– Cadets –
Expectations and Costs

Expectations Of Cadets
  • Active Participation

Cadets are expected to participate in CAP to the extent that they are interested and able, but active participation is a prerequisite for promotion. (See CAPR 60-1, para 3.3.1.)

To advance to a higher rank, cadets must actively participate in the five elements of the Cadet Program:

1. Leadership
2. Aerospace Education & STEM Kits
3. Physical Fitness (for fitness standards, CLICK HERE)
4. Character Development
5. Participate In Activities (to demonstrate the cadet can apply what they have learned)

  • Absences

We understand cadets will not be able to make all meetings, activities or events. How we address absences is outlined in CAP Regulation 60-1, para 3.3:

—  Attendance & Promotion Eligibility. Active participation is a promotion requirement
because direct, in-person involvement in the Cadet Program is the most effective way for cadets to demonstrate their learning. “Active participation” is not precisely defined because the reason for, frequency of, and duration of absences varies greatly. It is suggested that commanders consider cadets “active” if they participated in 4 meetings or activities during the previous 8 weeks.

—  Attendance & Leadership Opportunities. A cadet’s ability (or inability) to attend meetings on a regular basis may affect his or her opportunity to serve in a leadership position. Members of the cadet staff need to be dependable, regular participants. Unit commanders exercise their judgment on these matters on a case-by-case basis.

—  Occasional Absences. If a cadet knows he or she will be absent, the cadet is expected to notify local [cadet] leaders through the chain of command.

—  Extended Absences. If the cadet will be absent for multiple weeks, the cadet is expected to file a leave of absence with the unit commander, in writing, indicating the expected date of return.  During a leave of absence, participation in special activities beyond the weekly meeting is at the discretion of the unit commander.

—  College Students. Cadets who are college students living away from their home unit may, with permission of the unit commander, assist their squadron or another CAP unit with special projects via online activity. Cadets who make such contributions, even without attending weekly meetings during the academic year, satisfy the active participation promotion requirement.

—  Chronic Absences. The Unit Commander will ensure chronically absent cadets are contacted.

Costs Associated With Membership
  • National CAP Annual Dues

National cadet membership dues are $35 per year, payable online upon initial membership application, and on or before your anniversary date each year.

  • Squadron New Cadet Starter Package

There is a one-time cost of $ (2019 Cost TBD) per cadet for the Squadron New Cadet Package. Each package will contain the following items:

  1. Zippered Three-Ring binder
  2. Reflective Safety Belt
  3. Squadron Physical Training Uniform (PTU) T-shirt
  4. Squadron Physical Training Uniform (PTU) Shorts
  • Uniform Items

Purchasing uniform items is one of the most expensive aspects of becoming a new cadet. On average, you can expect to spend approximately $300 in initial uniform costs.

At a minimum, cadets are required to maintain three types of uniforms:

  • the Physical Training Uniform (PTU)
  • the camouflage Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)
  • the “Blues” Uniform

IMPORTANT MONEY SAVER: Only after your cadet achieves his/her first promotion, will he/she need to order the “Blues” Uniform. Why? Because once promoted, your cadet will receive a $100 “Curry Blues Voucher” from Vanguard to offset the cost! So, we recommend holding off on the purchase of this uniform until after your cadet completes Great Start training and earns his/her first stripe.

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