Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

​​​​​BETHESDA-CHEVY  CHASE  COMPOSITE  SQUADRON 

Basic Training Cycle


The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron Basic Training Cycle is an 8-week introductory program for new members, intended to orient them to the Cadet Program and guide them through to their first promotion. Prior to entering the Basic Training Cycle, new members participate in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP).  During this program, which spans 3 weeks, cadets are introduced to our squadron and Civil Air Patrol.  Throughout the course of the 3 required meetings, new members decide whether this program is something that would suit them and their goals.  After completion of DEP, new members are eligible to join Civil Air Patrol. 


When members join, our squadron wants to make sure they are successful. Therefore, we try to give them a cursory look at all aspects of cadet life to include proper wear of the uniform, customs and courtesies, basic drill and ceremonies, and steps to promotion. Cadets are also exposed to the 3 Civil Air Patrol Missions: Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. 


As part of the Basic Training Cycle, cadets are given a workbook and handouts that accompany the lessons, which are meant to assist them in completing the program. Resources used in the Basic Training Program are also included below. Click on the hyperlinks included on the schedule to download associated lesson plans and handouts. 





Sample Basic Training Cycle Schedule(Note: Times subject to change depending on other squadron activities, however lessons will remain the same.: 

Week 1

1900-1910 Opening Formation


1910-1925 BTC Expectations Brief


1925-1935 Classroom Etiquette Brief


1935-1955 BDU Uniform Course


1955-2015 Basic Stationary Drill

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Customs and Courtesies Course

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Safety Brief

2120-2130 Closing Formation

Week 2

1900-1930 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection, Teaching Inspection Drill

1930-1950 Steps to Promotion Brief

1950-2015 How to Use E-Services Brief

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2040 How to Take Online Tests Brief

2040-2110 Basic Stationary Drill

2110-2120 Announcements


2120-2130 Closing Formation

Week 3

1900-1915 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection

1915-1945 Stationary and Marching Drill

1945-2015 Chain of Command Course

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Stationary and Marching Drill Continued

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Scheduled Speeches and Motivation

2120-2130 Closing Formation
Week 4

1900-1915 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection

1915-1945 Stationary and Marching Drill

1945-2015 Leadership Course

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Cadet Wingman Course

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Closing Formation

2120-2130 Alpha Flight Promotions

Week 5

1900-1915 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection

1915-1955 Stationary and Marching Drill Review

1955-2015 Workbook Catch Up

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Achievement 1 Curry Drill Test

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Safety Brief2120-2130 Closing Formation
Week 6

1900-1915 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection

1915-40 Physical Training Orientation

1940-2015 Physical Fitness Testing

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Introduction to Aerospace Course

2110-2120 Announcements2120-2130 Closing Formation

Week 7

1900-1915 Opening Formation and Uniform Inspection

1915-1935 Blues Uniform Course

1935-2000 Introduction to Cadet Programs Course

2000-2015 Memory Work Practice

2015-2025 Break/ Check Workbooks

2025-2100 Introduction to Emergency Services Course

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Scheduled Speeches and Motivation

2120-2130 Closing Formation

Week 8

1900-1920 Opening Formation and In-depth Uniform Inspection

1920-1935 Review Board Procedure Brief

1935-1950 Promotion Procedure Brief

1950-2015 Cadet Goal Discussion

2015-2025 Break/Final Workbook Check

2025-2100 Promotion Review Boards

2100-2110 Announcements

2110-2120 Closing Formation

2120-2130 BTC Promotions