About the Cadet Program

Do you want to fly? Do you want to honor and serve America? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.You’ll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy:
• Flying                                            
• Leadership Training
• Obstacle Courses                      
• Model Rocketry
• Team building                                                            
• Hiking & Camping
• Earning Rank & Awards
• Search & Rescue
• Exploring Aviation Careers
• Making Friends                                                                                                                                                       
You must be at least 12 but not yet 19 to join as a cadet. CAP also offers opportunities for adults. On average, cadets
meet one night a week for 2 hours and enjoy special events on weekends. In summer, you can attend a week-long camp. Annual dues and uniform expenses will total about $100. Other fees may be required for weekend and summer events. As a cadet, you are never obligated to join the military, but 10% of all Air Force Academy cadets got their start in CAP. 

Benefits of Cadet Life:
• Develop leadership skills
• Test-fly potential careers
• Solidify your moral values
• Succeed in school

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is tasked with producing dynamic young Americans and Aerospace Leaders. We offer young men and women of ages 12-18 (may remain a cadet until 21st birthday) the challenge of a lifetime, through a program based on leadership training, flight training, search and rescue, and aerospace education. Cadets advance through the CAP Cadet Program by completing written tests and practical exams in leadership, physical fitness, and aerospace education, in addition to the ethical foundation set for them in our Moral Leadership program. As cadets advance in grade and rank they earn greater responsibility, and the rewards are commensurate with this advancement. All cadets begin as a Cadet Basic, and can promote as high as Cadet Colonel, given enough time and commitment on their part.
Leadership training in CAP is ongoing, in the form of Drill and Ceremonies, Teaching Techniques and Conflict Management, to name a few examples. What sets CAP's Leadership training apart from others, is that our cadets learn leadership through practical application and specially designed schools, which mirror Air Force Leadership Schools in nearly every way. Some of the school increments are Basic Cadet School, Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer School, and Cadet Officer Basic Course.

CAP cadets are also eligible for many scholarships that range from $500.00 to $5,000.00, or more. Many cadets find that membership in CAP made the difference in their successful nomination to the United States Air Force Academy, or other service academy. 

Among other benefits, CAP cadets are also eligible for national and international activities, such as International Air Cadet Exchange, Hawk Mountain Ranger School and National Ground Search and Rescue School. Along with all of these great opportunities, CAP Cadets who decide to enlist in the Air Force, and who have received the General Billy Mitchell Award, receive advanced pay grade (E-3) after Air Force Basic Training.

Without a doubt the most popular program in CAP for the cadets is the Flight Training Program offered at the squadron and national levels. CAP cadets are eligible for both powered and glider orientation flights, plus opportunities for ground school and flight training scholarships. CAP cadets can solo and even become private pilots in this manner. National special activities specifically for flight training include our National Flight Academy Glider/Powered, Jacksonville Airline Academy, Aviation Challenge, and Space Camp.

The possibilities are endless, come and see why the CAP Cadet Program is truly "America's best-kept secret!"

This link  provides a list of national special activities that span a wide range of interests, dates, cost, and prerequisites - http://www.ncsas.com/
*NOTE:Cadets must attend a Basic Encampment before they will be eligible to attend national encampments and special activities.  Basic Encampments are offered throughout the United States, and a cadet may attend any of them.