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WWII Office of Civilian Defense Civil Air Patrol GM-88.pdf

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Aviation Cadet Recruitment for the Army Air Forces


June 9, 1943

All gAP Unit Commanders

i. Civil Air Patrol has been asked to place the facilities of its
organization behind the recruitment of aviation cadets now needed in large numbers
by the Army Air Forces for air crew training as pilots, 5ambar~ier~, and nawgators.
This is the flrs5 large-scale assignment which has come to CAP since its transfer
t o t h e Wa r D e p a r t m e n t a n d i t i s a s i m p o r t s / i t a j o b a s w e e v e r h a v e d o n e . I m m e d i a t e
action is requested.
2. First read the attached pamphlet on aviation cadet training and
note that young men from 18 to 26 inclusive may apply through voluntez.y induction
while those who are 17 may apply for enlistment in the Air Corps enlisted reserve,
provided they meet the high physical and mental standards.
3. Our job is simply %o g~t as ma~v qualified men as possible to apply
for examination by an Aviation Gads% Examining Board. Attached is a list of the
a d d r e s s e s o f t h e s e B o a r d s t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o u n t r y.
4. Each Wing Commander will coordinate CAP's recruitment program in
his State. He should get in -immediate touch with the Air Liaison Officer attached
t o t h e S e r v i c e C o m m a n d ; t h e n w i t h a l l t h e E x a m i n i n ~ H o a r d s i n h i s S t a t e o r, i f
necessary with those in neighboring States which may be in closer proximity to some
o f h i s S q u a d r o n s . Te l l t h e B o a r d s w h e r e t h e C A P u n i t e a r e l o c a t e d a n d a d v i s e
readiness to follow instructions of the Boards.
5. Familiarize every CAP member and CAP cadet with the requirements so
they can tell the story to young men of their acquaintance. In cities where
Boards are established, work directly with them. In other cities, make it known
that the local CAP unit will interview prospective candidates and give them advice.
CAP Medical Officers and local doctors can help by checking physical requil-emente
to weed out those who cannot qualify so the Boards will not be burdened with applicants they will have to turn down. Help may be given both in correcting physical
defects ~id in preparing candidates for the mental tests. Find out how the Boards
~work so that the candidates can go at the proper times.
6. Intelligence Officers may place news stories in the local papers
and get the help of local concerns in placing institutional adwrtising_ or radio
announcements which will tell the young men wh~re to ~o for advice -- to the
E x m m l n i n g B o a r d o r t o t h e l o c a l C A P. E a c h u n i t c o m m a n d e r v ~ i l l s e e t h a t h i s
Intelligence Officer dccs this. If the officer is temporarily absent, appoint a
d e p u t y. I f h e i s i n a c t i v e , r e p l a c e h i m b y s o m e o n e ~ h o w i l l d o t h e w o r k . A e r i a l
exhibitions and field events may be helpful in attracting applicants. But first
stLrvey the lists of CAP members and cadets within the required ages.
7. Units in the metropolitan areas are cautioned against attracting
more applicants than local CAP offices can handle. Conduct the program in such
a way that it can bc terminated when the Boards ~;ith which you arc working have
e n o u g h a p p l i c a n t s . K e e p a n a c c u r a t e c o u n t o n a l l a p / J / i c a n t s i ~ t e r v i e ~ v e d . Wa t c h
the weekly CAP Bulletin for further znstructions~ S~4-4n-----

Under separate cover: pamphlet and list of
Examinir~ Boards

EAE/Z L. g
Natlonal Commander