Command and Ceremonial Support Academy

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The Command and Ceremonial Support Academy (CSA) has two training objectives: Instill in it's students a sense of confidence in the their leadership abilities; and properly form an understanding of the value and effectiveness of Servant Leadership.

This is achieved by having multiple venues for leadership development appropriate to cadets of all ages and experience in the form of the drill-centric Elective Leadership Development Courses. The value of Servant Leadership is instilled by having the students explore all of the support staff functions that are required to sustain a operation unit (in this case a Ceremonial Operations Unit) and it's missions. In many ways this is just 2 week long Advanced Encampment suitable for both Cadets and Senior Members students.

The Command and Ceremonial Support Academy is also designed to impart the foundational skills and knowledge students need in order to be successful during Honor Guard training, and graduation from any of the CSA courses may allow a student attend the Honor Guard Academy at a higher level. It is however it’s own stand alone program academy and contains no Honor Guard specific drill instruction. All 3 of the elective courses under the Command and Ceremonial Support Academy teach only those drill movement found in Air Force Manual 36-2203 and the Manual of Arms from the AFCW Instruction 36-2203.

All CSA courses contain the required curriculum to receive the Cadet Honor Academy credit.

Team Support Course


This course is suitable for both Cadets and Senior Member Students.This course consists of a curriculum designed to teach the skills needed to provide the finest support to Drill Demonstration Teams and Formal Ceremonies. The areas covered by this class include:
- Dramatic Support: stage handling, lighting, music and equipment maintenance.
- Common First Aid and injury prevention for drill teams
- Fundraising concepts with Dining Out/In-Cooking, Protocol and Table Waiting, to throw "fancy charity dinners”
- PAO School specifically designed to tackle Drill and Ceremonies issues including, making the team look good on paper and on screen, publicly speaking about the team, identifying uniform mistakes and other errors before taking pictures, and how and where to publicize and report team events. 
- Introduction to bugle calls and other ceremonial music,
- Program writings, letter and invitation writing and memorandum writing.






The course materials for this class will include:
 - CAPR 10-1 Preparing Official Correspondence
 - CAPR 35-6 Operations Ratings, Awards and Badges
 - CAPM 39-1 CAP Uniform Manual
 - CAPR 39-3 Award of CAP Medals, Ribbons and Certificates
 - CAPR 173-4 Fund Raising/Donations
 - CAPR 190-1 Civil Air Patrol Public Affairs Program
 - CAPR 900-2 Civil Air Patrol Name, Seal, Logo, Command Emblem and Flag Etiquette
 - CAPP 3 Guide to CAP Protocol
 - CAPP 4 Event Planner Guide
 - CAPP 50-5 Introduction to Civil Air Patrol
 - CAPP 52-8 CAP Unit Honor Guard Program
 - CAPP 151 Respect on Display
 - AFMAN 36-2203 Drill and Ceremonies
 - AFH 33-337 Air Force Tongue and Quill
 - AFI 34-1201 Protocol
 - AFPAM 34-1202 Guide to Protocol 
 - AFCW Instruction 36-2203 Drill and Ceremonies

Depending on time constraints students and staff of this course may also participate in the following:

 - Obstacle/Confedence/Leadership Reaction Course

 - Laser Tag

 - Team Sports

Prerequisites
 - Complete a Basic Encampment
Uniform Requirements
- Packing List Click Here
Minimum physical capability standards
- NA (See Electivs bellow)
Class Size Requirements
NA (See Electivs bellow)
Max Cadets 11 per driver (i.e. 2 drivers = 22 cadets (Students and C/Staff))


Elective Leadership Development Courses

Each Student in the Command and Ceremonial Support Academy is required to take part in leadership training though one these drill-centric Elective Leadership Development Courses:
Excellence Prep Course



This course consists of a curriculum focused on the health and physical fitness needs of cadets that are incapable of conducting training in another course. This course is suited for cadets that both need remedial drill fitness training and those cadets that would like to learn how to address the drill fitness needs in there home squadron and wing. Students may chose to enroll in this course or may be selected to drop their desired course of study, if they fail to meet the minimum physical capability standards set for each course. The desired outcome of this course is to teach the students how to safely achieve their desired physical fitness goals and motivate them to live a healthy active lifestyle and return to the Ceremonies School ready to succeed in the future.



We certainly can't do PT all week, so the students and staff of this course will also participate in the following:

 - Obstacle Course

 - Laser Tag

 - Sports




This course includes all of the curriculum requirements necessary to receive CHA Credit (Cadet Honor Academy). As such the Excellence Prep Course students will learn the standard Manual of Arms found in AFCW Instruction, 36-2203 Chapter 4. For more information about the Cadet Honor Academy program and curriculum (Click Here) 


  • Prerequisites

    • Complete a Basic Encampment

  • Uniform Requirements

  • Minimum physical capability standards

    • NA

  • Class Size Requirements

    • Minimum students 4 (i.e. 1 Colors Team)

    • Max Cadets 11 per driver (i.e. 2 drivers = 22 cadets (Students and C/Staff))

Drill Excellence Course


This course consists of a curriculum designed to perfect a cadets understanding of Drill and Ceremonies of the element, flight, and squadron, as found in AFMAN 36-2203 and to perfect their understanding and compliance with CAP’s dress and appearance regulations. (This course is an excellent prep school before staffing encampments). AFMAN 36-2203 is the primary text of study for mastery.


This course includes all of the curriculum requirements necessary to receive CHA Credit (Cadet Honor Academy). As such the Drill Excellence students will learn the standard Manual of Arms found in AFCW Instruction, 36-2203 Chapter 4. For more information about the Cadet Honor Academy program and curriculum (Click Here). Additionally, students will become generally knowledgeable about other relevant drill and ceremonies regulations


  • Prerequisites

    • Complete a Basic Encampment

  • Uniform Requirements

  • Minimum Physical Capability Standards

    • Pass the CPFT appropriate to their age and rank in accordance with CAPP 52-18

    • Ability to stand apparently motionless at Attention for 3 minutes

    • While standing at attention, be capable of steadily holding an almost 8.5lb drill rifle at Port arms, Present arms, and Left and Right Shoulder arms for 1 minute.

    • While standing at attention, be capable of holding a flag at Present Colors for 1 minute and return it to Carry Colors

  • Class Size Requirements

    • 11 students minimum

    • Max Cadets 11 per driver (i.e. 2 drivers = 22 cadets (Students and C/Staff))


Color Guard Course


This course consists of a curriculum designed to focus on the Color Guard aspect of Drill and Ceremonies with an emphasis on preparing the student to be fully knowledgeable to compete and score highly in the Cadet Color Guard Competition program as found in CAPP 52-4. CAPP 52-4 will be the primary text of study for mastery and lists several other texts that will be used including AFMAN 36-2203, CAPM 39-1, CAPP 52-18, and AFCWI 36-2203.


This course includes all of the curriculum requirements necessary to receive CHA Credit (Cadet Honor Academy). As such the Color Guard students will learn the standard Manual of Arms found in AFCW Instruction, 36-2203 Chapter 4. For more information about the Cadet Honor Academy program and curriculum (Click Here). Additionally, students will becomegenerally knowledgeable about other relevant drill and ceremonies regulations.


  • Prerequisites

    • Complete a Basic Encampment

  • Uniform Requirements

  • Minimum Physical Capability Standards

    • Pass the CPFT appropriate to their age and rank in accordance with CAPP 52-18

    • Ability to stand apparently motionless at Attention for 3 minutes

    • While standing at attention, be capable of steadily holding an almost 8.5lb drill rifle at Port arms, Present arms, and Left and Right Shoulder arms for 1 minute.

    • While standing at attention, be capable of holding a flag at Present Colors for 1 minute and return it to Carry Colors

  • Class Size Requirements

    • Minimum students 4 (i.e. 1 Colors Team)

    • Max Cadets 11 per driver (i.e. 2 drivers = 22 cadets (Students and C/Staff))