Prospective Cadet Information Form
The CAP CADET PROGRAM
Transforming youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders
Young people ages 12 - 18 join Civil Air Patrol as Cadet Members, and participate in the Cadet
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is organized around four main elements. Everything you do as a
cadet will point back to one or more of these elements, in one way or another.
CAP introduces cadets to Air Force perspectives on leadership through classroom instruction,
mentoring, and hands-on learning. First, cadets learn to follow, but as they progress, they learn
how to lead small teams, manage projects, think independently, and develop leadership skills they
can use in adult life.
CAP inspires in youth a love of aviation, space, and technology. Cadets study the fundamentals of
aerospace science in the classroom and experience flight first-hand in CAP aircraft. Cyber topics
important to the national defense represent a new frontier. Summer activities allow cadets to
explore aerospace-related careers.
CAP encourages cadets to develop a lifelong habit of regular exercise. The Cadet Program promotes
fitness through calisthenics, hiking, rappelling, obstacle courses, competitions, and other vigorous
activities. A comprehensive fitness test based on age, gender, and cadet rank challenges cadets.
CAP challenges cadets to live their Core Values. Through character forums, cadets discuss ethical
issues relevant to teens. Chaplains often lead the discussions, but the forums are not religious
meetings. CAP also encourages cadets to promote a drug free ethic in their schools and communities.
Civil Air Patrol Senior Member Program
Civil Air Patrol adult members (over age 21), are known as Senior Members and come from all walks of life. Some are military members, doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.
Aircrew and Emergency Services
In emergency services and operations CAP not only need aircrew members, to operate our fleet of general aviation aircraft, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.
CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 24,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well-rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today's world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow's leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them.
Aerospace EducationCAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP's adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country. Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.