Texas Cadet Training Wing
Standard Operating Instruction
Table of Contents
Chapter One General Information ...................... 3 Chapter Two Safety ........................................... 6 Chapter Three Attendance ................................... 9 Chapter Four Organization ............................... 10 Chapter Five Uniform & Appearance ................ 12 Chapter Six Training ...................................... 15 Chapter Seven Awards ....................................... 17 Chapter Eight Barracks Procedures ................... 18 Chapter Nine Dining Hall .................................. 26 Chapter Ten Customs & Courtesies................. 29 Chapter Eleven Restrictions ................................. 34 Chapter Twelve Propwash……………………………36
Texas Wing Encampment Cadet Basic
Standard Operating Instruction Developed with the assistance and source information of Minnesota Wing Cadet Programs, California Wing Cadet Programs, Texas Wing Cadet Programs Directorate, and New York Wing Cadet Programs.
1.1 Expectations. The purpose of this booklet is to
provide you with clear and concise information on the training you will undergo at Encampment and on the expectations and standards that will be applied to you during the course. It is important that you review this booklet throughout your time at Encampment.
1.2 Introduction. By nature, the CAP encampment
provides a rigorous training exercise. The training challenges the cadet physically and mentally. Completing encampment will prove to be the single most important challenge that the cadet must complete before attaining the coveted General Billy Mitchell Award. This award entitles the cadet to officer status in CAP. Credit for successful completion of a CAP encampment must be earned. No credit will be automatically given simply because of attendance.
1.3 Transportation. Transportation to and from the
encampment site is ultimately your responsibility.
1.4 Reporting. Cadets will report on time and ready per their transportation orders. The travel uniform shall be Blues to Camp Swift for in-processing and Blues from Camp Swift for out-processing. All cadets must report to
encampment at 1300 hours, 26 December 2010 at Camp Swift. Only the Encampment Commander may grant
exceptions to this rule. Cadets will know proper reporting procedures (discussed in Chapter 1 of Leadership: 2000 and Beyond, Volume 1 or Chapter 1 of Learn to Lead, Volume 1) before arrival at encampment. These
procedures will be used when you report in for encampment.
1.5 In- and Out-Processing. Every cadet must go through
in-processing in order to participate in encampment and be eligible for encampment credit. Encampment credit may not be granted if basic cadets do not properly in-process and out-process. Not signing out before leaving the encampment are grounds for a cadet not receiving encampment credit.
1.6 Dismissal or Withdrawal. A cadet’s behavior will
bring credit upon him/herself and CAP. Misconduct may subject a cadet to dismissal from the encampment without credit, IAW CAPR 52-16. Dismissal will be based on a thorough and impartial investigation by the IG or designated representative. Withdrawal without prejudice is permitted for reasons of sickness or hardship. Satisfactory completion of 80% of the mandatory training constitutes credit for encampment participation for cadets who withdraw under these circumstances.
1.7 Attachments. The following attachments will be completed prior to arrival at encampment: TXWG31A, Medical Disclosure, Hold Harmless Agreement, and Cadet Encampment Contract.
2.1 It is the responsibility of every person at encampment to promote and observe all safety precautions. Safety violations may be reported through chain of command or directly to your Tactical Officer.
2.2 Barracks – the following is a partial list of general safety rules for the barracks.
1. Running is not permitted.
2. Electrical appliances will be unplugged when not
3. All personnel will be aware of the fire procedures
(evacuation, reporting, etc).
4. While sleeping, cadets will have their gym shoes
(unlaced) placed next to their bed.
2.3 Wingmen Every Cadet must have a wingman. The wingman concept is that no Cadet will be alone at any time during the encampment. This is crucial for both safety, and accountability at the encampment.
2.4 Road Guards
1. Road guards will be appointed prior to marching anywhere that a road will be crossed. Only one road guard is necessary for each direction of traffic. Orange reflective vests will be worn by all road guards. Flashlights will be carried after dark by those members as well.
2. An intersection must be clear before a flight sergeant calls a road guard out. The flight sergeant will halt the flight, enter the cleared intersection and stand facing the flight at attention with both arms extended outward (palms out, hands up). They will then call, “Road Guards Out.” Road guards will position themselves in the nearest traffic lane standing at parade rest with the right hand straight out (palm out, hand up) (or with flashlight pointing down) between oncoming traffic and the flight. Road guards will be in position before the flight enters the intersection. The flight sergeant will then march the flight forward until it has cleared the intersection. Once the flight has entered the intersection, all remaining road guards that have not been posted will replace the road guards in the intersection in the same order they were deployed. They will do this by tapping them on the right shoulder and then stepping in to their place. The replaced road guard will return to their position in the flight. After the flight has cleared the intersection, they will then halt the flight and call, ”Road Guards In.” Road guards will retake their position in the
flight with the road guard farthest from the flight returning first, followed by the other road guards, in order, in relation to distance, once the previous road guard has passed them. The flight sergeant will return to their position in the flight and proceed to their final destination.
3. When recalled, the road guard will come to attention and execute a hand salute to any stopped and occupied
vehicles before returning to the flight. The road guard does not salute if there are no vehicles stopped.
4. Road guards will move to and from their posts at double time.
5. The flight will echo all commands that dispatch or recall road guards.
6. Road guards will position themselves four abreast in the rear of the flight when forming the flight in column formation. Or, in their own rank of four at the end (left) of the element when forming the flight in line. They will stay in this position until they leave the formation area, then they will post themselves, two road guards, four paces in front and to the rear of the flight.
3.1 Absence from duty. Only the Encampment
Commander, Commandant of Cadets, Medical Officer, or the cadet’s Tactical Officer may excuse cadets from duty or formations. Any cadet excused from duty or formations will receive a written notice confirming his/her status. He/she will notify his/her Flight Commander and report to his/her Tactical Officer. At all formations, the Flight Commander will report all absences as directed. When a cadet misses part of a training session, he/she will attend as much of the remaining portion as possible. A cadet on limited duty status will participate to the amount possible in training and activities.
3.2 Encampment Credit. Credit for completing a CAP
encampment is not automatic. National Headquarters will only grant credit upon a receipt of a report from the Encampment Commander recommending that credit be granted. Each cadet must satisfactorily complete at least 80% of the required training and instruction, as determined by the Commandant, to receive encampment credit.
4.1 Structure. The Texas Cadet Training Wing (TCTW) is the organization to which your training, and the training of your fellow Cadets, is entrusted. Hundreds of Cadets have graduated from the courses provided by the TCTW. The TCTW is staffed by many talented, professional Cadets. These Cadets are known as the Cadre, and all are highly-trained and highly competent.
4.2 Cadet Staff. The Encampment Commander and/or
the Director of Cadet Programs will select the Cadet Commander. The Cadet Commander will select the cadet staff. All cadet staff members will have attended at least one previous encampment. All staff is subject to the approval of the Encampment Commander.
4.3 Tactical Officer. The Tactical Officer is a CAP Senior Member assigned to teach, advise, and counsel members of the flight. The health and well being of the cadets within the flight is the responsibility of the Tactical Officer. Each cadet may look to him or her for guidance with any problems. You may ask to speak with your Tactical Officer at any time.
4.4 Chain of Command. A cadet desiring to report to a
higher level of command will do so through all intermediate