CAP's Air Force-funded Cadet Program mission includes a character development element. One of the aims of that program element is to promote the drug-free ethic among cadets, in recognition of the fact that adolescents are particularly susceptible to the dangers of legal and illegal drugs. A further aim is to use cadets as ambassadors of the drug-free lifestyle, especially by their promoting that lifestyle to non-cadet youth.
CAP DDR Support to the Air Force Family
Per the approval of the CAP National Commander, CAP has volunteered to help promote the drug-free message to the "Air Force family” (family members of Air Force personnel, both inside and outside of CAP units). This support to the Air Force is implemented through a partnership between CAP, CAP-USAF and the Air Force Surgeon General (AF/SG), as explained in AFI 44-120, Military Drug Demand Reduction Program. AF/SG funding is limited to supporting CAP units located within a 75-mile radius of an Active, Guard or Reserve Air Force installation. This limitation provides for the most effective use of these funds, providing a majority of CAP units access to the funds, while keeping activities in areas with a preponderance of Air Force families.
CAP's DDR Program Supports all CAP Cadet Units
Since 1994, the AF/SG has made funding available to support CAP DDR activities, both internal activities and community outreach activities. It is important to remember that AF/SG funding augments the CAP DDR program; it does not constitute the entire program. Put another way, were AF/SG funding to evaporate, CAP would continue to promote the drug-free lifestyle as part of the Cadet Program’s character element. Further, the Air Force provides funding for the development of educational products, programs and activities for the Cadet Program at large, which includes DDR. Therefore, the DDR message is available to reach all cadet and composite squadrons no matter where they are located.
The Civil Air Patrol Drug Demand Reduction Program assists units at all levels to instill an aggressive, positive, drug-free attitude in CAP members, Air Force families, DoD civilians and school-age children through a comprehensive program that:
- Promotes CAP as a positive community service lifestyle.
- Encourages youth to remain in school.
- Focuses on drug abuse awareness, education and prevention.
- Provides positive activities as an alternative to drugs and gang violence.
The following links are video demonstrations of how to properly perform the fitness test exercises. Special thanks to Coral Springs Cadet Squadron for assisting in the making of these clips. For more information on the Cadet Programs Physical Fitness Program, review CAPP 52-18
Squadron Physical Fitness Award
National headquarters will recognize squadrons that make physical fitness a cornerstone of their Cadet program The Squadron Physical Fitness Award is a voluntary program open to every cadet unit twice per year. This program is governed by CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management
In May and/or November, simply administer the CPFT. If 70% of the cadets in your squadron can perform at the 50% percentile of the PCPFS survey (or higher) for their age and gender, your unit qualifies for the award. The requirement of the gold, silver, and bronze are shown below. The award program itself is simple, but fulfilling the standards will be a challenge.
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Test PeriodsIn May and/or November, conduct the CPFT as you normally would.
Award RequirementsAt least 70% of the total cadet membership must meet or surpass the award standards to earn an award at any level. Total membership means the number of cadets who are official CAP members on the first day of May or November, according to the HQ CAP database. For example, for a squadron with 30 cadets on the membership rolls, 21 (70%) must meet the award standards. If only 25 cadets happen to test, 21 still need to pass.
How do you know what the 50 th , 60 th , or 70 th percentile’s standards are? Simply refer to Attachment 3. The requirements for the Mitchell Award correspond to the 50 th percentile, the Earhart Award corresponds to the 60 thpercentile, and the Eaker Award corresponds to the 70 th percentile. Remember that a cadet’s CAP grade is irrelevant as far as the Squadron Physical Fitness Award is concerned.
To apply for the Squadron Physical Fitness Award, download an application by visiting www.capmembers.c
om and clicking "Cadet Programs” and "Physical Fitness Awards”. Award applications are due by 15 June (for the May test) and 15 December (for the November test). Follow the on-line instructions to submit completed award applications electronically.