, if you would like to volunteer with CAP, contact any Senior Member for details.

 

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