I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer. As we approach the new school year, I am pleased to see that we are welcoming new senior members and cadets to the squadron. That means it is a good time to send out some reminders about some of the IT resources available to us in the squadron.
For our newest members, welcome! If you are getting this message via e-mail, then your membership in CAP and the squadron is active. If you have not already done so, please activate your eServices account as soon as possible. You can do this by going to this site. On the right side of the page, click on the link that says “Click here to register” and follow the instructions. You will need to enter the last four digits of your social security number to confirm your identity. You have also been assigned a CAP ID number which you will see once you have completed your eServices registration. (I can also tell you what that number is if you are having trouble finding it.)
All members should familiarize themselves with using eServices. You will be directed to perform several activities when you first activate your account, including OPSEC training and Introduction to CAP Safety. I recommend you get these things out of the way as soon as possible. Also, please check that all the personal information that is in the system is correct. For new cadets, it is very important that we have a current e-mail address for you AND a parent.
For new senior members, we’d like to get you into the Senior Member Professional Development Program as soon as possible. The first step is to complete Level 1. There is a new module in eServices that will quickly take you through the required training. When logged in to eServices, click on the link for “Learning Management System” on the left column. Once in LMS, there will be a link near the top of the page for “Level 1 Orientation.” Follow the instructions there and you will be on your way. Once you have completed the training in eServices, you will be expected to sit down with our squadron commander (or designee) to have a summary conversation about your role in the Civil Air Patrol.
The National Capital Wing offers e-mail accounts to all of its members (seniors and cadets). While this is not required, it is strongly recommended to obtain an account, as Wing leadership uses NATCAP e-mail to communicate with the membership. To apply for an account, please go to the Wing web site and click on the NATCAP Apps cloud on the left side of the page. Complete the form and an account will soon be created for you. I know it can be tedious to have to monitor an additional e-mail account, but you can set up the account to forward messages to any account you choose. Please see me if you need assistance in setting this up.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions on this update, or with any CAP-related IT matter and I’ll do my best to help.