Civil Air Patrol, Captain Reeves, discussing mission
Civil Air Patrol, Captains Coker and Reeves, discussing the mission

Cadets can learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, and push themselves to new limits.  If your goal is a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s cadet program may be for you.

While there are many youth-oriented programs in America today, CAP’s cadet program is unique because 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 engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, and 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, or astronomy. There’s a place for you in CAP’s cadet program.  Cadets can participate in particular local, state, regional, or national activities each year.  Many cadets can 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.

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