Cadet Programs

The Cadet Program provides motivated youth with leadership, aerospace, physical and character development training. It is a unique opportunity to acquire the skills they will need in their adult life. The Cadet Program is run by the cadets with trained, engaged adult supervision. The cadet program includes a wide variety of opportunities in aerospace, communications, emergency services and other fields, as well as the opportunity to compete for college and aviation scholarships. Cadets enjoy working with other like-minded youth, and strong friendships are formed. 

The Cadet program is organized on a military model: uniforms, customs and courtesies, chain of command, and promotions through the grades. There is no obligation to serve in the military, however, and while many cadets do choose a military path, others do not.  Being a CAP Cadet allows youth to experience aspects of the military that help develop self-discipline, character and leadership, all without any future commitments to serve.

While there are many youth-oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Whatever your interests -survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program or assist at major air shows throughout the nation.  CAP will give you opportunities unlike any other organization, including the chance to make friends with people who think like you do and share your interests.

Learn more here: Cadet Programs

 

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