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Civil Air Patrol Acronyms

Civil Air Patrol Acronyms

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A1C's - Airman First Class

AB - Airman Basic

ABU's - Airman Battle Uniform

  • The U.S. camouflage combat uniform is worn by members of the Civil Air Patrol. (Digital Tiger Stripe)

Amn - Airman

AE - Aerospace Education

AEO - Aerospace Education Officer

  • The U.S. ca

AFB - Air Force Base


BDU's - Battle Dress Uniform

  • Old style U.S. camouflage combat uniform was worn by members of the Civil Air Patrol. This uniform can no longer be worn. Phased out June 2021.

Brig Gen - 

  • Senior -   


CAC - Cadet Advisory Council

  • A panel of Cadets from each echelon of command that recommends solutions and identifies opportunities to improve the Cadet Program.
  • Link to additional information

Capt - Captain

  • Cadet / C/Capt - 
  • Senior / Capt -                 

CC - Commander

CD - Deputy Commander

CDC - Deputy Commander for Cadets

CMSgt - Chief Master Sergeant

Col - Colonel

  • Cadet / C/Col -
  • Senior / Col -           

COWG - Colorado Wing

  • Abbreviation for Colorado Wing

Curry Award or Curry Voucher

  • First achievement or promotion in the cadet program. 
  • The Curry Blues Voucher provides cadets with a $100 credit to assist them in purchasing the "blues" uniform, upon their earning Achievement 1, The Curry Achievement. Must be used within 45 days of receiving the voucher.
  • Link to additional information



  • Encampment is a basic introduction to the military way of life and is an opportunity to experience leadership from both a follower’s and leader's point of view. Encampment is a unique training opportunity because of the week-long "total immersion" concept that introduces cadets to a military environment at an active military installation. Although encampment is not a military boot camp, it is intense training! It is an excellent way for cadets to meet new cadets from throughout the Wing and aids in establishing an “esprit de corps” among the “next generation” of cadet leaders. 
  • Link to additional information

ES - Emergency Services


GES - General Emergency Services (GES 116)

  • This is essentially CAP's license to learn, and also provides core training needed by all members in emergency services.
  • The GES Test is a prerequisite for all common CAP Emergency Services ratings. The online test must be completed and validated by the unit commander before any member can participate in Emergency Services training, missions, or exercises.


HCS - Highlander Composite Squadron

HRLETF - Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility (Our meeting location)


ICUT - Introductory Communications User Training

  • The initial training for all CAP personnel using CAP radios.
  • All members must be ICUT qualified to operate CAP radios without immediate supervision.


Lt Col - Lieutenant Colonel

  • Cadet / C/Lt Col - 
  • Senior / Lt Col -           


Maj - Major

  • Cadet / C/Maj -   
  • Senior / Maj -         

Maj Gen - Major General

  • Senior -   

MSgt - Master Sergeant


NCSA's - National Cadet Special Activities

  • NCSA's are Cadet Programs conducted by Civil Air Patrol and includes national activities as well as wing and region activities that are approved to receive the CSA ribbon. NCSAs are designed to give cadets direct hands on experience with various aspects of the Civil Air Patrol program and to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, leadership development, engineering and technology, and enhance emergency services skills.
  • Link to additional information

NESA's - National Emergency Services Academy

  • Training CAP Emergency Services operators from around the nation every summer at Camp Atterbury, west of Edinburgh, Indiana. Cadets and Senior members can train in different specialties in Ground Search and Rescue School, Mission Aircrew School, and Incident Command System School.
  • Link to additional information


NCOA - Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

  • Prepares cadets for their service as Cadet NCOs. With a heavy focus on drill, ceremony, uniforms, and public speaking, this school prepares you to be of service to your unit.


PT - Physical Training


SAR - Search and Rescue

SAREx - Search and Rescue Excercise

SrA's - Senior Airman

SQTR's - Specialty Qualification Training Record

  • Forms that track what tasks need to be completed for each Operations training position for an individual. You can use these forms on the field training exercises to document on paper the items that you qualified in. This is needed because the SET (Skills Examiner Trainer) has to sign off at the time of the training. You can then bring the paper back and enter the information into E-Services at your convenience.
  • There are currently 41 SQTR's available in CAP Operations.
  • Link to additional information

SSgt - Staff Sergeant

SMSgt - Senior Master Sergeant


TSgt's - Technical Sergeant


UDF - Urban Direction Finding

  • Locating ELT's (Emergency Locator Transmitter) either set off due to a down aircraft or more commonly accidentally due to human error. 
  • Part of Emergency Services training.
  • Link to additional information

UOD - Uniform of the Day

  • This is the uniform to be worn during a meeting, event, or activity.

USAFA - United States Air Force Academy


1st Lt - First Lieutenant

  • Cadet / C/1st Lt - 
  • Senior / 1st Lt -              


2d Lt - Second Lieutenant

  • Cadet / C/2d Lt  - 
  • Senior / 2d Lt -            
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