Main Content

Earn Your First Stripe

How to Become Eligible for Promotion

1.   General Advancement Pre-Requisites  (Ref: CAPR 60-1, 5.2.3)
Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
Be able to recite the Cadet Oath from memory.
Participate actively in unit meetings.

2.   Leadership:  
Take Cadet Interactive Learn to Lead chapter 1 module OR pass an online test on Learn To Lead chapter 1, with a grade of 80% or higher, open-book. 

To find the test and Cadet Interactive module go to eServices> Learning Management System > Go to AXIS > Cadet Achievement tab
This test includes multiple-choice questions and a section testing performance in drill and ceremonies.

3.   Aerospace:  
There is no requirement for the Curry Achievement.

4.   Fitness: 
Attempt the cadet physical fitness test.
See where you are relative to the Healthy Fitness Zone.
Set personal goals and begin working towards them.

5.   Character:   
Participate in the Cadet Wingman Course offered at the squadron.  

6.  Special Requirement: 
Cadet Welcome Course.  In AXIS or at the squadron.

7.   Honor Credit: 
Available.  Complete Learn to Lead Chapter 1 test AND Interactive module.

Leadership Expectations

Fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements above is only half the battle. You also need to show that you have some leadership skills. Look at the goals below and once in a while ask yourself how well you're doing in those areas.

Displays a positive attitude; optimistic; enthusiastic; team-orientated

Core Values
Aware of the Core Values; honest; wears uniform properly; practices customs and courtesies

Communication Skills
Listens actively; attentive; asks good questions

Sense of Responsibility
Follows directions; dependable; arrives ready to learn and serve; effective in managing own time

Interpersonal Skills
Not applicable

Critical Thinking
Not applicable

Delegation Skills
Not applicable

Typical Duties

Element member 

About Major General John F. Curry

Maj Gen John F. Curry served as Civil Air Patrol's first National Commander. His tenure coincided with the early days of WWII, a time when ordinary citizens were searching for ways to help the war effort. So great was the desire to serve that Curry quickly built a force of 100,000 "flying minutemen" from across the nation. As a flier himself, he believed in airpower, so Curry knew that to win the war, America had better make use of the airplane's capabilities. Because of Curry's leadership, CAP aircrews were tasked with missions that were of national importance, but which the military did not have the time or ability to complete. CAP volunteers began flying aerial search missions, watching the US / Mexico border for espionage, towing aerial targets for the Navy, and most famously, searching the Atlantic for (and sinking!) Nazi submarines. Although General Curry served as national commander for only 4 months, he set CAP on a course for success.


Cadet Heritage Document

Letter from Maj Gen Curry

© 2024 Civil Air Patrol. All rights reserved.