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Level IV: Command and Staff

Welcome to Level IV !  Now that you have completed Level III, you are equipped to start Level IV.

To complete this level and earn the Paul E. Garber Award and Garber ribbon, you will become master rated in a specialty track, serve as a staff member in a wing level course or conference, serve in a staff or command assignment for at least two years, among other requirements (see CAPR 50-17 for details).

Should you have any questions about what you are leaning in level four please do not hesitate to talk to your mentor, unit Professional Development Officer, or unit Commander.


 1. Master a Specialty

My Specialty.

2. Serve on Staff

Leadership Applied. 
     a. Complete one of the following:
        1) Prepare and deliver a CAP-related presentation to a non-CAP group.
        2) Conduct a hands-on unit aerospace education program, 
            or an external aerospace education classroom program.
     b. Occupy a command or staff position for a total of 2 years of service to CAP. 
     c. Serve as a staff member in a wing level course or conference, serve in a staff or command assignment for at least two years, among other requirements (see CAPR 50-17 for details).

3. Complete Region Staff College

Increased Leadership Skills. The CAP Region Staff College provides students with in-depth studies of management, leadership, and communications skills, and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level.  Seminar discussions, case studies, and practical exercises are integral parts of the RSC program.

RSC lasts for 40 classroom hours in a laboratory/seminar environment, with the school itself lasting from 5-7 days.  They are normally held on military installations or college campuses, are held annually, and are administered by the regions.

For a listing of upcoming Region Staff Colleges scheduled click HERE. For more information, see below.

Other Resources

Because most members will have been in the program for a few years by the time they reach this level, there are some specialized schools that are available. Such schools as the National Legal Officers College, the CAP Inspector General College, or the Chaplain Service Region Staff College may be treated as equivalent to RSC (see CAPR 50-17 for details).


Region Staff College Director Information

RSC Director's Guide (PDF)

RSC Director's Guide (Word)

RSC Curriculum Guide (CAPP 50-6)

Attachment 1
Member Conduct and Discipline
Member Conduct and Discipline. The Deputy Director will adhere to the procedures described if disciplinary problems cannot be handled informally. These procedures assure fair treatment to all staff and students.

Attachment 2
Graduation Banquet and Dining Out Exercise
Included are cue sheets for introductions and certain other functions. Cue Sheets 1 and 2 are samples only and will have to be customized to show your head table and honored guests.

Attachment 3
Graduation Ceremony
Provide all students and staff a copy.

Attachment 4
Application for Duty Assignment
This optional form can provide important information from your potential staff members. Be selective! This form can be distributed to students interested in staffing future staff colleges.

Attachment 5
Biographical Data
Include this in the early mailing to your students. It provides important information on your students and helps in seminar assignments.

Attachment 6
News Release
Free advertising helps Civil Air Patrol. Ensure each student fills in the blanks and sends it to his/her local newspaper(s) for possible publication.

Attachment 7
This is a vital part of the staff college curriculum

Attachment 8
Topic/Lecturer Critiques
Each presentation must be critiqued for future improvement of instruction and curriculum. Topic/Lecturer critique forms are to be completed each day by students. The seminar advisor collects them and gives them to the curriculum coordinator.

Attachment 9
Combined Topic/Lecture Evaluation
This shorter critique may be used as an alternative to the topic/lecturer critique. This form combines all the presentations for each class day onto one form.

Attachment 10
Social Event Critique

Attachment 11
Critique of Seminar Advisor
Students use this form to evaluate the seminar advisor. These should be collected by the curriculum coordinator.

Attachment 12
Overall Course Evaluation
Students should have access to their daily critiques in completing the overall critique. Also, there must be adequate time to do this to avoid the “halo effect” (hurriedly marking everything “good” and running for the door).

Attachment 13
Pitfalls of School Administration
A checklist of common problems and solutions.

Attachment 14
Job Description Evaluation
One way to smooth out an operation is to ensure each worker knows their function and has the opportunity to improve their job. A copy of this form should be provided to each staff member along with the job description, to be collected later and considered in setting up future staff colleges.

Attachment 15
Seminar Advisor’s Guide
A document similar to this should be mailed to each advisor well in advance of the staff college. Support staff members will also find this helpful.

Attachment 16
Sequence of Events
This checklist provides a last-minute check of things to do. It is not complete, but it does reflect the countless details to remember.

Attachment 17
Student Information Package
Include area maps and brochures (usually available from the Chamber of Commerce) and any other information unique to your staff college.

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