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Dictionary of CAP terms, including acronyms, abbreviations, and unique terms used in CAP.

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Acronym/Abbreviation/Term Spelled Out Definition
101 Card Civil Air Patrol Form 101 Wallet-sized form that lists all Emergency Services qualifications and supervised trainee status
1AF First Air Force USAF Component of NORTHCOM to which CAP is operationally assigned
AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service On-base store where CAP members can purchase USAF-style uniforms 
ABU Airmen's Battle Dress Uniform USAF-style uniform authorized for CAP wear
ACC Air Combat Command USAF Command to which CAP-USAF is assigned
ACE Aerospace Connections in Education A fun, interactive aerospace/STEM program for CAP educator members who teach grades K-6. Designed to engage and inspire early-aged youth toward an interest in aviation, space, and other STEM-related careers.
ACSC Air Command and Staff College Air Force officer Intermediate Developmental Education course for majors and major-selects
ADIS Advanced Digital Imagery System Photography mission type
AE Aerospace Education
AEM Aerospace Education Member Membership category for teachers and other educators to have access to K-12 aerospace education materials to bring into their classroom or education setting. Available to both formal (teachers) and informal (e.g. youth program leaders) educators.
AERONet Airborne Extensible Relay Over-Horizon Network Tactical network that provides live, shared situational awareness.
AEX Aerospace Education Excellence Program
AFAM Air Force Assigned Mission
AFJROTC Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps A citizenship program in high schools supported by the USAF designed to build better citizens, strength, strengthen character and acquaint cadets with the aerospace age and careers in the military and civilian aviation. Civil Air Patrol can provide orientation flights to AFJROTC cadets.
AFMCSS Air Force Military Clothing Sales Store On-base store where CAP members can purchase USAF-style uniforms 
AFRCC Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Air Force center that manages assignment of Air Force search and rescue in the United States
AFROTC Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps A three- to five-year program that trains a full-time civilian college student to become a leader and officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) or United States Space Force (USSF). Upon graduation from school and upon completing the AFROTC training program and selection process, the cadet will commission as an officer in the USAF or USSF. Civil Air Patrol can provide orientation flights to AFROTC cadets.
AGH Aircraft Ground Handling Course that teaches safe ground movement of aircraft
ALE Automatic Link Establishment Feature of an HF radio that allows the radio to automatically connect with another HF radio using a unique identifier
AMF Aircraft Maintenance Facility
AMO Aircraft Maintenance Officer
AMRAD Aircraft Maintenance Repair And Documentation System that provides real-time visibility of aircraft status, open and closed discrepancies, maintenance & inspection data, maintenance and repair requests, parts order status and parts tracking
AOBD Air Operations Branch Director
AOR Area of Responsibility
AP Airborne Photographer
ATP Annual Training Plan Plan developed by each wing for a fiscal year (FY) that identifies the commander's vision, goals, and training goals for ES and air ops. It includes the budget request for SUIs, Operations, and Emergency Services, including SUI travel, flight evaluations, orientation flights (Cadet, JROTC, ROTC), proficiency flying, and training events.
AUDL Air University Distance Learning An Air Force organization through which professional military education courses can be completed. Notable among the offerings which are available to eligible Civil Air Patrol members are: Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and Noncommissioned Officer Academy. See CAP Regulation 40-1 paragraph 11.1
AWC Air War College Air Force officer Senior Developmental Education course for lieutenant colonels and Lt Col-selects
Axis Learning system in eServices that offers training courses
BDU Battle Dress Uniform Old USAF-style uniform previously authorized for CAP wear. Phased out in 2021.
Bivouac Military camping typically with training activities. Usually a temporary encampment under little or no shelter. (pronounced BIV-wack)
BLUF Bottom Line Up Front Brief (1-2 sentence) summary of a long or complex communication
BoG Board of Governors Governing body of CAP that governs, directs, and manages the affairs of the Corporation
BZ Bravo Zulu Navy term for "job well done"
CAC Cadet Advisory Council Provides a forum where cadets gain leadership experience at higher organizational levels, aid the commander in monitoring and implementing the Cadet Program, and make recommendations to the commander for improving and running the Cadet Program.
CAP Civil Air Patrol USAF Auxiliary
CAPF Civil Air Patrol Form
CAPID Civil Air Patrol Identification (number) Unique number to identify each member
CAPP Civil Air Patrol Pamphlet Written guidance published by National Headquarters or subordinate units
CAPR Civil Air Patrol Regulation Written directive on policy published by National Headquarters
CAPS Civil Air Patrol Standard Publication that outlines standards of accomplishing tasks, such as aircraft operations
CAPWATCH eServices database
CAP-USAF Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force USAF personnel assigned by 1AF to oversee the operations of the Auxiliary and monitor the spending of appropriated funds.
CC Commander Office Symbol
CCC Command Chief or Command NCO or NCO Advisor Office Symbol. Command Chief at NHQ, Command NCO at region/wing, and NCO Advisor at groups and below.
CCE Executive Officer Air Force office symbol for executive officer, sometimes used in CAP. Administrative support for the unit commander.
CCF First Sergeant Office Symbol (Cadet or Composite Squadrons Only)
CCRSC Chaplain Corps Region Staff College A training opportunity offered for CAP Chaplain Corps personnel.
CD Deputy Commander Office Symbol
CD Counterdrug
CDC Deputy Commander for Cadets Office Symbol
CDI Character Development Instructor Senior Member who teaches character development classes for cadets
CDI Commander-Directed Investigation No longer authorized
CDS Deputy Commander for Seniors Office Symbol
CEMS Communications Equipment Maintenance System eServices database to request communications equipment maintenance and repair
CEO Chief Executive Officer The National Commander serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation, and is responsible for overall control of the organization
CERT Community Emergency Response Team Emergency services qualification
CFDU Corporate Flight Duty Uniform Blue flight suit 
CFU Corporate Field Uniform Blue utility uniform 
CI Compliance Inspection National Headquarters inspection of region and wing headquarters
CISM Critical Incident Stress Management Emergency services qualification
CIQ Commander's Inquiry Process where a wing or higher commander can initiate an inquiry through the IG into issues within their command. CIQs follow the complaint resolution process in CAPR 20-2. Replaced the commander's directed investigation.
CLC Corporate Learning Course Advanced Course for Senior Members to learn about CAP organization above the squadron. Replaced by the Level IV course.
CMSAF Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Secretary of the Air Force. Highest ranking enlisted position in the Air Force.
COI Certificate of Insurance
CONUS Continental United States 48 states, not including Alaska and Hawaii 
COO Chief Operating Officer Full-time employee at NHQ who administers the day‐to‐day activities of CAP
COP Certificate of Proficiency Recognition for cadets who completed the cadet program prior to the current system
COP Common Operating Picture "A single identical display of relevant information shared by more than one command that facilitates collaborative planning and assists all echelons to achieve situational awareness." (DOD Dictionary)
COV Corporate Owned Vehicle Vehicles owned by CAP
CP Cadet Programs Office Symbol
CPP Cadet Protection Program
CPPT Cadet Protection Program Training
CS Chief of Staff Office Symbol (Wing/Region)
CSAF Chief of Staff of the Air Force Senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the U.S. and overseas
CSAG CAP Senior Advisory Group Advisory body to the National Commander, consisting of the National Commander, National Vice Commander, National Executive Officer, 8 Region Commanders, Chief Operating Officer*, Commander, CAP‐USAF*, and Advisors as the National Commander may appoint*

(*Ex‐officio, nonvoting members)

CTW Cadre Training Weekend Staff training for encampment
CUB Commander's Update Briefing Typically a staff update to their commander on current activities
CUI Controlled Unclassified Information Information that, while not classified, still requires some level of protection from unauthorized access and release. Protection may be required for privacy, sensitive mission information, or other reasons. Replaced FOUO.
CV Vice Commander Office Symbol
CWU Corporate Working Uniform a.k.a. polo uniform, authorized for senior members only
DA Administration Office Symbol
DAART Domestic Awareness Assessment and Response Tool
DC Communications (Director) Office Symbol
DCP Director of Cadet Programs Office Symbol for wing-level staff position responsible for cadet program management
DCS Deputy Commander for Support Region-level staff position that may oversee a specific element of the staff (e.g. DCS Logistics, DCS Aerospace)
DDR Drug Demand Reduction Program to reduce drug abuse
DEV Director of Development Office Symbol for wing/region position responsible for enhancing fundraising efforts at the region, wing, and unit level
DF Direction Finder Equipment capable of receiving and tracking aviation, marine, and personal distress beacons on 121.5 MHz, 243 MHz, and 406 MHz frequencies
DIV Diversity Officer Office Symbol
DLO Desired Learning Outcomes In a lesson plan, describes the knowledge, skills, or attitudes that students should be able to demonstrate after the lesson
DO Operations Office Symbol
DOC Counterdrug Office Symbol
DoD Department of Defense
DOH Homeland Security Office Symbol
DOK Director of Communications Office Symbol. NHQ only
DOS Emergency Services Office Symbol
DOT Operations Training Office Symbol
DOU Unmanned Aerial Systems Office Symbol
DOV Standardization & Evaluation Office Symbol
DP Personnel Office Symbol
DR Disaster Relief Office Symbol. Also category of mission providing post-disaster services.
DSCA Defense Support of Civil Authorities Authority used by DoD Components to support civil authorities to save lives, mitigate suffering, minimize serious property damage, and protect vital infrastructure during a disaster.
E108 Electronic CAPF108 Request for reimbursement of mission expenses filed in WMIRS
E&T Education and Training Senior Member training program. Replaced Professional Development. Also known as ET
ELPER Direction finding equipment used in finding ELTs transmitting on 121.5 or 243 MHz frequency. Correct name is "L-Per" or "Little L-Per" by manufacturer, L-Tronics.
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter Aircraft beacon that triggers in a crash to help search teams locate the aircraft
EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon Emergency transmitter beacon carried by marine vehicles (e.g. boats) that sends off a signal in case of emergency
EPLO Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Reserve officers who coordinate DoD resources during an emergency response
EPS Encampment Preparatory School A weekend preparatory version of Encampment
ET Education and Training Office Symbol. Also the Senior Member training program. Replaced Professional Development. Also known as E&T
EXPLAN Exercise Plan The overall plan for the exercise
F&P Familiarization and Preparatory Training The initial classroom training for an emergency services qualification. Once a member completes prerequisites, F&P, and receives commander's approval they are classified as a Trainee on their 101 card. Trainees may participate in training and real world emergency services missions under a qualified supervisor
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FASC Finance Admin Section Chief
FDU Flight Duty Uniform a.k.a. flight suit
FECA Federal Employees Compensation Act Workmen’s compensation program for federal workers. FECA is applicable to CAP seniors and cadets 18 and older while serving on Air Force-assigned missions, including travel to and from. (See CAPR 900-5)
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FLIR Forward-Looking Infrared Thermal imaging system used by some CAP wings (NDWG, WYWG) for DSCA/SAR
FLM Flightline Marshaller
FLS Flightline Supervisor
FM Finance Officer Office Symbol
FMA Wing Financial Analyst May also be referred to as WFA (pronounced "wiffa")
FOC Full Operational Capability Referring to the status of a new program when it is able to be fully employed to meet an operational need
Form 5 Civil Air Patrol Form #5 Form used by CAP to approve pilot qualifications to fly CAP aircraft
FOUO For Official Use Only Information or material which, although unclassified, may not be appropriate for public release. Replaced by CUI
FRO Flight Release Officer
FSX Full-scale Exercise Exercise that involves all field forces as well as mission management
FTCA Federal Tort Claims Act Liability protection that applies to CAP and its members while performing "Air Force-assigned missions" (see CAPR 900-5)
FTL Field Team Leader State qualification similar to Ground Team Leader
FTM Field Team Member State qualification similar to Ground Team Member
FTX Field Training Exercise Exercise that involves field forces
GBD Ground Branch Director
GC General Counsel Office Symbol (NHQ Only)
GCC Group Commander Certificate Group Commander Certificate training
GES General Emergency Services Initial training/exam for members starting emergency services training. Required for any ES participation.
GIIEP Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation Portable
GIS Geographic Information System Data management system that organizes information across geography, typically laid out in a map composed of layers on information
GLR Great Lakes Region
GR Government Relations Advisor Office Symbol. Also may be called GRA. (Wing and region)
Grade A step or degree, in a graduated scale of office or military rank (e.g., TSgt, 2d Lt). Definition derived from 10 USC §101
GREEN FLAG Mission Code Phrase Special CAP mission using specially equipped aircraft to train military sensor operators
GSA General Services Administration Federal agency that sets reimbursement rates for lodging and per diem (food)
GSAR (College) Ground Search and Rescue College VDEM course for Field Team Member (Ground Team Member) qualification
GTL Ground Team Leader ES qualification to lead a team to perform field search and rescue
GTM Ground Team Member ES qualification to perform field search and rescue. Includes levels 1-3, with 1 being the most advanced qualifications
GVR Government Relations Office Symbol. NHQ only
HABC High Altitude Balloon Challenge Annual aerospace education competition started in 2021 where cadet teams design a science experiment to study the effects of high altitude on materials. The experiments are launched to a high altitude then recovered and cadets test their hypothesis against a control sample.
HADR Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
HC Chaplain Office Symbol
HF High Frequency Radio operating in a range of 3 to 30 megahertz. CAP's HF radio network allows for communications across long distances
HGA Honor Guard Academy Region-level training for Honor Guard members. Usually classified as an NCSA.
HHQ Higher Headquarters Management level above the referenced level, e.g. wing referring to region or national
HLS Homeland Security CAP non-combat mission to support defense of the United States
HO Historian Office Symbol
HQ Headquarters Management level in CAP above the squadron/chartered flight, e.g. Group, Wing, Region, National
HR Human Relations Office Symbol. NHQ employee management
HS Health Services Office Symbol
HUBCAP CAP's innovation hub where members can share tools and resources they create
IACE International Air Cadet Exchange
IC Incident Commander Lead individual in the Incident Command System. Qualification levels include IC1 (highest/major complex incidents) to IC3.
ICP Incident Command Post
ICS Incident Command System Standard federal system for organization and operations for incident response. Scalable to size of the incident.
ICUT Introductory Communications User Training Initial training to be able to operate CAP radios without supervision
IFR Instrument Flight Rules
IG Inspector General Office Symbol (wing and higher)
IGC Inspector General College A national college for CAP Inspectors General and Inspector General staff members ; region, wing, or group commanders; or legal officers
IMSAFE I. aM. S.A.F.E. Checklist Aircrew acronym to check common risks to determine an individual's readiness to fly. I – Illness, M – Medication, S – Stress, A – Alcohol, F – Fatigue, E – Emotion
IMSAFE2 I. aM. S.A.F.E. 2 Checklist Driver's acronym to check common risks to determine an individual's readiness to drive. I – Illness, M – Medication, S – Stress, A – Alcohol, F – Fatigue, E – Emotion, 2 – Drivers (for trips more than 10 driving hours) (CAPR 77-1, ICL 22-02)
IOC Initial Operational Capability Referring to the status of a new program when it is able to be minimally employed in an operational environment but not yet at full capability
IPP Initial Planning Point Point selected to begin planning for a search
ISR Intra-Squad Radio Communications - A small ICOM radio that uses military frequencies that looks and behaves like the small Family Radio Service (FRS) radios that are available to the public.
IST Introduction Safety Training Safety
IT Information Technology Office Symbol
JA Legal Officer Office Symbol (wing and higher)
L-Per Direction finding equipment used in finding ELTs transmitting on 121.5 or 243 MHz frequencies. May be spelled ELPER. Also known as "Little L-Per" by manufacturer, L-Tronics.
LBE Load-bearing Equipment Shoulder harness or similar gear for carrying equipment, packs, etc. Often used by the military.
LG Logistics Office Symbol
LGM Aircraft Maintenance Officer Office Symbol
LGS Supply Officer Office Symbol
LGT Transportation Officer Office Symbol
LKP Last Known Position Point where target was last known to be, including use of clues not just last seen
LMR Land Mobile Radio
LNO Liaison Officer Alternate abbreviation for LO
LO Liaison Officer ES qualification to represent CAP with partner agencies during a response to improve coordination between CAP and that agency
LPB Lost Person Behavior Behavior patterns of lost persons based on research and historical data
LRC Leadership Reaction Course Team-based confidence course, often found on military installations
LSC Logistics Section Chief
MALR Mid-Atlantic Liaison Region The CAP-USAF component aligned with MAR
MAR Mid-Atlantic Region CAP region that includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington DC, Virginia, and West Virginia
MCAF Mission Chaplain (USAF Support Rated)
MCCF Mission Chaplain (CAP Support Rating)
MCDF Mission Chaplain (Disaster Support Rating)
MER Middle East Region Former name of the Mid-Atlantic Region, changed in 2018
MFC Mountain Flying Certification
MO Mission Observer
MOA Memorandum of Agreement Formal agreement between two organizations that does not involve financial obligation
MOU Memorandum of Understanding Formal agreement between two organizations that includes a financial obligation
MP Mission Pilot Minimum VFR pilot with additional training and endorsements to fly search and rescue missions. Training includes how to fly different search patterns.
MRO Mission Radio Operator
MS Mission Scanner
MSA Mission Staff Assistant
MSO Mission Safety Officer
Mx Maintenance
NCO Noncommissioned Officer
NCOA Noncommissioned Officer Academy Focused training course for staff sergeant through chief master sergeant
NCSA National Cadet Special Activity Cadet activities approved by national headquarters to provide advanced experiences in leadership, teamwork, and career exploration. Cadets must complete an encampment prior to attending.
HC Chaplain Office Symbol
NCR North Central Region
NER Northeast Region
NGO Non-Governmental Organization Private organizations such as churches and non-profit service groups that provide support to the community especially in disaster response
NHQ National Headquarters
NLD National Legislative Day
NLOC National Legal Officer College A national college for CAP Legal Officers
NOC National Operations Center CAP's emergency operations center that authorizes CAP missions
NORTHCOM Northern Command Provides command and control of DoD homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities for USA
NRCC National Response Coordination Center FEMA response center to integrate Federal and Non-Governmental Organization response to disasters
NRF National Response Framework Plan that establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. It presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies – from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe
NSC National Staff College This college is no longer offered. Resident course for Senior Members teaching executive leadership and organization. The individual classes have been incorporated in the modules of the Senior Member Education and Training Program. Level 5 professional level modules replaced the course.
NSOC National Safety Officer College A national college for CAP Safety Officers
NUC National Uniform Committee Provides counsel to CAP/CC as requested on proposed amendments to CAP’s uniform policies. 
OBC Officer Basic Course Fundamentals of officership and leadership for senior members. An online course previously required for completion of Level II in the legacy Professional Development Program. This course is no longer offered
OCR Office of Coordinating Responsibility Office who is assisting on a project/task. See OPR.
OI Operating Instruction Directive publication that mandates procedures or actions of a local nature within one unit (charter number)
OPCON Operational Control
OPEX Operational Exercise Exercise that is geared to test specific function or skill set or group
OPR Office of Primary Responsibility Office that has the lead on a project/task and is responsible for the outcome
Ops Eval Operations Evaluation AF inspection of each wing’s operations (emergency services) capability. Occurs every 2 years
Ops Quals Operations Qualifications Module in eServices to track Emergency Services and flight qualifications
ORM Operational Risk Management Now called RM-Risk Management
ORMS Operational Resource Management System CAP database to track equipment, vehicles, and aircraft
OSC Operations Section Chief
PA Public Affairs (Officer) Office Symbol
PCR Pacific Region
PD Professional Development Office Symbol. Previous name for senior member education and training program. Now ET or E&T
PII Personally Identifiable Information CAP confidential information about an individual that can be used to distinguish or trace that individual’s identity. See CAPR 1-2(I) for details.
PIO Public Information Officer
PLB Personal Locator Beacon Emergency beacon used by individuals to send a distress signal in an emergency when away from normal emergency services (e.g. when hiking in the mountains)
PLS Point Last Seen Point where target was actually seen
PME Professional Military Education
POA Plan of Action
POA Probability of Area Probability that a search target is in a specified area
POC Point of Contact Person to contact for additional information
POD Probability of Detection Probability that a search target will be found if it is in the search area
PODC Point of Distribution Course
PODS Point of Distribution System Location during disaster response where residents can pick up food water and supplies
PODS Points of Dispensing Location during disaster response where residents can pick up medications
POS Probability of Success Probability based on combination of POD and POA
POV Personally Owned Vehicles Vehicles owned by members
PPE Personal Protective Equipment Items for individual use to provide safety protection, such as reflective vests, work gloves, and climbing helmets
PSC Planning Section Chief
Rank Order of precedence among members. Definition derived from 10 USC §101
RCC Region Commander Certificate Region Commander Certificate training
RCLS Region Cadet Leadership School
REDCAP A real world CAP mission May be any real mission (not exercise) assigned by AFRCC or the NOC
RM Risk Management Formerly called Operational Risk Management
RMR Rocky Mountain Region
RON Remain Overnight Module in WMIRS for approval to fund lodging and per diem (food) during a mission
ROW Rest of the World Area outside search area
RPA Remotely Piloted Aircraft Aircraft controlled from a distance/pilot not on board. Also known as UAS
RPP Rated Preparatory Program An AF program that provides qualified active Airmen interested in cross-training to an Air Force rated career field an opportunity to gain and strengthen basic aviation skills. Civil Air Patrol volunteer flight instructors provide air and ground instruction to introduce students to aviation fundamentals.
RSC Region Staff College An in-residence course previously required for completion of Level IV in the legacy Professional Development Program. This college is no longer offered. The individual classes have been incorporated in the modules of the Senior Member Education and Training Program.
SAR Search and Rescue
SAR Suspicious Activity Reporting Used by DHS and law enforcement
SAREX Search and Rescue Exercise Practice search and rescue mission
SAV Staff Assistance Visit Visit by higher headquarters staff to review programs and provide advice. Not an inspection.
SCC Squadron Commander Certificate Squadron Commander Certificate training offered as electives for those in a Level 3

online cohort. Members who completed the Unit Commanders Course (UCC) do not need to take the SCC modules

SDA Guide Staff Duty Analysis Guide Leadership development for cadet officers. CAPP 60-32
SE Safety Office Symbol
SER Southeast Region
SWR Southwest Region
SFGC Shelter Field Guide Course Shelter management course for disaster relief operations
SFRO Senior Flight Release Officer
SIRS Safety Information Reporting System
SLS Squadron Leadership Course Previous course for Senior Members about how a squadron operates. Replaced by Level 2 modules in Volunteer University
SMC/BISC AFRCC SAR Management Course
SNCO Senior Noncommissioned Officer Grades of master sergeant, senior master sergeant, and chief master sergeant
SOS Squadron Officers School An Air Force Professional Military Education School for lieutenants and captains, completion of which earns equivalency credit for some modules in the Senior Member Education and Training Program
SPC National Inland SAR Planning Course
SQTR Specialty Qualification Training Record Form to track Emergency Services qualifications
SRPA Surrogate Remotely-Piloted Aircraft a.k.a. "Green Flag"
STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
SUI Subordinate Unit Inspection Wing inspection program for units below wing level (groups/squadrons) conducted every 24 months
sUAS Small Unmanned Aircraft System Small "drone" aircraft
TAC Training, Advising, and Counselling (Officer) Previous term used for Training Officer
TAG The Adjutant General Highest Commander in a State’s National Guard. In charge of Air and Army Guard. Selected by and reports to the governor
TLC Training Leaders of Cadets Course for Senior Members to learn about the cadet program. Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced courses are available
TLP Team Leadership Project (or Problem) Team activity to see how people work in the dynamics of a group
TMP Transport Mission Pilot
TO Training Officer Current term used at encampments for the senior members who provide an adult presence with a flight and mentor cadre and students (Formerly called TAC Officer)
TSA The Spaatz Association Organization of individuals who earned CAP's General Carl A. Spaatz Award or Certificate of Proficiency. Separate organization from CAP
TTX Table-top Exercise Exercise that is restricted to management and may range quite a bit by type
TUV Temporary Use Vehicles Vehicles rented or borrowed by CAP
UAO Unit Alert Officer
UAS Unmanned Aircraft System Aircraft of any size that is remotely piloted
UASMP sUAS Mission Pilot
UAST sUAS Technician
UCC Unit Commanders Course Previous course for Senior Members to learn about being a unit commander. Replaced by the Squadron Commander Certificate (SCC), Group Commander Certificate (GCC), and Region Commander Certificate (RCC)
UDF Urban Direction Finding Mission to locate Emergency Locator Transmitters (emergency beacons)
USAF United States Air Force
USAFR United States Air Force Reserve Federal reserve component of the USAF. Some Reservists are assigned to CAP-USAF to augment the oversite and support provided to CAP (e.g. Operations Evaluations, encampment advisors/support)
v/r very respectfully Used as a closing statement before a signature block
VAWG Virginia Wing Wing naming convention is 2-letter postal abbreviation (or DC for NATCAP) plus "WG"
VDEM Virginia Department of Emergency Management Virginia state agency responsible for search and rescue, state support in disasters, etc.
VDOA Virginia Department of Aviation Virginia state agency
VFR Visual Flight Rules
VHF Very High Frequency Radio operating in a range of 30 to 300 megahertz. VHF radios are the most commonly used in CAP, used fixed stations, vehicles, aircraft, and handheld radios in support of all CAP missions, including Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and the CAP Cadet Program. Civil Air Patrol operates primarily on frequencies assigned by the United States Air Force.
VIR Virtual In-Residence Online live courses in the Senior Member Education and Training Program taught by Volunteer University
VOAD Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters Primarily a church oriented group that assists in disaster response.
VOLU Volunteer University The organization that offers the modules necessary to advance in the Senior Member Education and Training Program
WA Wing Administrator Office Symbol
WAO Wing Alerting Officer
WFA Wing Financial Analyst National employee who provides financial oversight to wings. Office Symbol is FMA.
WMIRS Web Mission Information Reporting System CAP's online database to track missions, sorties, aircraft, and funding
WOCN Work Order Control Number Tracking identifier for discrepancies listed in AMRAD
WS Water Survival
WSA Web Security Administrator
XO Executive Officer Office Symbol
XP Plans and Programs Office Symbol