The Mission of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program:
To Transform Youth Into Dynamic Americans
And Aerospace Leaders

There are so many fun and educational opportunities for Cadets, we couldn’t possibly list them all… But we’ll try.

Visitors are always welcome to come and observe squadron meetings and events.* If you have any questions, please use the “Contact Us” info at the bottom of the page to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

* Due to insurance requirements, until a youth becomes an official CAP member, parents must remain at meetings and events with their child.


Would you like to honor and serve America?

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?

Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, build rockets, robots and drones, hike, camp, get in shape, hone cyber skills, become team players, seek excellence and push themselves to new limits.


During our weekly meetings and weekend activities, cadets learn about a variety of topics such as:
• Leadership:  including followership, leadership, uniform wear, customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies and professionalism
• Aerospace:  including aviation, space and technology, and activity participating in STEM kits
• Fitness:  including helping Cadets develop lifelong habits of eating right and participating in regular exercise
• Character Development:  including classroom exercises and discussions that challenge Cadets to live the Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect.


Cadets (and Senior Members) can participate in so many more activities than just weekly meetings. Cadets can attend activities throughout the year such as leadership encampments, professional development weekends and high adventure activities. Here is a short list of some activities Cadets can attend:


Encampment challenges cadets. It pushes them so they grow. Are you self-disciplined? Can you lead? Can you truly work as a team? These are some of the questions the cadre will help you answer for yourself as you participate in awesome, hands-on activities and tours. Specifically, our goal is to inspire you to:
• develop leadership skills,
• learn about aviation, space, and technology,
• commit to a habit of regular exercise, and
• live the Core Values.
As cadets of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, your training will emphasize not only leadership and character, but fitness and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as you explore career opportunities in those areas and so much more.

Emergency Services

There are an abundance of skills and positions within the field of Emergency Services. The three main training areas are: Incident Command, Ground Search and Rescue, and Mission Aircrew.

Emergency Services curriculum includes but not limited to: navigation, search techniques & equipment, communication skills, woodsmanship, campsite selection & equipment, first aid, patient evacuation, specialized equipment, health & nutrition, and survival skills. In addition to the practical skills, leadership and character development are also emphasized.

Orientation Flights (“O” Rides)

After achieving certain milestones (but before they turn 18), Cadets can qualify to receive fully funded orientation flights (up to 5 in a glider and 5 in an airplane). Cadets who wish to continue in aviation training have many options. With additional studies in Aerospace Dimensions and participation in other electives, cadets may be ready to pursue formal flight instruction which could leading to a solo flight or private pilot license.

Flight Academies

CAP operates flight academies in single-engine and glider aircraft, primarily in the summer. Aspiring pilots receive formal ground instruction and cockpit time with a certified flight instructor. Many cadets participating in these academies even solo at the academy! The learning environment is specially designed for cadets, and the low instructor to student ratio provides opportunities for mentoring and individual attention.

Students flying in the powered school will receive up to 10 hours of hands on flight time and 25 hours of ground school instruction. Students are also able to fly as an observer to gain more flight experience while other cadets are receiving instruction. Aircraft used are Cessna 172s. Students flying in the glider school will receive up to 25 flights as well as 25 hours of ground school instruction.

Cadets advancing their flight training can participate in advanced pilot training such as the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course. At this summer activity, Cadets stay at one of two military bases and have the opportunity to shadow Air Force pilots-in-training and receive instruction and mentoring from past and present flight instructors.

Flight Scholarships

Cadets who have shown a proven interest, dedication and aptitude with their pursuit of formal pilot training can apply for numerous competitive scholarships. CAP offers a variety of educational and aviation related scholarships at the local Squadron, State Wing, Regional and National levels. In addition to the reduced flight training costs associated with training in CAP planes with CAP authorized Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs), these scholarship funds can greatly assist with the expense of pursuing a Private Pilot License and beyond.

National Blue Beret Academy

Have you ever participated in an air show?
Picture an air show where hundreds of thousands of people come to see the many wonders of aviation. In real life, that picture is the Experimental Aircraft
Association’s (EAA) annual fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Participants at National Blue Beret (NBB) have the chance to work at one of the largest and most prestigious air shows in the world.

CAP and EAA will provide training for you to help support the air show. Each participant will work in several areas including the flight line and exhibits. Training will include techniques of aircraft marshaling and electronic direction finding. Cadets will be encouraged to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime events that often occur during the air show.

Cyber Defense Training Academy

This is CAP’s official program for all cyber security education and training. It is an introduction into cyberspace operations conducted by the United States Air Force. Members from various units within the 24th Air Force will brief cadets on their roles as a “Cyberspace Operator” and share their experiences as a USAF Airman. Finally, the cadets will receive an introduction into Defensive Cyberspace Operations which includes: introduction into networks and operating systems, workstation and server fundamentals, how to secure a system and mitigate threats. The course will conclude with a capstone activity called the Cyber Defense Competition where cadets will be ordered to secure a network of workstations from possible security breaches. Our goal is to not only prepare cadets to effectively participate in competitions like CyberPatriot and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition but to usher in a new era of “Cyber Operators,” not to train “Hackers.”

Honor Guard Academy

There National, Regional and Wing sponsored Honor Guard Academy’s throughout the year. The objective is to provide leadership training to cadets that will enable them to implement the Honor Guard Program within their individual wings and units. The Honor Guard Program contributes to both Civil Air Patrol and Middle East Region by providing a highly visible public relations program. It allows cadets, and seniors, to become Ambassadors for Civil Air Patrol and assist with both recruiting, retention and the Drug Demand Reduction Program.

The MER HGA will provide training in 4 Honor Guard Elements; (1) The Color Guard and Colors Element, (2) The Ceremonial Element, (3) The Funeral Element, and (4) The Flag Element. There will also be training in two additional elements necessary for public relations and the DDR Program; (1) The DDR Element, (2) The Public Speaking Element.


These schools and academies are just the beginning. Check out our National Cadet Activities page to learn more about potential career paths and other National Cadet Special Activities available to Cadets.

National Cadet Special Activities Page


 Cadet Expectations