NCOA is the foundation of the CTEP program.  It is the first of four schools designed to instill and grow leadership qualities and standards in CAP cadets.  NCOA focuses on the junior NCO ranks from C/SSgt – C/MSgt.  Primary teaching is structured around developing what it truly means to be an NCO based on Air Force traditions and the Learn to Lead books.  Students will learn the necessary skills of leadership and the art of utilizing it effectively.  With that knowledge, cadets will understand what the true NCO is and the fundamentals of teamwork.  To conclude the class and prepare them for the future trials ahead, the students will discover the mental aspect required to effectively utilize the leadership qualities they have gained in the school.  Multi-tasking, time management and effective communication are crucial to their future success in CAP.  This school prepares them to be effective leaders in both their personal lives and those around them. 


Write a minimum 800-word minimum essay on L2L Chapter 15 Sections 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, and 15.4.

A Resume (as if you were applying for the Winter Encampment Executive Staff) Length: One page

You were chosen to serve as the Cadet Commander of an encampment. Write a welcome email to your staff that details your vision, sets your expectations, and that inspires them.   Length: Minimum 2 paragraphs

Take the MTBI Test (use the link below) and bring your printed results.

Write an essay (600 words minimum) on the following topic: Officership and Character as defined by L2L Chapter 9.  Incorporate keywords and subject matter as related to Officership, Moral Reasoning, and Character Formation.

Read “The New One Minute Manager” (use the link below). You will need to be familiar with the content to participate in one of the graded class assignments.

Homework before arrival:

    1. In your own words, explain, (based off L2L Chapter 4, page 30-31) the seven needs of teams and why they are critical to SNCOs. Minimum 400 words, double-spaced, legible.

   2. Read the CAPP 60-33 and have a working knowledge of chapters 1-5. Be able to demonstrate “command voice.”

USAF SNCO Charge at Promotion Ceremonies:

"In the United States Air Force, a Master Sergeant joins an elite group.  The term "Sergeant" is an ancient, honorable one that denotes a person possessing special skills, trust, and integrity.  All of you are now Master Sergeants, which means you have mastered the techniques and abilities required of noncommissioned officers.  As you progress to Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Master Sergeant, your title will change, but not the designation as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer.  You are afforded privileges not awarded to others, and you have freely accepted responsibility beyond the call of normal duty.  You have, by your actions and performance, earned the respect of your seniors and juniors.  As Master Sergeants, your entire way of life will change.  More will be expected of you; more will be demanded of you--not because you are a Master Sergeant, but because you are now a Senior NCO.  You have not merely been promoted one pay grade, you have joined an exclusive group--A group dedicated to taking care of those who follow in their footsteps.  As a member of this group, you have a responsibility to your fellow Senior NCO's even as they have a responsibility to you." 

*I am a Senior Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Air Force.
*I hold allegiance to my country, devotion to duty, and personal integrity above all.
*I wear my rank of authority with dignity, I promote the highest standards of conduct, appearance, and performance by setting the example.
*I seek no favors because of my rank.
*I am devoted to the concept of service rather than personal gain.
*I uphold the traditions of senior noncommissioned officers who precede me.
*I manage resources under my control with astute efficiency and lead the way with the highest level of competence.
*I always strive to merit the respect of my fellow senior noncommissioned officers and of all with whom I come in contact.

The CAPP 60-33 changes were added because NCO’s are or should be knowledgeable of those chapters and the emphasis on command voice to be brought to the forefront to improve drill overall, ie a Command voice should instill a “snap”, and a unit’s movement should be in sync…among other things to learn.

SNCO’s in all services are the top 3 ranks of the enlisted Corp’s. To get to the top 2, a SMSgt or Chief and the equivalents in other services,  means you are in the top 3% of the corps. Much is expected of and much is given by these leaders. The change to add working knowledge of CAPP 60-33 chapters 1-5 is because SNCO’s should be expert in drill. The SNCO’s are in leadership positions all the way up to squadron level formations with the First Sergeant forming the squadron for squadron drill.



*Read the attached copy of the USAF NCO creed thoroughly. Recite it to yourself or have someone read it aloud to you. Highlight portions that are meaningful or interesting to you. Consider taking notes.

 *Write a 5-paragraph essay over your personal thoughts about the creed.

Paragraph I: Introduction- introduce yourself to us, your instructors. Include any information that you would like for us to know about yourself and your CAP career. Additionally, include what you hope to learn and/or accomplish at this year's Fall NCOA.

 Paragraph II: Write in detail about an aspect of the NCO creed that stood out to you and why. (Ex. an aspect of the NCO's mission or his/her leadership that you find interesting.)

 Paragraph III: Select another aspect/trait that you, as an individual, find particularly challenging. Describe it and explain why it is a challenging standard for you to uphold.

 Paragraph IV: Describe what actions you will take during the NCOA weekend to sharpen your skills in the areas described in the second and third paragraph. Additionally, describe what you action you think you could take to sharpen those skills in other arenas, such as your home squadron, your school, or your job.

 Paragraph V: Explain why you believe the NCO creed was selected as the reading for this assignment. What else do you have to say about the creed? Close your essay in a way that flows well with the tone you used for your essay and end it in a way that feels natural to you.

Read CAPP 60-33 Chapters 1-4. Have a working knowledge of chapters 1-3 and understand how to properly execute commands using command voice.

Senior Non-commissioned
​Officer School ) SNCOA

C/MSgt - C/CMSgt

​Officer School ) NCOA

C/SSgt - C/MSgt

(C/SrA with Encampment Credit)

Cadet Command Staff College (CCSC)
​Region Cadet Leadership School - Part 2

C/Capt - C/Col

The Cadet Command Staff College is the last school in the CTEP progression. It takes cadets at the strategic level and teaches them the skills to plan and execute a wing level event such as an encampment. They begin with creating their vision and mission statement for their an encampment and then spend the weekend planning for an upcoming encampment. Many times the ideas that they come up with are implemented into an actual encampment. This school is also a requirement if cadets want the teach at CTEP in the future. 

Officer Training School (OTS)

Region Cadet Leadership School - Part 1

C/2d Lt - C/Capt

(C/CMSgt sitting time in grade for Mitchell - however, officers will be placed ahead of NCOs)

The Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy is designed to provide an environment based on the Learn to Lead curriculum. The mission of the school is to prepare Senior Non-Commissioned Officers for leadership positions within Civil Air Patrol as well as in the community. SNCOA focuses on professional communication (i.e. public speaking, writing, and business communication) as well as the human elements of leadership, practical Senior NCO skills, critical thinking, and the transition to officership. The goal of SNCOA is to enhance cadet training to encourage them to function mentally and physically on a much higher level than expected of them. This is done through physical activity, rigorous homework assignments, teaching tools, leadership forums, and classroom presentations. Prior to attending SNCOA students are expected to have a firm understanding and knowledge of the CAP Cadet Program, as well as the basics of public speaking and formal writing. 

The CTEP Leadership School is made up of four different cadet schools and one senior member school. The Cadet Training & Education Program is designed to take cadets as they progress through the program and give them both the knowledge and skills to lead cadets at their level of responsibility. The four schools are taught by cadets that have graduated the final school, the Cadet Command and Staff College. The Training Leaders of Cadets program (TLC) is a senior training activity that focuses on individuals who work with the Cadet Program. TLC students will receive credit for the Training Leaders of Cadets program. Each composite and cadet squadron is required to have at least two TLC seniors.

Important Information

Spring CTEP


See Homework Below

Officer Training School is the third school in the Cadet Training & Education Program as well as the first part of the Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS). OTS is a Texas Wing leadership school that introduces new cadet officers to their new role both at their local squadron and at activities (such as encampment). Students Learn how to effectively manage a small group of people, serve as a staff officer, and gather tools to help them effectively plan and manage their squadron meeting. The instruction given in class is coupled with team leadership projects and planning activities that provide cadets a way to apply what they have learned during their training.