Cadet Programs

Major Don Gulliksen
Group Cadet Programs Officer


The Cadet Programs Section serves the needs of all Civil Air Patrol Cadets.The cadet program is designed to provide youth ages 12-20 training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. Cadets receive training in these areas at their weekly squadron meetings as well as participating in local and wing level activities that occur throughout the year.

Cadets join as Cadet Airman Basics (C/AB) and progress through the program by taking leadership and aerospace exams, physical fitness tests, attending activities, as well as serving in ever progressing leadership positions. Cadets work towards completion of the five milestone awards in the cadet program named after the Wright Brothers, General Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, General Ira C. Eaker, and General Carl A. Spaatz.

Activities make the cadet program the most interesting and exciting youth program available in the country today. They are held at the local (squadron or group), wing (state level), region and national levels. These activities range from simple overnight Field Training Exercises and weekend-long Cadet Training Schools to week-long Cadet Encampments and National Cadet Special Activities. During their cadet career, cadets will have the opportunity to participate in leadership positions, flight training, emergency services, communications and more. Cadets that reach the grade of Cadet Captain (C/Capt) may apply for International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) and serve as an overseas ambassador of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program to one of several foreign countries.

Adult members (CAP Senior Members) work with cadets providing training, mentoring and supervision.

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