How To Promote


Congratulations on working toward promoting as a Civil Air Patrol cadet! The individual cadet is ultimately responsible for accomplishing all eligibility requirements necessary to qualify for promotion. However, fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements is only half the battle. As cadets progress through the ranks, they must also demonstrate a progression from good followership to responsible leadership and beyond.

Use the “Promotion Progress Forms” to work with your Supervising Cadet Officer and/or Cadet Programs Senior Member Leadership to establish your promotion goals, understand your achievement requirements, and learn the leadership traits expected for the Achievement or Milestone you are working toward. This will help you succeed in CAP and at life.

Completing The Promotion Progress Form

1. PRINT the Promotion Progress Form associated with the Achievement / Milestone you are working toward. Place it in your Cadet Binder (a 3-ring binder). Consider this binder a part of your uniform. You are responsible for bringing your binder to every cadet meeting because it contains valuable information and you will need to get your attendance and activities signed off as you complete them.

2. As soon as possible, ideally immediately after your latest Promotions Board, schedule to meet with your Supervising Cadet Officer or other designated mentor to complete the Cadet Agreement To Complete Achievement. In determining the “expected date of next promotion,” the “Time In Grade” requirement is 56-days from your last promotion.

  • Exceptions To Time In Grade Requirement:
    • Can earn Achievement 1 – Curry – Cadet/Airman the same day you join, if all requirements have been met.
    • JROTC / ROTC / Service Academy cadets who meet eligibility requirements may promote every 28 days (see limitations in CAPR 60-1).

3. Review the entire Cadet Promotion Progress Form with your Supervising Cadet Officer or other designated mentor. Ensure you are familiar with the expectations and requirements to advance to the next rank.

Attendance Requirement

It is important to know where your personal attendance log is and how to use it. For each meeting you attend, report to your Supervising Cadet in your chain of command. (For cadets below NCO, that will typically be your Element Leader.) They will do a uniform inspection, review your progress on your Cadet Promotion Sheet and provide any necessary feedback. The Supervising Cadet will then sign your attendance log located at the bottom of page 1 of the form.


Achievement Requirements

This section shows you the testing requirements for promotion. You must record a “PASS” or “SCORE” and have it verified and signed off on by a Supervising Cadet Officer or Testing Officer.

Learn To Lead – Leadership Training:

Leadership training utilizes several texts that cover 16 chapters that take a cadet through the leadership progression from follower, to leader, to planner-supervisor, to advisor-counselor.

1. Use the Promotion Progress Form to determine the Learn To Lead chapter material you are required to know for you next promotion.

2. Study the associated course material in your Learn to Lead text. Your Learn To Lead books come to you in the mail. BUT DON’T WAIT! They are also available on our Learn To Lead – Leadership link.

3. When you are ready to take the test, log into eServices ( using your CAPID and password.

  • Click on “Menu” with the three horizontal lines, located in the top left of the screen
  • Click on “Cadet Programs” in the drop-down menu
  • Click on “Cadet Online Testing” in the drop-down menu. This will take you to the testing page
  • Under “Modules” on the left-side menu, click on “Leadership Tests”
  • Select and complete the test

Contact a Squadron Testing Officer if you have any questions, concerns or problems with testing.

Learn To Lead – Drill and Ceremonies:

Drill and ceremonies as a tool for leadership development. Drill is a skill that teaches all the elements of followership – immediate response to orders, attention to detail, complying with specific direction, and the importance of teamwork.

1. Use the Promotion Progress Form to determine the Drill & Ceremonies Achievement Test required for you next promotion.

2. Use CAPT 78-2, Learn To Lead: Drill & Ceremonies Test Manual, to look up your Drill Test Score Sheet. Print the Score Sheet and place it in your binder (you are required to bring this to your testing date)

3. Review the Drill Test Score Sheet so you know what you are required to learn and perform for your test

4. Study the maneuvers you are responsible for learning in CAPP 60-33, Civil Air Patrol Drill and Ceremonies Pamphlet

5. Practice the maneuvers multiple times ensuring you know each command and the drill maneuver associated with the command, and are able to successfully complete the maneuver as cleanly and as crisply as possible

6. Visit the Leadership – Drill Resource page for videos demonstrating basic drill techniques

7. If you need assistance, ask for help from your Cadet Leaders.

8. When you are ready to test, you MUST use the Squadron established procedures to officially request a Drill Test

Aerospace Education (AE):

Aerospace Education is one of CAP’s Congressionally mandated missions. It is also an important part of cadet progression in Cadet Programs.

1. Use the Promotion Progress Form to determine IF an Aerospace Education test is required for you next promotion. (Not all Achievements require an AE test.)

2. There are two AE programs depending on your Achievement level. Course textbooks are mailed to you and are also available online via eServices. (Menu – Aerospace Education – AE Downloads and Resources)

  • Phase I and II Cadets: Aerospace Dimensions. Complete any of the six (6) module tests in any order. This is to allow cadets to work with the AE instruction they are receiving at the Squadron.

a. Introduction To Flight

b. Aircraft Systems and Airports

c. Air Environment

d. Rockets

e. Space Environment

f. Spacecraft

  • Phase III and IV Cadets: Aerospace: The Journey of Flight. Complete one test during Achievements 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 16. You may take the tests in any order. If possible, study the “Journey” chapters corresponding to the “Aerospace Dimensions” module being studied by the cadets you are mentoring or instructing.

a. Introduction To Flight – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 1, 7, and 8

b. Aircraft Systems and Airports – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 2, 9, and 10

c. Air Environment – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 3, 18, and 19

d. Rockets – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 4. 21, and 23

e. Space Environment – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 5, 24, and 25

f. Spacecraft – corresponding study: “Journey” Chapters 6, 26, and 27

3. When you are ready to take the test, log into eServices ( using your CAPID and password.

  • Click on “Menu” with the three horizontal lines, located in the top left of the screen
  • Click on “Cadet Programs” in the drop-down menu
  • Click on “Cadet Online Testing” in the drop-down menu. This will take you to the testing page
  • Under “Modules” on the left-side menu, click on “Aero Dimensions Tests”
  • Select and complete the test you have prepared to take

Contact a Squadron Testing Officer if you have any questions, concerns or problems with testing.

Physical Training:

The CAP Cadet Physical Fitness Mission is: To Increase Cadet’s Physical Fitness And To Motivate Them To Develop A Lifelong Habit Of Regular Activity. The PT program is administered in accordance with CAPP 60-50, Active Cadet Fitness Guide. PT involves sit-ups (curl-ups), push-ups, a 1-mile run, and sit-n-reach.

1. Use the Standards for Healthy Fitness Zone chart, located on page 39 of CAPP 60-50, Active Cadet Fitness Guide, to determine mandatory minimum PT scores for each category.

2. Improving Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT) performance requires a personal commitment to DAILY actions that form lifelong healthy habits. This includes areas such as sleep, nutrition and exercise. Check out our Fitness link for more information and assistance on how to improve your health and fitness level.

3. CPFT testing should be offered on a regular basis at your Squadron. If you are in need of a CPFT test and do not know the testing schedule at your Squadron, contact your Supervising Cadet for guidance.

NOTE 1: Although a “passing” CPFT score is not required for the first 3 Achievements, cadets are required to attempt the CPFT in order to complete Achievement 1. Furthermore, cadets are required to show continuous improvement in their CPFT scores to complete Achievements 2 and 3.

NOTE 2: Cadets seeking the Spaatz Award must pass the USAF Academy Candidate Fitness Assessment. These guidelines are much more stringent. It is advised that cadets start EARLY training to achieve these fitness standards before approaching this Milestone.

Character Development:

Participate in at least 1 Character Development forum in the past 90 days. It is the cadet’s responsibility to request that the CDI Officer / Chaplain sign your Promotion Progress Form to verify your attendance.

NOTE: For Achievement 1, the mandatory Character Development forum is the Cadet Wingman Course.

Other Training Requirements

When you first join CAP, you will have some additional training requirements such as OPSEC and EO that need to be accomplished, or renewal of Cadet Protection training. When required, they will be entered in this section.

Operational Security (OPSEC): As soon as you get your CAPID and log into eServices (located at, you will be prompted to take this training lesson. This is a very simple training activity that involves you reviewing some material online and then answering a few easy questions.

Equal Opportunity (EO) Training: You are required to take EO training to learn about how equal opportunity applies in CAP. This is a very simple training activity that involves you reviewing some material online and then answering a few easy questions. After completion of the online training, cadets are required to have an in-person briefing on Equal Opportunity. The DCC or Designee can verify completion.

Other Training, Saturday Events, Activities

Character Development Instruction (CDI) is offered once a month during regular cadet meetings. Once you have participated in a Character Development Forum that meets the Achievement Requirements detailed above, enter additional CDI Forums in this section. This is important because your CDI component must be within 90 days of your request for a Promotions Board.

Participation in activities is an important part of CAP and a required component to show active participation in the Cadet Program. Write in the name of the activity and, when possible, request that the officer in charge of the activity sign off on your participation the same day of the activity. Otherwise, have your attendance verified and signed off as soon after as possible.

Activities will be announced at Squadron meetings and advertised on the Squadron public calendar and in email correspondence. You must fill out a CAP Form 60-81 to participate in any CAP activity that is not a “regular” meeting. (Additional forms may also be required.)

NOTE: CAPF 60-81 and other important Cadet Programs forms are available on the Cadet Programs Forms link.

Pre-Promotions Board Review

1st and 2nd Endorsements

The cadet is responsible for making arrangements to meet with his/her Supervising Cadet Officer and the DCC or other designated Cadet Programs Senior Member. These officials MUST have observed the cadet during the evaluation period in order to review the Promotion Progress Form and provide the necessary Endorsement to refer the cadet to a Promotions Board. In addition to everything listed above, they will also evaluate the cadet in the following areas:

General Advancement Prerequisites:

You will be responsible for learning and perfecting these requirements. You must be able to demonstrate these prerequisites to both the supervising cadet officer and Cadet Programs Senior Member Officer. Some resources to help you with these requirements are listed below.

Proper Uniform Wear and Grooming  and Dress Standards:

Cadets must possess a complete CAP uniform and is in compliance with grooming and dress standards defined in the CAPM 39-1 (CAP Uniform Manual). The uniform will NOT be worn until the cadet is in full compliance. Uniform guidance is available on our Uniforms page.

Cadet Memory Items – Cadet Oath:

Cadet must be able to recite the Cadet Oath from memory. Retest can occur as many times as necessary to attain 100% accuracy. Cadet memory items, including the cadet oath, are available on our Memory Items page.

Leadership Expectations and Other Criteria:

Cadets are responsible for knowing what their leadership expectations are and fulfilling them. Evaluation of these elements is ongoing throughout the evaluation period.

Requesting A Promotions Board

If you meet all eligibility requirements and receive both Endorsements for referral to a Promotions Board, it is the responsibility of the cadet to use the Squadron established procedure to officially request a Promotions Board.

Leadership Feedback Form
(Cadet’s Perspective)

Immediately following your Promotions Board, you will be provided a copy of your Leadership Feedback Form. You are required to complete the “Cadet’s Perspectives” sections and return the Feedback Form to your supervising cadet officer.

What Is Next?

Keep progressing! Print off the Promotion Progress Form for the next Achievement / Milestone and meet with your Supervising Cadet Officer to get started on your next promotion.


Achievement 1 - Curry