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
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
Initiate recommendations for awards and decorations for squadron
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
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