Cadet Programs

CAP’s cadet program is for young men and women aged 12-21. The five elements of the cadet program are: Leadership, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, Moral Leadership, and Activities.






CAP cadets participate in activies and events on the local, state, and national levels. Cadets also receive training in emergency services specialties and become fully qualified emergency services volunteers. Squadron 10 cadets regularly participate in search and rescue training exercises and real-life search and rescue missions.






Squadron 10 cadets meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:45-9:00pm. To learn more about joining Squadron 10 as a cadet, see the contact page.



Civil Air Patrol’s first cadet program was started during World War II in 1942 as a way to provide training for future pilots. Since then, the program has flourished, combining aerospace education with leadership and career training.

Today, CAP cadets are those members who join from age 12 through age 18. Cadets who turn 18 may either become a senior member or remain a cadet until their 21st birthday at their own discretion. Cadets who join the military and wish to remain in CAP must become senior members when they begin active duty. Cadets who join the National Guard or Reserve may remain cadets until they are activated for a purpose other than training.

As a cadet progresses through the cadet program, he/she earns various achievements by successfully passing both Leadership and Aerospace Education tests. Test questions are derived from reading materials supplied to cadets, but the program is also designed to allow cadets to fill ever increasing leadership roles that are pertinent to their Leadership Studies questions.

As cadets advance through the ranks, they also progress through four stages of development. The first phase, The Learning Phase, introduces cadets to the CAP program, and cadets who pass all requirements receive the Wright Brothers award. The second phase, 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. The third phase, 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. The Executive Phase is the last phase of the cadet program, and focus cadets on the operations of an entire unit. Cadets completing The Executive Phase are awarded the Eaker Award. The highest cadet award is the Spaatz Award and is awarded 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. Senior members, the adults of the program, also play a large role in mentoring and evaluating cadets. The numerous awards, achievements, and opportunities available to Civil Air Patrol cadets allows them to foster their leadership in an academic and forgiving environment.

Civil Air Patrol also has several cadet squadrons located in middle schools. CAP’s School Enrichment Program (formerly known as Middle School Initiative) is a ready-to-use program for teachers and other mentors conduct leadership training through Aerospace Education classes. Students are introduced to the principles of flight, model rocketry, and also leadership. CAP’s SEP program is similar to a Junior ROTC program. CAP has 47 units located in Middle School classrooms throughout the country.

The Cadet Program is overseen and administered by senior members, who generally specialize in the Cadet Program. For composite squadrons (which has Senior Member programs as well), the Cadet Commander’s chain of command passes through the Deputy Commander for Cadets before reaching the squadron commander, with the Cadet Commander reporting directly to the squadron commander in cadet squadrons.. There are ‘Director of Cadet Programs’ positions at all command levels higher than squadron. In addition to the Deputy Commander for Cadets, squadrons also have a Leadership Officer, a senior member whose job is to see to the military aspects of the cadet program, such as uniforms, customs and courtesies.

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