You are extremely accurate with a lot of your information, however, cadets ARE allowed to participate in Search and Rescue missions.
What I stated is there are limitations and restrictions on cadet utilization that differ potential cadet utilization from potential utilization senior member volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol. Air Force and Civil Air Patrol policies are very clear about this.
The article Ground Teams
published in one of the various Civil Air Patrol magazines also clearly discloses “CAP’s ground teams consist of more cadets than Adults and that “Ground team leader status is reserved for members 18 and up, making that duty an ideal bridge between cadet and senior member status.”
Regardless of if you are a senior member or cadet you are allowed to operate in the span of training of the certification you hold.
The CAP ground team member and ground team leaders certifications are general and lacking in specialized and advanced skill knowledge requirements and task performance proficiencies. Any specialized or advanced useful certifications are all obtained from other (separate and independent from the Civil Air Patrol) agencies and organizations. Certifying (meets a minimum competent and proficiency standard) implies certification needs to be renewed at some point in time and that decertification sustains the integrity of the certification purpose and decertification can happen at any time it is discovered the certified individual is no longer or unable to perform to the standards the certification represents.
The Civil Air Patrol as an organization has a significant history of being very lacking in holding its membership to sustaining adequate skill knowledge competency and skill performance proficiencies (decertification) and this has resulted in CAP members misrepresenting their qualification and task performance suitability for mission assignments to the overall Incident Commander during joint or multiple agency response operations. Furthermore, pertinent to cadets’ participation CAP policy is “Cadets under 18 shall not be exposed to conditions in which their health is jeopardized by exposure to decomposing bodies and hazardous materials. Nor, absent parental permission, may they be exposed to widespread suffering.
The FAA owns pilot licensing and to a lesser degree using airspace to conduct airdrop and parachuting activities. How best to utilize the Civil Air Patrol (Air Force Auxiliary) for its participation in any particular SAR incident is controlled by the Air Force. Any other humanitarian and disaster relief participation, if not controlled by the Air Force, is controlled by other Federal, State, and local agencies. Again I clearly stated there are there are limitations and restrictions on cadet utilization that are more stringently restrictive and limiting than imposed on the Senior Member CAP organization.
AFI 10-2701 ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTION OF THE CIVIL AIR PATROL clearly states "CAP personnel are divided into two categories: volunteer cadet members (aged 12 –17) and volunteer senior members (aged 18 and older). CAP senior members are the primary personnel to respond to emergencies or disasters."
The reality is many cadets do not transfer to being a Senior member between age 18-21 as they do not want to lose their cadet officer rank and social status of their cadet officer rank status and privileges within the CAP fraternal social club. The significance of remaining within the cadet program is FECA and other Federal regulations and statues still affect what activities the 18-21 year old cadet can participate in pertinent to SAR missions and other humanitarian and disaster relief activities as a volunteer. The CAP organization tends to ignore this problem as it uses the 18-21 year old cadets to do cadet mentoring and training as many of its senior members have an aversion in being involved in doing cadet mentoring and training. The CAP charter states adult (Senior member) supervision of cadet activities, but it’s now mostly cadets between ages of 18 and 21 running amok making things up in ignorance and out of ignorance as they see fit.
The CAP cadet encampments of PJOC, APJOC and CCOC nature have since 1947 been tied to funding and other constraints limiting such encampments being a certifying activity.
3.11. Additional CAP Cadet Program Support. Pursuant to 10 USC § 9444(b)(11), the Air Force may provide certain support to the CAP cadet program. Any support to the CAP cadet program must be approved in accordance with paragraph 184.108.40.206. of this Instruction.
3.11.1. Training. Air Force Installations and units are authorized to provide limited support to CAP cadet training activities and are encouraged to provide such support whenever possible. Support may include providing personnel as instructors for leadership training, providing tours of Installations and units, briefings on Installation and unit mission and capabilities, and instruction in Air Force roles and missions.
3.11.2. Cadet Encampments. CAP cadet encampments can be the most significant, worthwhile training experience in a CAP cadet’s career. A major goal of cadet encampments is to provide the cadets with a greater understanding of the Air Force missions and capabilities. Cadet encampments try to incorporate visits to the activities of the host Installation, such as security forces, base fire station, or other unique units or facilities, as part of the training curriculum. Exposure to the Air Force during cadet encampments can greatly influence CAP cadets to later pursue careers in the Air Force.
Civil Air Patrol P50-10 New Horizons-Guide for Cadet to Senior Member Transition:
Professional Development Program Structure.
The Senior Member Professional Development Program offers senior members more flexibility in setting their goals and how to achieve their goals. Like the Cadet Program there is a definite structure for progression, but unlike the Cadet Program, where the achievement structure is focused towards passing achievements, the Professional Development Program is focused towards building skills that make the unit work. Consequently, it will be your responsibility to seek out training opportunities and to grow as an officer as you progress in rank and responsibility.
Most if not all of CAP’s mission related duty status revolves around attaining or exceeding age 21 or being a Senior member. CAP’s ground team level 1, 2, and 3 certification training is extremely minimal and minimal effort existed at the organization's national leadership level to standardize what is the required ground team member and ground team leader training and qualifications prior to 2007.
Thus any belief CAP cadet encampments are any version of Basic Military Training or exist specifically to provide task knowledge and task performance proficiency certifications or intent to be a PJ/CCT screening and selection grooming process is flawed.
CAP IC is often not the overall IC when activities are of a joint agency operation. The context of this is CAP ground team capabilities and limitations must be carefully reviewed to verify their suitability for mission assignments. The lack of common minimal core task skill proficiencies, minimal functional fitness, and minimal level of knowledge results in very little dependability and reliability in verifying suitability for complex or physically demanding mission assignments away from base camp or main operating location.
The Civil Air Patrol’s awareness of this problem is addressed in various risk management and resource protection policies.
For example CAPR 60-3 CAP EMERGENCY SERVICES TRAINING AND OPERATIONAL MISSIONS proscribes:
“1-30. Prohibited Equipment. CAP is often offered equipment that is not appropriate to our mission or is not reasonable for our personnel to use because of the training time required for personnel to remain proficient.”
1-31. Technical or Specialized Operations. CAP often recruits personnel with specialized training or expertise that can be useful on emergency services missions. Though the training required to specialize in these areas is often too cost prohibitive or risky for most personnel to undertake, CAP can still utilize these resources.
a. Members wishing to utilize the training they have earned must have prior permission to do so from NHQ CAP/DO, with written endorsement by the wing and/or region commander. The request must state the limitations proposed for use and how they propose to mitigate risk. If approved by the Air Force for use on an Air Force mission, these members will receive FTCA and FECA coverage just like any other member. Any additional liability coverage required to exercise these privileges is at the expense of the member. CAP personnel choosing to train to be useful in technical areas do so at their own risk. Background training and documentation will be kept at the wing or higher unit for each person given permission for these specialized operations.
b. Any special equipment or resources required for these personnel to exercise their privileges are furnished at the member’s own expense and risk.
c. The following technical or specialized operations are considered acceptable but still require prior written approval:
(1) Technical (Rope) Rescue or Mountain Rescue
(2) Canine Search and Rescue
(3) Mounted Search and Rescue
(4) Urban Search and Rescue
To some degree even the combat controllers’ Air Traffic Controller capabilities are connected to the FAA and pararescue’s medical capabilities have slowly and surely been tied by Public Law 93-154 "EMS Systems Act of 1973” obtaining and sustaining appropriate level of EMT certifications. The context is a lot of laws and regulations have been put in place by Federal, State, and local governments since 1949 that keep the CAP cadet utilization in the field limited and restricted. To a lesser degree senior members by being members of a “volunteer civilian organization” are also limited by risk management, resource protection, FECA, and liability laws and regulations. A history of the implementing and evolvi...om 1947 to 2000
provides insight into how and why USAF pararescue personnel began during the 1970s to be required to obtain and sustain appropriate EMT certification from the National Registry of EMTs.
For example: I am a 16 year old cadet that has his GTM 1, MRO,MSA and a training qual from PJOC. If a mission were to go out, say Mission 13-T-4444, I would be allowed to participate in ground team or mission base functionalities within the span of my training. This includes land nag, repelling, air to ground signals, working with k-9 teams, radio communications - whatever it is that my training has covered.
Not if it is a joint operation. As a team leader over the years I have sent both CAP cadet and CAP senior member away from the incident for lacking the necessary qualification and suitability to function in any support capacity.
I apologize if I sound like I'm correcting you with all of this I just mean to benefit your knowledge.
You have demonstrated lacking CAP expertise and experience of sufficient quality to benefit my knowledge. Consequently, your apology is misdirected towards me.
The COCC is dependent on being funded. Until it's funded, there is no POC to be found to help you. All I'm trying to find out for you is if it's being funded in 2014 and if so is there a POC yet.