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I was a CAP cadet in the late 70’s back where I grew up in Maryland. At the time, there was no such thing as NCO’s in the Senior Member program. Well, I’m thinking about looking into the CAP again as a Senior Member. CAP officer or NCO, which route to go through?
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Posted 3 mo ago
There is literally no real difference between being an Officer or NCO in CAP, beyond what you wear on your shirt and a few different paperwork things that would be different. It was something brought on by some grumpy former NCOs who didn't want to "wear rank they didn't earn" so it was brought back, but really serves no actual purpose. If you're going to volunteer, just go the Officer route. Source: I've been a CAP Professional Development Officer, who was asked to be one of the first to switch to the NCO side, and I eventually switched Wings and went back to the Officer side because it was just a waste of time tbh. Plus, if you ever wanted to be in a Command position, you'd have to switch to the Officer side anyway.
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