Civil Air Patrol

CAP teaches discipline at a young age

“As you were!” barked 18-year-old Glen Harris. Three cadets, approximately 14 years old went back to. Sitting and talking at a table in the recreation room at McCormick Elementary School.

The cadets are members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in Rosedale’s squadron. The Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force maintain a civilian-military relationship which is based on CAP being the Air Force’s auxiliary. There are 28 squadrons in Maryland divided into five groups in a wing. There are 5 wings, or, one for each state.

Civil Air Patrol, however militarily disciplined, is formed of children and teens from 12 to 21 years of age or for as long as the member is a student.

“Civil Air Patrol has three missions in life,” said 1st. Lt. Paul Belbot. “The first is search and’ rescue”. If an airplane gets lest, the Air Force has prime concern to find it. We do the same thing, only a lot cheaper.

“The second mission,” Lt. Belbot continued, “is aerospace education. We are committed to aviation. We assume responsibility to educate the public. Our future is in the air.”

The final mission for CAP is the cadet program, Lt. Belbot explained the goal of CAP is to, “take young men and women and instill into them leadership and public service.

“After the cadet is finished his service, at the age of 18, then he or she can go into the CAP as a senior member,” Belbot said.”The entire program is really a good opportunity to travel, but it does take a lot of home study.”

 

There are 22 cadets in the Rosedale squadron, with approximately 20 senior members. The cadets meet on Thursday nights, at McCormick Elementary.

Lt. Belbot, who. is the squadron commander, is responsible for anything that involves the squadron. His daughter Elizabeth, is responsible for his involvement in the squadron.

“Elizabeth started me in CAP and got her brother in too. Now we are working on my wife,” LT. Belbot said with a laugh.

At 15, Elizabeth has been with the Rosedale squadron since she was 13 and is now ranking cadet commander, the superior position in the cadet program.

“I’ve really learned a lot of self-discipline, survival skills, how to work with other people. I’ve learned to treat others as equals.” Ms. elbotsaid.”’Basically, aerospace Is leadership, responsibility, camping skills, first aid and drill movements. “

“My aunt was in it and she got me into it. I love it.” The Wilson Point Road resident said. “My interests in in lead to my father’s interest in it.”

Cadet Chris Gottlieb, 17, has been a member for six months. The Overlea High School junior displayed his military training with each “yes Ma’am”, “no Ma’am” and erect posture. He wears the CAP uniform, which is similar to that of the Air Force, though substituted with CAP insignia.

“I have learned a great deal about aeronautics and leadership in Civil Air Patrol.” Gottlieb said. “I’m also a Boy Scout of about 10 years so. I have a certificate of life saving and CPR.”

“As long as I’m eligible, I want to. stay in the cadets and proceed as an officer. If I’m allowed to fly, I’ll go. into. the Air Force as an officer after college.”

Gottlieb hopes to administer his CAP training to the Air Force academy or a technical college to major in aeronautic technology.

“I have learned my place in society. I know where I stand and basically, I’ve learned discipline. My grades have certainly improved.

Lee Brown, director of CAP Public Relations for the state of Maryland, described how CAP has affected him.

“When you see the job the people do, it’s incredible. They really deserve all the attention they get. They get no pay, no public prestige … the cadets will take an important job and they will do it. It’s a lot of responsibility for someone that age. The rest of their peers are probably in some arcade pumping quarters into a video-machine. What are they learning?’

“That goes for seniors members, too. They put hours and hours in every week and they don’t get paid anything. They even put out money. So far, I’ve laid out $300 worth of uniforms.”

Glen Harris walked back into the gymnasium at McCormick. Calling a cadet to attention, he said, “that cadet needs some discipline.” Does he have the necessary requirements to instill it?”

“Yes.” Said Harris, “Once I developed the ability to lead people, it comes as a natural occurance. Right now, I am going through applications for the U.S. Naval Academy and Marine Corp Platoon Leadership School. My ultimate goal is to become a military officer. I have the charactristics of being a good one, too. found that out because of Civil Air Patrol.”

 

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By: DEBRA SCHMIDT

Date and newspaper of publication unknown

 

Estimated year: 1982