Cadet Programs

Interested in the Aviation? Leadership? or Search and Rescue? If so, we have a spot for you in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program


Would you like to honor and serve America? Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the  Civil Air Patrol.

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.
The cadet program is designed to inspire the country's youth to become leaders and valuable citizens through their interest in aerospace. Young men and women who are American citizens or aliens "lawfully admitted for permanent residency" may become Civil Air Patrol cadets.

Cadets take part in a number of programmed and special activities. From these they develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand the total impact of air and space operations on society. They learn discipline by studying leadership and by learning military drill and courtesies. They become physically fit through a special physical training program.

Through studies and other activities, cadets work their way through a series of achievements. As cadets progress, they earn increased rank, ribbons or awards and also become eligible for nationally sponsored special activities and may compete for academic scholarships.

Membership Dues (Cadets/Youth Only):

New Membership dues are $40, which includes a binder with all educational material needed.  If US Air Force budget allows, cadets are also provided with a starter uniform (shirt, pants, belt, hat).  The squadron also has some uniform items that can be utilized.  However, there will be some items that need to be purchased like name tags, hat lapel, shoes/boots, etc.

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