MAJOR GENERAL JOHN F. CURRY served as CAP'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.
HOW TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION
1. Pre-Requisite: Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
Be capable of reciting the Cadet Oath from memory
(see R52-16 paragraph 5-2 and 1-3).
2. Leadership: Pass an online test on Learn To Lead chapter 1, with a grade of 80% or higher, open-book. This test includes multiple-choice questions and a section testing performance in drill and ceremonies. You can also download an audio file of this chapter.
3. Aerospace: There is no requirement for the Curry Achievement
4. Character: Participate in the Cadet Wingman Course offered at the squadron. The goal is for new cadets to understand and appreciate that the Core Values and a pro-safety attitude are essential aspects of cadet life.
5. Activities: Participate actively
6. Fitness: Pass the mile run, plus 2 of the 3 other events in the cadet physical fitness test, as shown below:
|Sit & Reach||20||21||21||20||23||24||25||28|
|Sit & Reach||24||24||25||24||28||31||30||31|
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.
|Attitude||Displays a positive attitude; optimistic; enthusiastic; team-orientated|
|Aware of the Core Values; honest; wears uniform properly; practices customs and courtesies|
|Listens actively; attentive; asks good questions|
|Sense of |
|Follows directions; dependable; arrives ready to learn and serve; effective in managing own time|
FOR ADDITIONAL HELP
See the New Cadet Help webpage.