MISSIONS:  Cadet Programs

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 “Cadets – Ages 12 to 20” link at the bottom of the this page provides a more in-depth look at the many activities and training available to our Cadets.

Our Three Key Missions

Click on one of the three areas below to explore more about our congressionally assigned key missions:  Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.









Want To Join Us?

Whether you are young — or young at heart, there’s a place for you with the Civil Air Patrol. Come be a part of one of the most premier volunteer organizations in the nation. No experience necessary; just an adventurous spirit and a desire to serve. We’ll help you learn the rest. Click on one of the membership options below to find out more about becoming a Cadet or Senior Member.