Pilgrim policies

Being Prepared
Cadet staff
CAP property
Drugs / alcohol
Dues
General ES rating
Interpersonal relations
Late arrivals
Membership
No-salute zone
Personal property
Promotions
Ramp area
Safety
Signing in
Snacks
Troop box

Being prepared
When a cadet or senior member comes to any CAP meeting or activity, he/she needs to be prepared for whatever might occur at that activity. Unprepared persons become liabilities -- The team must care for them as well as carry out the mission. For example, parade marchers must be hydrated. If a person faints during a parade, others must drop out to care for them and seek aid. Proper clothing must be brought or worn to every activity. During winter that means hats and coats. Non-uniform hats and coats are permitted at most activities. It is more important to be safe than look good. Proper nutrition also is important to have enough energy to sustain a person during the activity. Bring all required gear and materials, including CAP ID and Authorization for Consent. Improperly prepared persons will not be allowed to participate and may be sent home.

Cadet staff
Staff is a matter of definition. Any member with a title can be considered as being part of the "staff." Members with titles usually are the best persons for the job, at least they were when appointed. At Pilgrim there will be no arguments about who is and who isn't "on staff." The cadet staff should not consider themselves as "elite." Cadets "on staff" shall not form cliques to the exclusion of other cadets. Be aware that all cadet staff positions must be approved by the squadron commander before being announced and even before the cadets affected are consulted.

CAP property
Any uniforms, books, insignia, patches, radios, or other items issued to a member remain the property of CAP and need to be turned back if the member leaves the program, outgrows the item or ceases to have a use for the item. Anything paid for by the member is the property of the member and the member may ask if the squadron is interested in buying it.

Drugs / alcohol
Any Pilgrim member caught doing drugs will no longer be welcome at Pilgrim. No exceptions. No second chances. Any under age Pilgrim cadet caught drinking alcohol also will no longer be welcome at Pilgrim. Again, no exceptions or second chances.

Dues
Currently dues are $5 per month for cadets; $10 a month for seniors. The dues may be paid by the week, month or year at the member's discretion. We need these funds for various squadron expenses, such as paper, printer ink, stamps and other office and building supplies.

General ES rating
Within six months of joining Pilgrim, EVERY new member of Pilgrim must become mission-qualified. To be mission-qualified several requirements need to be met including taking and agreeing to the OPSEC, take the FEMA IS-100 course and get a 101 card. Instructions and links are on this web page: General ES rating.

Interpersonal relations
Pilgrim has had a proud history of all its cadets getting along, male-female, young-old, newbies and old timers. We will not tolerate anything to disrupt this harmony. With Pilgrim's current mixture of teenage male and female cadets, there is bound to be some mutual attraction, probably dating. However, CAP regulations prohibit displays of affection at CAP functions. Also, members are expected to behave in a professional manner at CAP functions. Problems caused by breakdowns in relationships shall be left outside CAP. Solve the problem or stay away until over it. No CAP function will be altered or cancelled to accommodate problems with interpersonal relations.

Late arrivals
Members who arrive during the Pledge of Allegiance are to wait outside until the Pledge is over, then quietly enter, taking a place in back for the rest of the opening.

Membership
All candidates for membership in Pilgrim Squadron are required to attend at least three regular meetings before submitting an application for membership. The only exceptions are transfer members or previous members who are known to the Squadron

No-salute zone
The area just outside the rear door is designated a no-salute zone. Members need not salute superior officers if the officer is within this area. Specifically, the area extends from the door to the van, from the edge of the ramp to the fence.

Personal property
Each member is responsible for his/her own property. The squadron is not responsible for items lost, misplaced or stolen. Members are encouraged to clearly label books, covers and ES equipment. We advise leaving expensive electronics at home.

Promotions
CAP regulations state that a cadet must pass all tests and participate in safety and moral leadership discussions to be promoted. Certain other conditions can delay a cadet's promotion -- see the cadet oath. While non-payment of dues can't be used to delay a promotion, we will not provide uniforms, uniform items, free ribbons and insignia to members who are behind more than a month as of the end of the previous month. In other words, don't pay dues, go buy your own stuff. If paying dues creates a hardship, please see the squadron commander. Certain milestone promotions may require appearance before the Wing Board of Review.

Ramp area
The area behind our building serves as our drill and PT area but also is an active aircraft operating area. Ground vehicles also travel through. Extreme caution should be exercised when participating in activities in this area as aircraft or vehicles can and do appear without notice. Unless designated as a ramp or for other reasons by a senior member, covers may be worn.

Safety
Safety is our primary concern. Anyone who identifies a safety problem should correct it or notify someone so that it can be corrected. Every member, cadet and senior, has the authority to suspend an activity if he or she deems it unsafe.

Signing in
Immediately upon entering, members should sign in on the computer using their CAP ID except when entering during opening formation. In that case they should sign in as soon as dismissed from the formation. Members not signing in are not covered by CAP insurance and, technically, are not present. Members not present do not get credit for passing tests or attendance at Safety and Moral Leadership discussions, which are required for advancement.

Snacks
Cadets are expected to share in the routine duties of the squadron. One of these responsibilities is taking a turn supplying snacks for our "sody break." It need not be anything elaborate, just a bag of chips or 2-liter bottle of soda. Supplies such as a bag of cups, package of paper plates, or box of spoons often are needed also. A schedule of cadets responsible for snacks is posted on the bulletin board, in the newsletter and on this web page: Snacks. Normally a cadet is asked to bring something about once every other month.

Troop box
Some time ago the squadron voted to support the Adopt-A-Platoon program by filling and sending two boxes per month to the troops overseas. We easily can fill two boxes per month if everyone brings one item for the box every month. Items are not expensive. A list can be found at: Troop box list.