First Tasks for Newly Approved Cadets
1. Create an account in eServices.
Use THIS LINK to create your account in eServices using your assigned CAP ID number and temporary password. Make sure to change your password and keep it in a safe place.
You will also be prompted to do some preliminary training for OPSEC (Operational Security) in order to proceed to use the eServices website.
As you create your account, double-check that your contact information is complete and correct. This should include:
Parent(s) Contact Info: Entries for both email and phone number (preferably cell). Be sure to put parent’s name in entries. A separate entry will be required for a parent or other person as an emergency contact as well.
Cadet Contact Info: Entries for both email and phone number (preferably cell). Be sure to put cadet name in name section.
Emergency Contact Info: Entries for additional emergency contacts to include the phone number, contact person’s name and relation to the cadet.
2. Look Around.
Your NEW CADET KIT will arrive within 10 days of your officially joining CAP. Watch your mailbox.
Start now by looking through the NEW CADET GUIDE. Make this guide your #1 resource for getting started in CAP. It will explain WEARING THE UNIFORM, STAYING SAFE, and ENJOYING A GREAT 1st YEAR IN CAP.
Give the PARENTS’ GUIDE to your mom, dad, or guardian. To be a successful cadet, you’ll need their support, and the Parents’ Guide can help you explain to them why CAP is important to you.
3. Get Into Uniform.
Visit our Squadron Uniform page for the most up-to-day info on uniforms.
- NOTE: Please discuss PT uniform items with Cadet Leadership prior to purchase. We are developing a Squadron PT uniform that will be a lot less expensive and more readily available than the Air Force PT uniforms we have been using.
(This note was revised on: 29 January 2019)
4. Read Your Leadership Text.
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.
5. Pass the Learn to Lead Chapter 1 Test.
Take your online test. (CAP eServices account required to access test.) You can do so at home, at your convenience. Record your passing score on the Personal Cadet Tracker. (Keep a copy of your Personal Cadet Tracker in your CAP binder.)
6. Plan to Attend Encampment.
Encampment is a full immersion into all the opportunities of cadet life. It’ll be the high point of your first year! Most encampments are 1-week in duration and held during the summer. Check the encampment page to see if information is available and mark your calendar, or ask your squadron for details.
Basic Expectations for 1st Year Cadets
★ Stay with CAP for at least 1 year. Give the cadet experience a chance to impact your life.
★ Attend your weekly squadron meetings and other squadron events and activities.
★ Attend one “Saturday” event per month, if available.
★ Attend encampment. It’s an awesome, week-long, overnight activity immersing you into all facets of cadet life.
★ Earn the Wright Brothers’ Award during your first year.
★ Keep school and family obligations your first priorities.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I earn promotions?
Visit Stripes to Diamonds. It will tell you exactly what you need to do to become a Cadet Airman. Keep track of your progress through the Cadet Program using the Personal Cadet Tracker. And if your New Cadet Kit hasn’t arrived yet, you can download Chapter 1 of the leadership textbook above. The Cadet Programs Super Chart on this page shows HOW TO RANK-UP, AT A GLANCE.
2. What is my CAPID?
Your CAPID is a 6-digit identification number. It’s found on your membership card and in eServices.
3. Where’s my membership card?
You should receive your CAP ID card in the mail within 30 days of joining. If yours hasn’t arrived, please contact us. You are REQUIRED to carry your CAP ID at all CAP sponsored meetings and events.
5. Where do I go if I have more questions?
Talk with local leaders in your squadron, especially your Cadet Element Leader or Cadet Flight Sergeant. Their job is to help you succeed in CAP. Moms and dads should visit our Parents’ Page.
Other Useful Links
Respect on Display (CAPP 151)
How and Why CAP Practices
Air Force-Style Customs and Courtesies