General Carl A. Spaatz was the First Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and first Chairman of the CAP National Board.
ATTENTION SENIOR MEMBER EXAM PROCTORS
A helpful diagram explains the exam process. Senior members appointed by their wing or region to proctor a Spaatz Exam for a cadet should contact Mr. Terry Raymond in CAP's National Operations Center for an access code to the exam software. If the cadet is taking the Learn to Lead version of the Leadership exam, please print off the appropriate exam from the sign in page.
HOW TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION
1. Pre-Requisite: Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
Be capable of reciting the Cadet Oath from memory
(see CAPR 52-16 chapter 5 paragraph 2 and chapter 1 paragraph 4).
2. Understand the Exam Process. A helpful diagram explains the exam process. You'll need to request permission from your unit commander and wing commander (copy to your wing director of cadet programs) to attempt the exam. As a practical matter, do not expect to attempt the exam for at least 2 weeks after you make your request. Even if the wing commander approves your request, he or she will need time to appoint a proctor and then the proctor will need time to coordinate with you regarding the date, time, and location of the exam.
3. Leadership: Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book leadership exam with a grade of 80% or higher, within a 60-minute time limit, based on Leadership for the 21st Century, volumes 1 and 2 or Learn to Lead, volumes 1 through 4; CAPM 39-1, CAP Uniform Manual; CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management, chapters 2 and 5 (April 2011 version); and the CAP Drill and Ceremonies Manual. After October 1, 2013, when all cadets must switch to the Learn to Lead textbooks, all cadets will take a Learn to Lead textbook-based Spaatz Examination.
4. Aerospace: Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book aerospace exam, with a 60-minute time limit, based on selected chapters of Aerospace: The Journey of Flight.
5. Character: An essay written from a selection of moral leadership topics. National Headquarters evaluates the essay’s grammar, organization, and content using this grading critique. Cadets have 60 minutes to complete the essay, and may use a dictionary or spell-check. It is graded pass or fail.
6. Activities: Participate actively.
7. Fitness: Pass the mile run or shuttle run, plus 2 of the 3 other events in the cadet physical fitness test, as shown below:
|Sit & Reach||28||29||29||30||33||34||36||40|
|Sit & Reach||31||32||34||36||38||41||39||40|
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 ||Uses empathy; recognizes how Core Values relate to new and unfamiliar|
|Values||situations; makes sound and timely decisions independently|
|Communication ||Articulate; succinct; persuasive; varies message to fit audience; proficient in|
|Skills||explaining complex issues|
|Sense of ||Completes large projects with little supervision; follows and sets a command|
|Interpersonal ||Actively develops and mentors cadet officers; adapts leadership style to fit|
|Skills||situation; calm under pressure|
|Critical ||Sets long-term goals for the unit; imaginative and visionary; recognizes|
|Thinking||unit’s long-term needs; mentally agile when faced with unfamiliar problems|
|Delegation ||Directs multiple teams and manages multiple tasks; assigns people to right|
|Skills||jobs; delegates well and enables others to take charge|
Cadet Executive Officer/Deputy Commander
“Note Regarding Membership Rules: To attempt the Spaatz Award exam, cadets must be current members. If a cadet’s membership is about to lapse, the cadet should be sure to renew at least 72 hours before attempting the exam, otherwise the exam software may deny access to the exam materials.”
NHQ must receive either your completed CAPF 52-4 or your Squadron Commander can approve the promotion through the online promotion system.
For administrative questions regarding the Spaatz Award, please contact Sharon Jackson.