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Presented 30 Jan 09 before Florida Wing Chaplain Corps on the role of the Character Development Instruction Officer.

Presented 30 Jan 09 before Florida Wing Chaplain Corps on the role of the Character Development Instruction Officer.



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    Civil Air Patrol - Florida Wing Conference 2009 Civil Air Patrol - Florida Wing Conference 2009 Presentation Transcript

    • 2009 Florida Wing Conference United States Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol 1Lt. Robert E. Maxey, Jr. The CAP Character Development Instructor
    • Am I a CDO now?
      • There is confusion in the wake of the change as to what former Moral Leadership Officers (MLOs) are called.
      • Contrary to the information in the currently available in published CAP regulations and the CAP Knowledgebase, there is one, and only one, correct answer:
      • Character Development Instruction Officer (CDIO)
    • The Character Development Instruction Officer
      • There are two categories of membership in the Chaplain Service:
        • Chaplain, fully qualified member of the clergy
        • Character Development Instruction Officer, highly qualified senior member of the Civil Air Patrol
    • Qualification Standards
      • Must meet normal senior membership requirements
      • Two Years of college (60 Credit hours)
      • Letter of recommendation from their church pastor or equivalent religious official
      • Complete an interview with the wing chaplain
      • Provide evidence of at least two years of practical group leadership and/or teaching experience
    • General Duties
      • The primary responsibility of a CDIO is to present Character Development lessons, taken from Values for Living to cadets
      • If a unit has both a Chaplain and CDIO, the CDIO reports to the Chaplain for purposes of developing the teaching schedule.
      • All CDIOs should be under the guidance and supervision of a chaplain. The Wing Chaplain should assign a mentoring chaplain to provide guidance and supervision.
    • Emergency Services Duties
      • Force Multiplier – The Mission Chaplain can use CDIOs in the same manner as a pilot uses the rest of the air crew in CRM.
      • Properly trained, a CDIO can assist the chaplain with post-trauma care.
      • May assist with debriefing trauma survivors and with supporting fellow rescue workers.
    • Next of Kin Notification
      • Is that a duty of a chaplain or CDIO?
      • What if you’re asked to assist?
    • Worship Services
      • May assist chaplain in conducting worship services.
      • In the absence of a chaplain, CDIOs may conduct worship services subject to restrictions from their denomination.
      • May assist with military or military-style funerals.
      • May open squadron meetings in non-denominational prayer
    • Restrictions
      • Do not use the Chaplain title
      • Do not wear Chaplain insignia
      • Confidentiality – Chaplains, by virtue of their status as clergy, are covered by a legal privilege of confidentiality. CDIOs are not.
        • May NOT conduct confidential religious interviews with senior members, this is for chaplains exclusively.
        • May offer advice and counsel on matters of ethics and morals to all senior and cadet members of the unit. Must be under supervision of a CAP chaplain.
      • CDIOs may not be the sole Chaplain Service coverage for encampments or other special activities.
    • The Foundation of Beliefs
      • The CDIO is critical in helping cadets develop and understand their basic system of values.
      • As youth grow and mature, they change from a point of accepting others’ values into one where they think about, discuss their values with others, and applying those values to their life situations.
      • Making this transition is difficult and the Character Development programs that you present help them to understand how to develop and use their beliefs effectively.
    • Statistical Reporting
      • Form 34 – This is the form to report your activities and expenses. This form serves two primary purposes:
        • Statistical reporting to obtain budget justification. These reports are consolidated in upper echelons for reporting to Congress.
        • Total Quality Ministry
    • Harassment
      • Sexual Abuse
      • Physical Abuse
      • Hazing
      • Any of these should be reported immediately. There is no room for this kind of behavior and no time for being timid about it.
    • In Review
      • Highly qualified individual with an Associates degree (or equivalent) and experience in leadership and/or teaching.
      • Character Development Instruction Officer
      • Part of a great ministry and opportunity for guiding the future leaders of our country