The mentor provides a trusted partnership and professional relationship with mentees in order to advance their professional development. This relationship also enhances their CAP experience and helps reduce the time needed to accelerate their contributions and reach their goals and objectives. Mentors also provide a critical role in helping mentees navigate through their professional development training and facilitate opportunities for mentees to gain new experiences to build their skill set.
Mentors serve as advisors, teachers, guides, counselors, and motivators to their mentee. They also serve in the role of coach and role model. (See CAPP 40-7, part 6 for a detailed description of these roles). Through the mentor-mentee relationship, the mentee can be guided by their mentor to greater opportunities and experiences by opening doors to service that they may not have previously realized.
It is expected that mentors will bring their experience and passion to the mentee relationship to motivate the member to succeed and continue to pursue their goals.
Mentors will exemplify CAP’s Core Values of Integrity, Excellence, Volunteer Service, and Respect. As a mentor, you must be willing to invest yourself, your knowledge, and your skills in a member of Civil Air Patrol to make a profound difference in their CAP careers, their lives, and maybe even your own!
Director of Mentoring - Lt Col Michael Willis