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Achievement 16

How to Become Eligible for Promotion

1.   General Advancement Pre-Requisites  (Ref: CAPR 60-1, 5.2.3)
Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
Be able to recite the Cadet Oath from memory.
Participate actively in unit meetings.
Have spent a minimum of 8 weeks (56 days) as an Achievement 15 graduate, unless eligible for a JROTC accelerated promotion (see CAPR 60-1, 5.6.2.3).

2.   Leadership
Pass an online test on Learn to Leadchapter 14, with a grade of 80% or higher, open-book. 

To find the test go to eServices> Learning Management System > Go to AXIS > Cadet Achievement tab

Serve in any cadet support staff position. 

As part of the Staff Duty Analysis, write a technical document, choosing one of eight formats: resume, background paper, advocacy paper, operations plan, budget, media package, after action review, or personal leadership plan.

Also as part of the SDA, brief an audience for 10-15 minutes, using your technical document as a jumping-off point.
To conclude your SDA, discuss your staff service, technical document, and oral briefing with your senior mentor.

3.   Aerospace:   

Pass an online test on a 3-chapter block of Aerospace: Journey of Flight, with a grade of 80% or higher, open-book.
You make take the 3-chapter block tests in any order.  

To find the test go to eServices> Learning Management System > Go to AXIS > Cadet Achievement tab

Corresponding Module in Aerospace Dimensions

Study chapters in Aerospace: Journey of Flight

1 - Introduction to Flight

1, 7, 8

2 - Aircraft Systems & Airports

2, 9, 10

3 - Air Environment

3, 18, 19

4 - Rockets

4, 21, 23

5 - Space Environment

5, 24, 25

6 - Spacecraft

6, 26, 27

Cadets must complete one test during each of the following achievements: 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 16, for a total of six tests during Phases III and IV.

Cadets should study the Aerospace: The Journey of Flight chapters that most closely match the Aerospace Dimensions module being studied by the cadets they are mentoring or instructing.

Some chapters in Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (11-17, 20, 22) are not included in the course of study for cadets. 

4.   Fitness: 
Have attained the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) in the Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT), within the previous 180 days, under the "run plus 2 out of 3" rule. 

Be mindful that the Spaatz Award's CPFT is considerably more challenging than HFZ standards. Familiarize yourself with the Spaatz requirements, set personal goals, and begin working toward Spaatz standards.
 

Healthy Fitness Zone - Males

Age

1-Mile

Pacer 
(20m laps)

Curl
Ups

Push
Ups

Sit & Reach
(avg. inches)

12

10.40

23

18

10

8

13

9.46

29

21

12

8

14

9.22

36

24

14

8

15

9.04

42

24

16

8

16

8.42

47

24

18

8

17

8.22

50

24

18

8

18 +

8.04

54

24

18

8

 

Healthy Fitness Zone - Females

Age

1-Mile

Pacer 
(20m laps)

Curl
Ups

Push
Ups

Sit & Reach
(avg. inches)

12

10.40

23

18

7

10

13

10.20

25

18

7

10

14

10.09

27

18

7

10

15

9.58

30

18

7

12

16

9.46

32

18

7

12

17

9.34

35

18

7

12

18 +

9.22

38

18

7

12

 

5.   Character:   
Participate in at least 1 character activity in the squadron.    

6.   Honor Credit: 
Not available. 

Leadership Expectations

Fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements above is only half the battle. You also need to show that you have some leadership skills. Look at the goals below and once in a while ask yourself how well you're doing in those areas.

Attitude
Resilient; shows mental discipline in working to achieve long-term goals; welcoming of change; has habit of continual self-improvement

Core Values
Uses empathy; recognizes how Core Values relate to new and unfamiliar situations; makes sound and timely decisions independently

Communication Skills
Articulate; succinct; persuasive; varies message to fit audience; proficient in explaining complex issues

Sense of Responsibility
Completes large projects with little supervision; follows and sets a command intent; self-starter

Interpersonal Skills
Actively develops and mentors cadet officers; adapts leadership style to fit situation; calm under pressure

Critical Thinking
Sets long-term goals for the unit; imaginative and visionary; recognizes the unit's long-term needs; mentally agile when faced with unfamiliar problems

Delegation Skills
Directs multiple teams and manages multiple tasks; assigns people to right jobs; delegates well and enables others to take charge

Typical Duties Upon Promotion

Cadet staff officer, cadet deputy commander, or cadet commander

 

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