By Captain Jay A. Sliwinski, CAP STAFF DUTY ANALYSIS: CAP’S RUBIX CUBE SENIOR MEMBER TRAINING What is SDA? Staff Duty Analysis Official answer from CAPP52-14 Improve critical think skills Improve communication skills Comprehend Leadership and Teamwork CAPP52-14 PAGE 1 What is SDA? Staff Duty Analysis My Answer To give the cadet officers a more global view of the squadron by learning how a variety of senior staff positions work and evaluating what they do. Teach cadet officers WHERE and HOW to find answers to their own questions. Different Phases of the Cadet Program It is important to understand the four phases of the cadet program and their training goals Phase 1: Learning Phase Achievement 1 – 3 Ends with Wright Brother’s Award Stresses “Followership” Phase 2: Leadership Phase Achievement 4 – 8 Ends with General Billy Mitchell Award Stresses Supervisory Leadership Phase 3: Command Phase Achievements 9 – 11 Ends with Amelia Earhart Award Stresses Junior Management Phase IV: Executive Phase Achievements 12 – 16 Ends with General Ira Eaker Award Stresses Upper Management Skills General Carl A. Spaatz Award Completion of the Cadet Program Comprehensive Leadership Test Comprehensive Aerospace Test Written Essay Physical Fitness Test Often transition to Senior Member Leadership Who Should Administer the SDA? It should be a team effort. “SDA Coordinator” should be a senior member who has studied the operation of the SDA program. Frequently a former CAP Cadet Officer Someone who understands how CAP Manuals and Regulations work. Does NOT have to be in the cadet chain-ofcommand Often will be the Deputy Commander for Cadets or Senior Member Leadership Officer Who Should Administer the SDA? It should be a team effort. “Job Specialist” A senior member who is currently or has worked in the job position the cadet is studying. Flight Commander (No Senior Counterpart) Administrations Officer / Personnel Officer Public Affairs Officer Leadership Officer Aerospace Education Officer Operations Officer Logistics Officer Cadet Commander (No Senior Counterpart) Two Facets To The SDA Staff Duty Report Staff Service CAPP52-14 PAGE 1 Staff Duty Report For each achievement as a cadet officer, they must complete a Staff Duty Report. Non-achievements that don’t require SDA: Amelia Earhart (Cadet Captain) Ira Eaker (Cadet Lt. Colonel) CAPP52-14 PAGE 1 SDA Reports By Achievement Phase III (C/2Lt – C/Capt) Achievement 9: C/2Lt Dead Rank Cadet Flight Commander Achievement 10: C/1st Lt Administrative Officer Achievement 11: C/1st Lt Dead Rank Public Affairs Officer CAPP52-14 PAGE 3 Materials Cadets will receive some materials from National on the SDA Process. It is quite confusing to sort out. CAP P 52-14 Staff Duty Analysis Guide Tools I will provide you SDA Phase III Checklist and Promotion Review SDA Phase IV Checklist and Promotion Review CAPP52-14 PAGE 1 CAPP 52-14: Instructions for Seniors: Intent of the SDA Program Exposure to Squadron Staff Not a memorization drill in policies / procedures. Not to train them to fulfill senior staff position Opportunity to learn to think critically, develop communication skills and improve their understanding of teamwork. CAPP52-14 PAGE 4 CAPP 52-14: Instructions for Seniors: Mentoring Duties Senior staff should explain how their duties relate to the overall mission of the squadron What leadership skills are essential for their job Create an environment where the cadet can ask questions. Demonstrate the skill then LET THE CADET DO IT! They learn by doing, not by watching. CAPP52-14 PAGE 4 CAPP 52-14: Instructions for Seniors: How to Evaluate the SDA Report National does not provide formal evaluation materials. Evaluated by Leadership Staff or Staff Officer 1. 2. 3. 4. Does the cadet answer the questions asked? Are the performance requirements completed? Are they in the cadet’s own words? Is the report neatly prepared? Doesn’t have to be a Doctoral Thesis, but should be grammatically correct. CAPP52-14 PAGE 4 Format of the SDA Report: Part A: Overview of Requirements: CAP Publications 2. Suspenses Required 3. Performance Requirements: 1. This will vary from SDA to SDA This is a little confusing in CAPP52-14 in Attach 1 The SDA Report items 1,2,3 etc are all part of section 3 of Part A. Format of the SDA Report: Part B: Narrative (300 – 500 words) What are the essential duties of the … officer? 2. How does the … officer help the squadron fulfill its mission? 3. How do … officers affect cadets or the overall Cadet Program? 4. What leadership skills to … officers need most to succeed? 1. Review and Evaluate Class will look at some examples of SDA Reports and evaluate them using SDA Checklist and Promotion Review Forms. Staff Service Required Once Per Phase During each phase, a cadet must service in a staff position that was studied in that phase. 4 – 6 weeks required. This allows the cadet the chance for an in-depth look at what that job does and assures they will learn more about the position than just the bookwork aspect. CAPP52-14 PAGE 3 Staff Service: Which to Pick The decision is up to the squadron commander. Often delegated to the Deputy Commander for Cadets (CDC). What is in the best interest of the cadet? Often they want to do “Flight Commander” Will this really expand their horizons, or enforce what they’ve always done. Pick one that is out of their comfort zone. They will learn more. CAPP52-14 PAGE 3 Staff Service: How to Evaluate? Not formally evaluated. Offer mentoring to the cadet. Use the following guidelines: Performance requirements completed? 2. Cadet was attentive to staff officers OJT? 3. Cadet actively assisted in completing routine tasks as opportunities arose. 1. CAPP52-14 PAGE 3 Checklist and Promotion Review Form To evaluate Staff Service, there are to sections to check. Each promotion worksheet has a list of what is required for the staff service at the bottom of the page. This only needs to be completed if that staff service is selected. The last page under Amelia Earhart or Ira Eaker lists common tasks for all Staff Services. Review and Evaluate Class will look at some examples of SDA Staff Services and evaluate them using SDA Checklist and Promotion Review Forms.