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What is the cadet program all about?
The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.
Cadets progress 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).
Cadets also support the Emergency Services component of the Civil Air Patrol mission. From first aid to wilderness survival training, cadets can learn valuable life skills.
There are also opportunities to travel through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program.
Cadets have the opportunity to fly in a CAP plane and possibly a military aircraft. Each cadet is eligible for five orientation flights with a CAP pilot. These flights are like flight lessons that introduce cadets to various aspects of flying. CAP doesn’t teach you to fly, but you can compete for scholarships that will help pay for your pilot’s license. Cadets can rent the CAP aircraft as they work on their license with a CAP flight instructor.
You can join CAP as a cadet if you are at least 12 years old and before your 19th birthday. Cadets can stay in the program until they turn 21 as long as they have not entered active duty and are enrolled in a school.
Cadets meet an average of 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month. They also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
Annual dues and uniform expenses will total about $100.00. You can check www.capmembers.com/dues to find out the total amount of dues for your area. Your local squadron can provide more information about any unit dues. Other fees will be required for weekend activities and summer events.
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