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Getting started in ES

There are many specialty qualifications within Emergency Services (ES) and navigating through them can be confusing.

In all cases, CAP members must start with obtaining their 101 Card.

After that, obtaining your Ground Team Member 3 (GTM-3)/Urban Direction Finding (UDF) rating is the most common route.

These links will help CAP members begin their ES certification process:


Specialty Qualification Training Records (SQTR)

Once you have your GES you can start training as an Urban Direction Finding Team member (UDF) and a Ground Team Member (GTM).

Each of these achievement levels requires training in specific tasks (called SQTRs) and experience from field exercises.

As you progress you can obtain additional achievement levels.

An understanding of what each SQTR can be found in the links below:

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Our squadrons consist of both senior members 18 years of age and older, and cadet members between 12 and 21 years of age. 

Our three core Civil Air Patrol missions are:


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