Cadet Programs Resources
This page is meant as a starting place for Senior Members and Cadet Cadre working with Cadet Programs. Below are several areas that encompass the Cadet Programs Curriculum.
*Don’t forget the additional resources that cadets use located under the Cadet link on our site.
If you are assuming a new role within CAP, please take a moment to review the Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) worksheet for your role to learn the area expectations.
Senior Member Staffing of the Squadron-Level Cadet Program:
Each of these areas have additional regulations and guidance available.
Deputy Commander For Cadets (DCC)
Aerospace Officer (Assistant DCC)
Leadership Officer (Assistant DCC)
Fitness Officer (Assistant DCC)
Character Development Instructor / Chaplain
Recruiting & Retention Officer
Cadet Programs Officers Are Youth Development Professionals:
Like adult staff in other after school and youth-serving organizations, the Cadet Programs Officer is CAP’s version of a youth development professional. They are not mere chaperones but are educators and role models, trusted adults who enable cadets to grow and succeed through CAP’s carefully-designed Cadet Program. Survey after survey, cadets say that the #1 factor affecting cadet life is their having access to well-trained, highly-committed adult leaders.
In relation to cadets, CP Officers are authority figures. They are entrusted with the responsibility of acting in loco parentis, in the place of the parent. Accordingly, they do not permit their relationships with cadets to deteriorate into peer-to-peer relationships.
Cadet Programs Publications
Regulations (R), Pamphlets (P) and Forms (F)
To ensure you are obtaining the most up-to-date publications,
click on the “Civil Air Patrol National Publication Library” link.
Links on the left side menu of this page will guide you
to the publication(s) you wish to review:
The most frequently referenced CAPR (Regulations), CAPP (Pamphlets) and CAPF (Forms) for Cadet Programs are listed below. This is NOT an exclusive list of resources.
Cadet Programs Regulations, Pamphlets, Manuals, and Forms:
CADET PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
CAPR 60-1: Cadet Program Management
CAPR 60-2: Cadet Protection Policy
CAPP 60-11: Cadet Program Officer’s Handbook & Specialty Track Guide
SLIDESHOW: How the Leadership Expectations Help Cadets Grow
CAPF 60-91: Cadet Leadership Feedback Form – Phase I
CAPF 60-92: Cadet Leadership Feedback Form – Phase II
CAPF 60-93: Cadet Leadership Feedback Form – Phase III
CAPF 60-94: Cadet Leadership Feedback Form – Phase IV
MEMBERSHIP AND TERMINATION GUIDANCE
CP Officers need to be familiar with the following regulations:
CAPR 39-2: Civil Air Patrol Membership
Note 1: Online applications MUST be printed prior to application approval to be filed. Once approved, the unit will no longer have access to application information.
Note 2: Although this regulation states that the Unit Commander can determine if a unit membership board is required for cadet applicants, GRP2/CC has directed that unit membership boards be held for both cadets and senior members. All relevant notes regarding the board should be properly documented and maintained for inspection.
CAPR 35-3: Membership Termination
Mandatory SM Training
Cadet Protection Policy (CPP) Training Resources:
As part of CAP’s commitment to keeping cadets safe from the risk of abuse, both adults and cadets are required to satisfactorily complete Cadet Protection Policy (CPP) training. Click the link below to access the training resources:
Cadet Wingman Course
(A classroom lesson to be taught to all new Cadets prior to their first promotion.)
Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC):
As soon as practical, all adult members who will teach or interact with Cadets on a regular basis need to complete TLC Basic. Ideally, all Senior Members in a Squadron will complete, at a minimum, the TLC Basic course. Cadet Program Officers leading a Squadron Cadet Program should also complete TLC Intermediate. Cadet Program Officers whose roles include leadership positions above the Squadron level should complete TLC Advanced.
Highly Recommended Training / Guidance
Cadet Great Start:
How to hold an Open House, recruit new cadets, and jump-start their CAP careers.
Four Main Program Elements
CAP develops young people into leaders. Through classroom instruction, self-paced study, and a laboratory of hands-on learning, cadets develop leadership skills. New cadets first learn to follow, while advanced cadets learn to lead the team. Cadet officers take great pride in having a sense of ownership over their program as they mentor junior cadets. Air Force traditions such as the uniform, the salute, and drill and ceremonies challenge cadets to emulate the professionalism of Air Force officers.
See the Cadet Leadership page for resources:
CAP inspires in youth a love of aviation, space, and technology. Through classroom instruction, self-paced study, and hands-on projects, cadets learn about the science that makes flight possible. Best of all, through orientation flights in CAP aircraft, cadets experience first hand the thrill of aviation. Cadets also have opportunities to explore aerospace careers through field trips, encampments, and national cadet special activities.
CAPR 280-2: Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Mission
CAPP 15: Aerospace Education Officers’ Handbook
CAPP 60-40: Cadet Orientation Flight Program Guide (including flight syllabi)
CAP encourages cadets to develop a life long habit of regular exercise. The Cadet Program promotes fitness through calisthenics, hiking, rappelling, volleyball, and more. At a time when many youth are obese, cadets discover the connection between staying fit and having the energy needed to achieve their goals. Their commitment to fitness is measured through a performance test modeled on “The President’s Challenge.”
Character Development (Rev. 1 Jan 2019):
CAP challenges cadets to live their Core Values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect. Through character development forums, cadets wrestle with ethical issues relevant to teens, with the overall goal being that they develop moral reasoning skills. Mentoring programs connect new cadets to experienced cadets, CAP senior members, and Air Force Reservists. Finally, through Drug Demand Reduction activities, CAP challenges cadets to be ambassadors of a drug-free lifestyle.
2019 New Character Development Program Announcement
Instructor / Facilitator Training Course
- There is a link at the end of the training to download a leader’s guide.
- Please be sure to complete the facilitator training before you teach your first lesson and have your Phase 3 cadet assistants complete the training as well.
- For the best results, be sure to go over the lesson with your Phase 3 cadet assistants before you present it in the squadron meeting.
How to Access the New Values for Living 2.0 Character Development Curriculum
** NEW AS OF JUNE 2019 **
The Character Development Lesson Plans have moved to the new AXIS Learning Management System inside eServices.
NOTE: Unless you are a COMMANDER, CHAPLAIN, or CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR, you will not be able to see or access these lesson plans on AXIS.
If you need instruction on how to log into AXIS, click the link below.
FAQ About the New Character Development Program
#1. What about the DDR and Medal of Honor lessons?
The goal of the new CD program is to concentrate on “habitual behaviors” that lead to living a life of “excellence.” While the material in these two programs was good, it did not provide continuity of curriculum. Several of the new lessons will incorporate important behaviors from the DDR and MoH examples. Individual units can still teach other material from DDR and MoH but they will not count for Cadet CD credit for promotions.
#2. Who trains the Phase 3 cadets (C/2d Lt through C/Capt.) on how to be a facilitator?
Once the senior members have the training provided in the links (LMS) given in Chaplain Sattgast’s email, the senior member who teaches the lessons will “pre-brief” the cadet facilitators of the desired responses and outcomes from each “small group discussion” in the lesson plan. The Phase 3 cadets can use their own life examples to facilitate the discussions if they desire. The teaching senior member should pre-brief the Phase 3 cadets at a meeting before the actual lesson is delivered.
#3. What if our unit doesn’t have enough Phase 3 cadets for small groups?
Mature Cadet NCOs can be used to facilitate the small groups if there are not enough cadet officers.
#4. What about the Phase 4 cadets? Do they facilitate?
Something else is planned for the cadets with a rank of Cadet Major and above to fulfill the requirements for promotion. The CD small-group facilitators are Phase 3 cadets and mature cadet NCOs. However, until the Phase 4 program is built, these higher-ranking cadets can facilitate now for credit, but that will not be their primary function for credit in the future.
#5. As a commander, I don’t have all the additional time to teach this program. What should I do?
Please contact the wing chaplain to discuss how to appoint a senior member to the Character Development Instructor Specialty Track. This appointment is made by the Chief of CAP Chaplains from your CAP Form 35a routed through wing and regional leadership.
#6. What about the WINGMAN program? Is it still taught?
Yes, the current Wingman program is still the first lesson(s) taught to a new cadet. Once Wingman is complete the cadet starts the Values for Living 2.0 program on the next month with the rest of the unit. While the lessons build on each other, they stand alone and can be taught independently.
A fifth program element – Activities – unifies the four main elements. Through cadet activities such as flying, leadership academies, bivouacs, field trips, and more, cadets apply what they have learned in the four main program elements and display their enthusiasm for the cadet ethic.