The Cadet Programs Officer Specialty Track Guide is a roadmap for technical training for senior members who volunteer in Cadet Programs. It’s a self-paced, self-led and/or mentor-assisted training system. If you support cadets and want to learn how to become even more successful in your efforts, the specialty track is for you.
“Cadet Programs Officer” is not a duty title but an umbrella term describing senior members who focus their efforts on supporting cadets. People assigned to any of the positions listed below often consider themselves “Cadet Programs Officers,” and we encourage them to enroll in the specialty track. Note that the specialty track now serves DDR officers, in recognition of their valued membership in the Cadet Programs community.
· Deputy Commander (cadet squadron)
· Deputy Commander for Cadets (composite squadron)
· Leadership Officer
· Aerospace Education Officer
· Character Development Instructor
· Drug Demand Reduction Officer
· Activities Officer
· Testing Officer
Credit for passing the test is awarded by unit commanders only if students follow the procedures described above. Tests may not be "banked" -- a member may not test ahead of their next specialty track rating and apply those passing test scores to the specialty track's requirements later on. For example, technician-rated senior members may receive credit only for the senior rating test; later, after earning the senior rating, they may attempt the master rating test for credit. This requirement is necessary because specialty tracks are designed to train senior members in up-to-date CAP polices and practices, which are constantly evolving.
All three on-line tests for this specialty track -- Technician, Senior, and Master -- are 25-question, open-book, and multiple-choice. There is no time limit. Questions are based on the rating's knowledge requirements, as listed in CAPP 216 (at right). The passing score for each test is 80%. Tests are available only on-line. Members who lack Internet access and want to take the test(s) should visit a local library with public Internet access, or borrow a friend's computer. Otherwise, contact us for help!
Recording a Passing Score
Upon passing, the test software will generate a certificate of completion. Students should print the certificate and give a copy to their trainer or unit commander. See "Recording Ratings and Earning Awards" in CAPP 216 (at right) for details.
Students who fail the test may re-take it on another date.
Cadet Program Officer Badge
The Cadet Programs specialty badge recognizes senior member volunteer service in the Cadet Program. The badge may be worn by senior members who have attained a technician rating in the Cadet Programs specialty track. Its design is modeled on the cadet officer service cap device. There are three variations of the Cadet Programs specialty badge:
Request the badge using CAPF 2a. (Procedures may vary depending on the wing.)
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