Commander, Northwest Group – United States


Group commanders represent the wing commander in their group. They are responsible to the Corporation and the wing commander for ensuring that corporation objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within their group. They shall:

  • Exercise command over all units in their group.
  • Promote objectives and purposes of CAP by encouraging the achievement of established goals and programs by all units and by establishing new goals and programs within the group in support of the Corporation’s objectives.
  • Establish plans, policies, and procedures necessary to the proper conduct of group affairs that are not in conflict with national, region, and wing policies and directives.
  • Be aware of accomplishments, problems, and degree of compliance by subordinate units with policies and directives through a system of inspections, reports, and staff visits. Inform the wing commander of progress toward achievement of objectives, notable accomplishments, problem areas, and other matters of interest.
  • Ensure safety of personnel and equipment through effective policy guidance regarding safety procedures and equipment.
  • Select and appoint high caliber group staff members and remove from group staff positions those members deemed unqualified or otherwise unsuitable to continue in their positions.
  • Coordinate with the Wing Commander on the appointment of high caliber commanders of subordinate units when replacements are needed or removal of unit commanders whenever they are considered unqualified or otherwise unsuitable.
  • Refer problems that cannot be resolved at group level to the wing commander.

Group commanders should be familiar with the Civil Air Patrol Constitution and Bylaws, all CAP governing directives and all policy matters affecting their command.

At the time you are assigned as Commander you must

  • Have completed Level III.
  • Have completed Advanced Cadet Protection Training (REQUIRED).
  • Have completed Unit Commander Course (UCC) (PREFERRED)
  • Have Completed Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) (PREFERRED)
  • Possess enthusiasm for CAP

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