The goal of the Drill & Ceremonies School is to provide the participant a good foundation in the proper conduct of drill and ceremonies per AFMAN 36-2203. Cadets will focus on D&C at the basic and advanced levels to improve their ability to lead within the leadership laboratory of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Seniors will learn basic drill and focus on what they need to mentor cadets concerning D&C.
Comparing DCS to Encampment, you get as much drill in a weekend of DCS as in a week of Encampment. The difference is that at DCS the instructors teach drill absolutely to standard – a standard we haven’t yet reached in every flight at Encampment. DCS is an excellent school to both develop your leadership skills and prepare to excel in CAP and as an Encampment Cadre member.
DCS is conducted over a weekend, with about 21 hours of curriculum taught between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. All three programs are integrated into the schedule, taking advantage of the synchronicity gained by the different levels interacting. It’s normally taught twice a year, once each in Northern and Southern California. Graduates have gone on to be successful as flight and squadron staff at California Wing Encampment.