Aerospace Education Officer

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CIVIL AIR PATROL / Clearwater Composite Squadron, SER-FL-447


The Civil Air Patrol seeks volunteers with an interest in assisting our units in Aerospace Education.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. In its Air Force Auxiliary role, CAP performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP's Cadet Program. Visit for more information.

The Civil Air Patrol- Group 3 has fourteen units in the Tampa Bay area. Our units are dedicated to assisting our local community through a myriad of emergency services and operational missions. We also focus on teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. A variety of other positions are available as well.

The Aerospace Education Officer (AEO) at the technician level is expected to:

  • Possess a basic knowledge of the Aerospace Education Programs.
  • Know the duties and tasks associated with CAP’s squadron and group AEO and assistant AEO positions.
  • Implement aerospace education programs for cadets and senior members at the squadron level and promote AE in local schools.
  • Develop into a highly motivated and trained AEO who will conduct and promote effective internal and external aerospace education programs.

Knowledge, Performance, & Service Requirements

Knowledge Requirements:

To complete the technician rating in the AEO Specialty Track, the member must:

  • Explain the appointment process for the specialty track.
  • Describe the knowledge, performance and service requirements of the 215 Specialty Track.
  • Review AE programs and products, including AE STEM Kits, provided by National Headquarters with the trainer/mentor.
  • Define the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) hands-on award program and how to implement it in squadrons and schools.
  • Outline the selection and recruitment procedures of Aerospace Education

Explain the difference between earned and nominated awards.

  • Demonstrate knowledge about formulating budgets, obtaining grants, and funding of AE activities.
  • Describe the preparation of an online AE Plan of Action (AE POA) for a squadron.
  • Describe the preparation of an online annual AE Activity Report for a squadron.
  • Describe the subordinate unit inspection (SUI) process for a squadron.
  • Successfully complete the online technician level test in eServices Learning Management System.

Performance Requirements

  • Compile an AE Notebook, in either a paper notebook or digital format, based on the below listed topics:
  1. Appointment of AEOs
  1. AEO Specialty Track
  1. AE/STEM Programs and Products
  1. AEX
  1. AEMs, ACE and Top Flight
  1. AE Awards
  1. Budget, Grants and Funding
  1. AE POA
  1. AE Activity Report
  1. Inspection Preparation


  • Age 18 or older.
  • Aerospace background preferred.
  • Strong writing, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol and comply with all internal regulations and procedures.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service and working with youth.


  • Access to leadership training and opportunities.
  • Formal recognition of training, qualification, and experience through CAP's AE Specialty Track.
  • Training and mentoring available from Wing, Region, and National members.
  • Networking and training at Wing, Region, and National Conferences.

In addition to position-specific duties, all members are encouraged to participate in Civil Air Patrol’s Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Program missions. A wide variety of Emergency Services and other training opportunities are available if desired, though participation is not required.

To apply, please email a letter of interest to S/M Craig Hormes at with the subject line "CAP-AE".

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1000 N Hercules AveClearwater, FL 33765



  • Mentoring
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Youth Services
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • History
  • STEM


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Meeting Times: Thursdays Weekly - 7pmEST

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