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Squadron Commander

Squadron Commanders are responsible to the corporation and to the wing commander (or group commander if applicable) for ensuring that the corporation objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within their squadron. They shall:  

Establish plans, policies, and procedures necessary to the fulfillment of the CAP mission, which are not in conflict with the directives of higher headquarters.

Keep informed of the accomplishments, problems, and degree of compliance with regulations and other directives through personal observations, inspections, reports, and staff meetings. Comply with all policies, regulations, and directives of higher headquarters and require the same compliance by all members of the squadron. Ensure safety of personnel and equipment through compliance with directives and policy guidance; ensure an effective safety awareness, education, and inspection program within the unit. Select personnel to fill authorized staff positions and remove from staff position those members deemed unqualified or otherwise unsuitable to continue in their positions. Establish policies and procedures to ensure an effective squadron recruiting and retention program.

Coordinate the activities of staff officers to prevent overlapping of functions and to resolve conflicts. Eliminate members whose continued membership is determined undesirable in accordance with the provisions of CAPR 35-3.

Identify members for non-renewal where continued membership is adverse to the best interests of CAP in accordance with provisions of CAPM 39-2.

Determine meeting dates and attendance requirements for squadron meetings in accordance with policies established by higher headquarters. Ensure that new personnel are properly introduced to CAP and make frequent checks on their progress.  Ensure that squadron property and funds are properly safeguarded and accounted for. Initiate requests for promotion of squadron members. Ensure proper wear of the uniform and that violations are promptly corrected. Ensure that complaints and grievances are resolved fairly, impartially, and promptly.

Initiate recommendations for awards and decorations for squadron members.

Initiate organization actions affecting their squadron (charter redesignations, address changes, etc.). Refer to the next higher headquarters problems that cannot be resolved at squadron level. Promote an understanding and appreciation of CAP in the local community. Promote aerospace education.

Squadron Commanders should be familiar with the Civil Air Patrol Constitution and Bylaws, CAP governing directives, and all policy matters affecting their command.  

NOTE: The duties above also apply to the deputy squadron commander. Squadron commanders should develop a detailed position description for their deputy, outlining his/her specific duties and responsibilities in support of the overall squadron mission.

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