• Squadron Leadership School on Sept2018

Squadron Leadership School (SLS) provides CAP's adult members with a basic understanding of CAP operations at the squadron level and how those operations affect CAP's national missions. Additionally, members learn more about CAP customs, core values, and communications. Case studies, discussion, and group assignments are integral facets of the SLS.

Squadron Leadership Schools are administered at group or wing level and last from 12 to 16 classroom hours. Students completing SLS are awarded a certificate of completion and this trianing is noted on their permanent record.


Squadron Leadership School is a professional development program for adult CAP volunteers. SLS’s primary goal is to prepare members to contribute at the squadron level.

To accomplish that goal, SLS is organized around three main blocks of instruction, each containing two or three seminars:

1. Preliminaries

Block Objective: Not applicable

1.1 Welcome to Squadron Leadership School ,30 min
1.2 Course Critique & Graduation ,30 min

2. Volunteer Service

Block Objective: Understand the basic expectations associated with being a CAP officer; commit to serving as a staff officer

2.1 Officership & The Public Trust ,80 min
2.2 Introduction to Professional Development ,50 min

3. The Role of the Squadron & Its Staff

Block Objective: Develop an appreciation for the essential role squadrons play in CAP; acquire practical knowledge necessary for serving as a squadron staff officer.

3.1 Squadrons: The Heart of CAP ,50 min
3.2 Squadron Staff Officers ,80 min
3.3 Individualized Training in Staff Specialties ,80 min

4. Foundation for Leadership

Block Objective: Comprehend the leadership attitudes and skills necessary for serving effectively as a squadron staff officer.

4.1 Introduction to Leadership ,80 min
4.2 The Staff Officer as Communicator ,80 min
4.3 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving ,80 min

1st Lt. Rachel Silverberg, CAP
SLS Director
Long Isaland Group HQ