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| IPP || Initial Planning Point || Point selected to begin planning for a search                   
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| IST || Introduction Safety Training || sAFETY               
| IT || Information Technology || Office Symbol                   
| IT || Information Technology || Office Symbol                   
| JA || Legal Officer (wing and higher) || Office Symbol                   
| JA || Legal Officer (wing and higher) || Office Symbol                   

Revision as of 12:16, 14 August 2021

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

Additional Resources

DOD Dictionary: https://www.jcs.mil/Portals/36/Documents/Doctrine/pubs/dictionary.pdf
FEMA Dictionary: https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/termdef.aspx
Volunteer University Lexicon: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Lexicon_VolU_0B1AB7FB28B18.pdf

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
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
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
AFRCC Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Air Force center that manages assignment of Air Force search and rescue in the United States
AOBD Air Operations Branch Director
AP Airborne Photographer
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 authorized for CAP wear. Being 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
BZ Bravo Zulu Navy term for "job well done"
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
CAP-USAF Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force USAF personnel assigned by 1AF to oversea the operations of the Auxiliary and monitor the spending of appropriated funds.
CC Commander Office Symbol
CCC Command Chief Master Sergeant Office Symbol
CCE Executive Officer Air Force office symbol for executive officer, sometimes used in CAP
CCF First Sergeant (Cadet or Composite Squadrons Only) Office Symbol
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
CDS Deputy Commander for Seniors Office Symbol
CERT Community Emergency Response Team Emergency services qualification
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
CLC Corporate Learning Course Advanced Course for Senior Members to learn about CAP organization above the squadron
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.
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 (Wing/Region) Office Symbol
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
CUB Commander's Update Briefing Typically a staff update to their commander on current activities
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
DCS Deputy Commander for Support Region-level staff position that may oversee a specific element of the staff (e.g. DCS Logistics, DCS Aerospace)
DEV Development (NHQ Only) Office Symbol
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
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
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
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter Aircraft beacon that triggers in a crash to help search teams locate the aircraft
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
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
FM Finance Officer Office Symbol
FMA Wing Financial Analyst May also be called WFA (pronounced "wiffa")
Form 5 Civil Air Patrol Form #5 Form used by CAP to approve pilot qualifications to fly CAP aircraft
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 VDEM qualification similar to Ground Team Leader
FTM Field Team Member VDEM qualification similar to Ground Team Member
FTX Field Training Exercise Exercise that involves field forces
GC General Counsel (NHQ Only) Office Symbol
GCC Group Commander Certificate Group Commander Certificate training offered as electives for those in a Level 4 online


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
GR Government Relations Advisor (Wing and region) Office Symbol. Also may be called GRA
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
GTM Ground Team Member
GVR Government Relations Office Symbol. NHQ only
HC Chaplain Office Symbol
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
IACE International Air Cadet Exchange
ICP Incident Command Post
ICS Incident Command System
ICUT Introductory Communications User Training Initial training to be able to operate CAP radios without supervision
IFR Instrument Flight Rules
IG Inspector General (wing and higher) Office Symbol
IGC Inspector General College A national college for CAP Inspectors General and Inspector General staff members ; region, wing, or group commanders; or legal officers
IPP Initial Planning Point Point selected to begin planning for a search
IST Introduction Safety Training sAFETY
IT Information Technology Office Symbol
JA Legal Officer (wing and higher) Office Symbol
L-Per Direction finding equipment used in finding ELTs. Also known as "Little L-Per" by manufacturer, L-Tronics.
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
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
MALR Mid-Atlantic Liaison Region This is 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
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
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.
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
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 Resident course for Senior Members teaching leadership and organization
NSOC National Safety Officer College A national college for CAP Safety Officers
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.
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 Organizational Resource Management System CAP database to track equipment, vehicles, and aircraft
PA Public Affairs Office Symbol
PD Professional Development Office Symbol. Previous name for senior member education and training program. Now ET or E&T
PLS Point Last Seen Point where target was actually seen
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
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
Rank Order of precedence among members. Definition derived from 10 USC §101
RCC Region Commander Certificate Region Commander Certificate training offered as electives for those in a Level 5 online


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
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
RSC Region Staff College An in-residence college 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

SE Safety Office Symbol
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
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
SQTR Specialty Qualification Training Record Form to track Emergency Services qualifications
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
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 Team activity to see how people work in the dynamics of a group
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
UAS Unmanned Aircraft System Aircraft of any size that is remotely piloted
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
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
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
WMIRS Web Mission Information Reporting System CAP's online database to track missions, sorties, aircraft, and funding
XO Executive Officer Office Symbol
XP Plans and Programs Office Symbol