Teens & Parents - Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program
Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
CAP is a volunteer, non-profit organization that also serves as the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. Our three missions are to develop youth through a cadet program, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform live-saving humanitarian missions.
The program accepts new cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. It is a year-round program with weekly meetings at a local CAP squadron and additional activities on weekends or during the summer. CAP is not a military or boarding school, but a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life.
To fulfill its goal of developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the Cadet Program is developed around five program elements: Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities
. As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way
Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel, as well as air crews, ground team members and communications personnel are needed to help support CAP emergency services
CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program
provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders.
CAP needs adults for its aerospace education
program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country. Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know the how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.
Essentially, there is a place for any interested adult to join and help CAP.
Membership Application Process
Membership in CAP is a commitment. Come visit the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron. Prospective members must attend at least three meetings to help ensure that CAP is a good fit for you. We can provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), and inform you of the amount of annual dues.
You can also download the membership applications here: SENIOR CADET
Bring the completed and signed application, proof of citizenship (choose one as noted on the application),and a check made payable to 'Civil Air Patrol NHQ' for the annual dues amount to the squadron. The squadron commander will review the application, sign and mail.
New for cadets only, click here for Cadet online membership application
(preferred method). NOTE: Online applications must be approved by the Unit Commander, and the parent or guardian, so be sure to meet with the Unit Commander before you apply.
CAP provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and ensures that educational, membership and operational decisions are based on each individual’s abilities and qualifications. Consistent with this practice and applicable laws, it is CAP policy
not to discriminate in offering access to its programs and activities, or with respect to membership terms and conditions,
on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability. This policy ensures that
only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and
performance are applied. See also FLWG E
qual Opportunity Operating Instruction.