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Info for New HCS Cadets

New Cadet Tasks and Resources


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.

★  Attend one outside activity/event per month, if available. Also, participate in our quarterly squadron workday.

★  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.



Tasks for New Cadets

   Create an account in eServices

NOTE: This is an account for the cadet to access, not the parents.
The cadet needs to know the username and password. eServices
is required for cadets to take tests, apply for some activities, check qualifications, as well other tools.  

  • Have a valid email address.
  • Find your CAPID number on your CAPID Card. If you haven't
    received your card yet, call 1-877-227-9142 and
    press "1" for help.
  • Know the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Visit capnhq.gov, click "Click here to register" under FIRST TIME
    USERS? and follow the on-screen prompts to create and activate your account. 
  • After activating your account, please verify your contact
    information in eServices by clicking "Review/Edit My Info".

New Cadet Guide for new cadets! Check out info on CAP, the uniform, how to promote, and More!



  Sign up for Remind

  • What is Remind?
    • It's how we send out weekly meeting reminders, squadron
      notifications, or notifications about important emails. 
  • Do I need a smart phone or a data plan?
    • No, you can receive notifications either via text,email
      messages, or push notifications. 
  •  How do I sign up?
    • Get Text Notifications: 
      • Text the message @cap-hcs to the number 81010.
        • If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting
          @cap-hcs to (719) 359-5280.
    • Get Push Notifications (Smart Phone):
      • On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web
        browser and go to rmd.at/cap-hcs
      • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be
        prompted to download the mobile app.
    • Register via computer (Email or Text):
      • Go to https://www.remind.com/join/cap-hcs
        • Enter your email address to receive email notifications
        • Enter your phone number to receive text notifications
          • This can be changed later.
  Obtain ABU and Blues Uniforms
  • Wear Black shirt and Blue Jeans until you achieve your Curry
    award, 1st Achievement.
  • Your next uniform will be ABU's (Airman Battle Uniform)
  • Uniform items may be purchased through a variety of sources. 
  • Check with squadron 1st to see if there are any available
  • Vanguardhttps://www.vanguardmil.com/
  • Army Surplus or other Military surplus store
    • Buckley or other base Exchange or Base Thrift Store
      • Need Military ID to access base or be on base for
        other official CAP reason.
  • Curry Uniform Voucher
    • After a cadet passes Achievement 1 they will receive
      a voucher for their ABU's and Blues. The amount of  the
      voucher is determined by financial need and varies in
      amount, $75, $125, or $175. This does not cover everything,
      but a portion of the costs.
 Look Around  


 Read and complete the interactive module
            on Chapter 1 in Learn to Lead and
            the Cadet Welcome Course.



Cadet Oath

The Cadet Oath "I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings
regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education
and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."


The CAP Core Values 


★ Integrity First - The willingness to do what is right, even when no one is looking

★ Volunteer Service - "Selflessness" It's the difference between "giving" and "taking."

★ Excellence in All We Do - No matter what challenge is facing you, you will give it your best effort.

★ Respect - Treat others as they would like to be treated


Cadets' Responsibilities

The Cadet Program is designed to instill in cadets a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline. Cadets - not their parents - are responsible for preparing their uniforms, planning ahead to juggle school and other obligations, and signing up for special events.


Expectations of Cadets

  Positive Behavior Negative Behavior
1 Treat everyone with common courtesy and respect. Don’t use profanity, racial slurs, or disrespectful language.
2 Be honest and take responsibility for your actions. Don’t get into fights. Don’t bully, threaten, or haze anyone.
3 Obey your officers and follow local rules at cadet events
(e.g., off-limits areas, wingman rules, phone use, lights out, etc.).
Don’t take property that is not yours. Don’t break or
mishandle equipment lent to you.
4 Obey your officers and follow local rules at cadet events
(e.g., off-limits areas, wingman rules, phone use, lights out, etc.).
Don’t touch someone inappropriately. Don’t kiss, hug, or
hold hands at CAP activities.
5 Use the chain of command if you have questions, concerns, or
ideas to share (with exceptions for #6 below).
Don’t bring tobacco, vapes, alcohol, marijuana (or derivatives)
or illegal drugs to CAP activities.
6 Go to any adult leader (Senior) you trust, regardless of the normal
chain of command if you need to report bullying, abuse, or violence,
or to discuss sensitive topics.
Don’t share, request, post or send inappropriate text messages,
images, or sensitive topics.
7 Use the Air Force command, “KNOCK IT OFF” at any time, regardless
of rank, to have  everyone stop what they are doing if you think
someone could soon get hurt.
Don’t bring firearms, air guns, paint guns, or any weapons to CAP
(small knives may be allowed in the field).



Additional Links and Resources

HCS Great Start Resources and Testing information

  • The HCS Great Start Resources and Testing information document contains additional information on:

    • Creating an account in eServices

    • How do I know what I need to promote

    • How to take or request to take Leadership, Aerospace, Drill tests, your oath, PRB's, SDA's

    • Participating in outside activities

    • Squadron Workday

    • Additional Webpages and resources


Encampment Cadet

An introduction and more to 


Online Leadership Course

Contains links to the online Leadership
books Volumes 1-4 and audio for Volume 1
and the beginning chapters of Volume 2.

Aerospace Dimensions

Online Aerospace Education textbooks
Login to eServices required.

AE Dimensions - Module 1: Introduction to Flight
AE Dimensions -  Module 2: Aircraft Systems and Airports
AE Dimensions - Module 3: Air Environment
AE Dimensions - Module 4: Rockets
AE Dimensions - Module 5: Space Environment
AE Dimensions - Module 6: Spacecraft
AE Dimensions - Module 7: Cyber Security



Parents Guide

To the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

Unofficial Facebook group for Parents
of Cadets


PT / Fitness Waiver 

Link to PT / Fitness Waiver must be
completed for temporary or indefinite
restrictions from participating in
PT Testing.

 Insignia Flash Cards


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I earn my first promotion?
A: Visit Stripes to Diamonds. It'll 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.

Q: Where's my membership card?
A: You should receive your CAP ID card in the mail within 30 days of joining. If yours hasn't arrived, please contact us.

Q: What is my CAPID?
A: Your CAPID is a 6-digit identification number. It's found on your membership card and in eServices.

Q:  How do I get my textbooks?
A: About 10 days after joining, you should receive a New Cadet Kit in the mail. If you haven't received yours after 2 weeks, please contact us.

Q: Where do I go if I have more questions?
A: 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.

Q: Are the tests open book?
A: With the exception of the milestone tests (Wright Brothers, Mitchell, etc), the tests are open book and can also be found online.

  • Here is a TESTING HELP link to help you with using the online version of the text books.


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