Arlington Composite Squadron IT Update for December 2012

At our last squadron meeting, we had a number of members, both cadets and seniors, who were not safety current.  As you know, it is mandatory for all CAP personnel to be safety current to participate in any CAP activity, including the weekly meeting.  So, we had to spend some time on Wednesday getting some people up to date.

Therefore, for my last IT update for 2012, I wanted to cover how to get online safety education through eServices.  Of course, the best way is to regularly attend our squadron meetings.  The first meeting of every month includes a safety briefing, and that ensures all attendees are current through the end of the following month.

But, we’re all busy people, and sometimes we miss meetings.  Fortunately, getting online safety training is a very straightforward process.  When you log in to eServices, there should be a link in the left hand column of the main screen that says “Safety Management System (SMS.)”  Clicking that link will bring you to the SMS main page, which has a series of large buttons in the main window.  Find the “Online Safety Education” button and click it.

On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom section which says “(Your Name) Safety Education Training Records.”  You will see in the first entry on the rightmost column when your safety currency expires.  If you have expired, or are in danger of expiring, just scroll up to the “Elective Monthly Education Courses” heading and choose one of the links there.  You will then see instructions on how to complete the course.  Generally, this means viewing a short PowerPoint presentation, and then taking a 10 question quiz.  It should only take a few minutes to complete.  Once you pass the quiz, your eServices record will automatically be updated and you will be safety current.

Also, if you log in to eServices and your safety currency has already expired, you will immediately see a message that will send you directly to the Safety Management System to complete training.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on this material or on any CAP-related IT issue.  Best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.