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Information for new members of NY413 Squadron

Core Values
Ethics Policy
Safety Policy
Mentor

Core Values

As the USAF Auxiliary, our core values are derived from and closely related to
those of our parent service. They are:

a. Integrity
b. Volunteer Service
c. Excellence
d. Respect

It is expected that members of CAP will embody these four values in all they do.  These values were established to provide a set of expected behaviors, and also a standard by which to measure member conduct.  A passage from the CAP Officer Basic course tells why we recognize these four values:

“The core values outlined above serve as the foundation for how CAP members treat one another; how they treat the recipients of CAP's humanitarian service; and how they care for the corporate assets under their control. These basic commandments form CAP's ethical centerline - a moral compass for the organization. If one member fails to uphold these values, then, the entire organization suffers.”

Return to this page during your level one training, and read the CAP Core Values pamphlet.  That way you’ll know what’s expected of you, and what you may expect from others in CAP.

Ethics Policy

A high standard of professional and personal conduct is expected of all CAP members.  These standards are set forth in CAP Regulation 35-10 - Ethics Policy, which you should read as part of your level one training.  The regulation states that ethical behavior, based on the core values, is expected of everyone, and that the American people expect our members to uphold a high standard of behavior.  Ethical behavior is also important regarding how we manage CAP assets, such as our aircraft and finances.  We should avoid conflicts of interest and not use CAP assets for personal benefit.  We should respect and be fair with others in CAP, and also those outside the organization with whom we interact.  We should also treat as confidential the CAP information that requires protection.  As a CAP member you may work with sensitive information that cannot be disclosed to those outside the organization.

Safety Policy

CAP Safety Policy is intended to protect personnel and material assets from harm.  All CAP activities, whether a squadron meeting, SAR exercise, or national conference, always contain a safety briefing.  Many activities begin with the safety brief to ensure member safety during the entire event.  Our safety policy is designed to acknowledge that risk in inherent in many activities, and to minimize that risk to the maximum extent possible.  Aircrews use a risk matrix to objectively assess the risk of flight when taking into account personnel, equipment, and weather.  As was discussed at our meeting, CAP safety policy states that any member, regardless of rank or seniority, may say “knock it off” to halt an activity they feel is unsafe.  Members must be comfortable with this policy to ensure we watch out for each other.  CAP safety policy also states that members must remain current with monthly safety briefings.  If you do not obtain a briefing at an in-person activity, such as a meeting or exercise, you must obtain one from another source such as the safety courses available online through CAP eServices.

Hopefully this has given you a proper introduction to CAP Core Values, Ethics, and Safety Policies.  You will learn more about all of these during your level one training which will begin soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of this material.

Mentor

All new members are assigned a mentor as part of the application process.  If you do not know the name of your mentor, contact the squadron commander. If at any time in your CAP membership you have an unanswered question, check the CAP Knowledgebase. If you can't find an answer there, contact either your assigned mentor or the squadron commander.

 

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