The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. Our cadets are exposed to lots of activities which will help them prepare for their adult lives including Leadership, Time-Management, Orientation Flights, Encampments, Color Guard team, and National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA’s) which might take them to national fly-ins, flight academies (http://www.ncsas.com), international cadet exchanges, computer coding, overnight camping, and more. Through these programs cadets advance themselves through challenges their friends can only imagine. Cadets have the opportunity to earn their private pilot’s certificate, fly CAP aircraft and interact with military units (including taking flights aboard Air Force refueling and transport airplanes).
Often, when a cadet returns to school the day following a CAP activity his or her friends ask what they did the day before. When the cadet tells them, the friends are noticeably impressed.
There is no mandatory or expected military service as a part of CAP but many of our finest cadets go on to serve in the various branches. Once a cadet advances to the grade of 1st Lieutenant and they complete Air Force “basic” training they are eligible to immediately be promoted to the USAF grade of Airman First Class and a raise in pay. Similar programs are available through the other branches, as well. In addition, if a cadet opts to apply to one of the service academies their prior service in CAP is recognized as a plus factor. Fully 10% of the entering class at the Air Force Academy has prior CAP affiliation.
With these new-found skills our cadets enjoy school more and excel. Their grades often reflect the new outlook and time skills they hadn’t enjoyed before and their sense of self confidence blossoms – their teachers notice it.
Cadet Programs has lots to offer.
For morel information on our programs, on visiting one of our meetings or joining CAP, contact Maj. Dan Fillmore at (313) 701-7745.