Civil Air Patrol communications has many facets. The mission of CAP communications is to meet the validated communications requirements of internal and external customers. This is accomplished by strong planning to organize and maintain a reliable, integrated, point-to-point, air-to-ground, and ground mobile radio capability in support of the missions of CAP. Internally, we provide the means for commanders at all levels to control their subordinate units and provide subordinate units with the means to communicate with their superiors.
Communications supports almost all other programs inside CAP, especially all three CAP missions:
There are three levels of Professional Development qualification for Communications, as with most other senior specialty tracks - Technician, Senior and Master - each with progressively advanced and difficult requirements for completion.
Communications is one of only four senior specialty tracks in which cadets can earn the badges by completing all requirements except those specifically for senior members.
In addition to the Professional Development tracks, there are two Emergency Services operations qualification levels for communications: Mission Radio Operator (MRO) and Communications Unit Leader (CUL).
DEWg Needs Communicators!
We need more CAP members who are interested in communications. Specifically, we need more members with CUL training, and we especially need members who have the ability to operate an HF radio (including the space to put up an antenna). If you can assist, or are interested in getting more information, please contact your squadron Communications Officer, or the wing Director of Communications.
Many Emergency Services operations qualifications require Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT). ICUT is required to operate a CAP radio unsupervised. ICUT training is available on-line, and it is the suggested way to obtain the training. If a group needs ICUT training, it can be done as an in-person class as well.
To access the ICUT training:
There are three lessons, each with various quantities of videos and review quizzes. OP1 also requires a completion test. The other two will require you to be evaluated by a qualified and certified evaluator.
Evaluations take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes, depending on the student. Evaluations are done individually, but students are allowed to observe others being evaluated.
Communications training and evaluations must be accomplished by certified members of the Communications Directorate. Wing rules on who may perform evaluations supersede those listed in the regulations.
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