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Unit Commanders Course (UCC)

Welcome to the Unit Commanders Course!  This course provides expert advice and guidance on leadership, management and ethics in a standardized format for the training of current and potential squadron & group commanders throughout the Civil Air Patrol.  Squadron and group commanders are responsible for providing local leadership, administering programs, and managing the volunteer members in the field as they perform the critical missions of the Civil Air Patrol as well as provide support to the United States Air Force as the official Air Force Auxiliary.

The UCC discusses the traits and skills new unit and group commanders will need to develop to effectively lead and manage their units.  Topics include command responsibility and accountability, recruiting and retention, safety, how to work with families, management, leadership, communication, and elements of successful units and leaders.

The UCC is designed around a core/elective format.  All courses include a standardized core of 8 lessons (10 hours), as well as 6 additional lessons (6 hours) selected from a list of electives.  In this way wings can tailor their courses to meet the unique needs of their commanders.  The course lasts 16 classroom hours in total and is administered at the group or wing level.

A National Commander Welcome video is available in the "UCC Presentation Slides" area below.  The video link is: https://player.vimeo.com/video/168033696

For a list of upcoming Unit Commanders Courses click here.


Unit Commanders Course Documents

UCC Curriculum / Critique

 

Core Curriculum Outline Electives Curriculum Outline Course Critique



UCC Director / Instructor Guide

Course Requirements Director Preface Instructor Materials
Recommended Readings & Bibliography Command Responsibility & Accountability

Behavior-Based Safety NOTE: Lesson being rewritten. Directors select any UCC elective lesson to replace this lesson until this lesson is permanently replaced.

Your Role in the Missions Your Staff: What They Do For You Delegating Authority
Recruiting & Retention Adverse Membership Actions Capstone Discussion
Motivation Meeting Planning Unit Training Programs
Working with Families Generational Differences Problem Solving
Working with Group & Wing Budgeting Integrating Missions
Teamwork Techniques Listening Effectively Successful Units
Successful Leaders The Committed Volunteer Mentoring: Building On Success
Becoming a Better Mentor Hazing  Overseas Units
 Setting Goals & Objectives    

               Note: Bold indicates mandatory lessons


UCC Student Guide

 

Student Guide Introduction Recommended Readings & Bibliography Command Responsibility & Accountability

Behavior-Based Safety NOTE: Lesson being rewritten. Directors select any UCC elective lesson to replace this lesson until this lesson is permanently replaced.

Your Role in the Missions Your Staff: What they Do for You
Delegating Authority Recruiting & Retention Adverse Membership Actions
Capstone Discussion Motivation Meeting Planning
Unit Training Programs Working with Families Generational Differences
Problem Solving Working with Group & Wing Budgeting
Integrating Missions Teamwork Techniques Listening Effectively
Successful Units Successful Leaders The Committed Volunteer
Mentoring: Building on Success Setting Goals & Objectives Hazing
Becoming a Better Mentor Overseas Units Attachment 1: CAP Leadership
Attachment 2: Optional Readings Attachment 3: Checklist for New Commanders  Attachment 4: Questions New Commanders Should Ask

               Note: Bold indicates mandatory lessons


 UCC Presentation Slides

                     National Commander Introduction Video (2016) (PLAY VIDEO AT BEGINNING OF COURSE) 
                     VIDEO   Video Link: https://player.vimeo.com/video/168033696

Command Responsibility & Accountability

Behavior-Based Safety NOTE: Lesson being rewritten. Directors select any UCC elective lesson to replace this lesson until this lesson is permanently replaced.

Your Role in Missions
Your Staff: What they Do for You  Delegating Authority Recruiting and Retention
Adverse Membership Actions Capstone Discussion Motivation
Meeting Planning Unit Training Programs Working with Families
Generational Differences Problem Solving Working with Group & Wing
Budgeting Integrating Missions Teamwork Techniques
Listening Effectively Successful Units Successful Leaders
The Committed Volunteer Mentoring: Building on Success Becoming a Better Mentor
Hazing Overseas Units  Setting Goals and Objectives
   2015 UCC Full Slide Deck in PowerPoint  

               Note: Bold indicates mandatory lessons

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