In order for a CAP member to be authorized to wear Air Force style uniforms, the CAP member must meet the grooming standards in CAPM39-1. Grooming standards deal with facial hair, haircut/hairstyle, hair length as well as other items dealing with physical appearance.
CAP members that do not meet the grooming standards in CAPM39-1 are not authorized to wear the Air Force style uniforms. Instead, they are authorized to wear a Corporate Uniform that is appropriate for the CAP activity at hand.
The Air Force style uniforms that CAP memebrs are permitted to wear come with some restrictions on their wear.
For cadets under eighteen years of age, there is not currently a weight standard.
For cadets that are at least 18 years old, and ALL senior members:
The weight standards in CAPM 39-1 must be met in order to be authorized to wear the Air Force style uniforms. Members who do not meet the weight standards are no authorized to wear the Air Force style uniforms.
ACU or Air Battle Uniform
An Air Force style work uniform with a camoflauge print.
BDU or Battle Dress Uniform
An Air Force style work uniform with a woodland camoflauge print. This uniform has already been phased out by the Air Force, and will be phased out by Civil Air Patrol. The trousers and blouse must match in overall appearance and weight (winter weight or summer weight).
There is also a CAP Corporate BDU Uniform. The cloth is blue in color with no pattern.
CAP-USAF is the US Air Force organization charged with the oversight of Civil Air Patrol.
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A Cadet Squadron is comprised of mostly Cadets (ages 12-21), with sufficient adults (Senior Members ages 18 and up) to provide the necessary supervision.
A Composite Squadron contains both adults (Senior Members – ages 18 and up), as well as cadets (ages 12-21).
A Senior Squadron has no cadets, it is all adults (ages 18 and up).
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