Sda Achievement 9

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C/2d. Lt. Insert Name , CAP
Cadet Advisor
Insert Squadron

Staff Duty Analysis
Achievement 9 – Flight Commander

Part A: Overview of Requirements

CAP Publications Applicable to Cadet Flight Commander


No CAP regulations are listed for this OPR


No CAP pamphlets are listed for this OPR


No CAP forms are listed for this OPR

Suspense’s Required of Flight Commander

The Flight Commander has no suspense’s of his or her own, but must manage his or her staff suspense’s. They must monitor the Flight Sergeant, as well as the Element Leaders to make sure that they are performing their duties. This information must be then reported to the Cadet Commander, as per the Squadron Chain of Command.

Performance Requirements for this SDA

Interview any leader on the subject of “taking charge.” Report what you learned from the interview in the SDA report and in a 3-5 minute speech to cadets in your unit. (See Attachment 1) List five common uniform discrepancies and explain what the correct standard actually is. Reference the appropriate CAP regulation and paragraph. (See Attachment 2)

Part B: Narrative

What are the essential duties of the Flight Commander?
The Flight Commander is one of the core units in a larger Squadron Chain of Command. They operate the most basic CAP unit, the flight. The Flight Commander takes some of the duties of command off of the Cadet Commander’s shoulders.

How does the Flight Commander help the squadron fulfill its mission? Without the Flight Commander, the Flights could not operate. The cadet corps would possibly fail. Or, the Cadet Commander would be forced to take on all of the responsibilities that would have been shared.

How does this position affect cadets or the overall Cadet Program? This is the basic unit for cadet leadership. It is often the first command position held by a cadet officer. Without the flight commander, cadets would not have someone to...
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