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Cadet Blog: Character Development - Introduction to Core Values and to Safety

posted Jan 30, 2011, 5:43 PM by Lt Col CAP NJWG/GRA KING, ZACHARY Z

Character Development

Civil Air Patrol encourages youth to live the timeless Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect. CAP develops character in its cadets through formal values education and informal mentoring as ethical dilemmas arise in cadets' lives.

During each Achievement, cadets participate in a character development forum using the materials found below, under the heading “Character Resources."

New for 2011 (Effective Feb. 1)
Achievement 1 Character Requirements
During Achievement 1, the character development requirement differs slightly from the other achievements. These new cadets must complete the following two tasks:

  1. Complete an Introduction to the Core Values  (This is the same “foundations module” that has been in use since 2006.)
  2. Complete the Introduction to Safety course and pass a formal quiz with a grade of 80% or higher (The quiz can be taken online in e-Services from the Online Safety Education module; or senior members can print quizzes from e-Services and then have cadets take the quizzes using paper or pencil.  The hard-copy quizzes in e-Services can be accessed from the Cadet Online Testing Admin module.

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.


Implementation Guidelines for Achievement 1

Cadets complete Achievement 1’s two character tasks with a group of other new cadets in a classroom setting, or with a mentor / tutor in a one-on-one setting. Both lessons are discussion-based and can be completed in about 40 minutes. After completing the Introduction to Safety lesson, cadets take a short quiz. Cadets need to score 80% or higher on the quiz; if their score is less than 80%, they can correct the quiz to 100% with a mentor’s help.


Recordkeeping for Achievement 1

 When a cadet satisfies Achievement 1’s character requirements, a member of the senior staff updates the cadet’s record in eServices using the Cadet Promotions Application.


Local leaders who would like to share feedback about the new Introduction to Safety portion of the character development program are welcome to email the CAP Safety Team.


Existing Cadets

All cadets who have already completed Achievement 1 must pass the safety test by March 31, 2011.