Today's Cadets . . . Tomorrow's Aerospace Leaders
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. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
The Cadet Program is a comprehensive program for youth (12-
1. The Learning Phase, introduces cadets to the CAP program, and cadets who pass all requirements receive the Wright Brothers award.
2. The Leadership Phase, begins placing more responsibility on cadets as leaders of newer cadets. Cadets who complete The Leadership Phase receive their Mitchell Award and are eligible for advanced promotion upon enlisting in the military.
3. The Command Phase, places cadets directly in command of other cadets, allowing cadets to accomplish tasks through their staff members for the first time. Cadets who complete The Command Phase are awarded the Earhart Award.
4. The Executive Phase is the last phase of the cadet program, and focuses cadets on the operations of an entire unit. Cadets completing the command phase are awarded the Eaker Award and may be awarded the Spaatz Award upon passing an extensive cumulative test.
As cadets progress through the program, they are placed in charge of lower-ranking cadets. Cadets aren't given full reign over the others but instead are expected to instruct classes and mentor each other.
"I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation."