The CAP Cadet Program is for youth aged 12 to 20.
Through their CAP experience, cadets develop into responsible citizens
and leaders. The Cadet
Program is not just fun and rewarding, it challenges cadets to develop
the self-discipline, strong character, and team spirit they will need to
become tomorrow's aerospace leaders.
comprise the overall Cadet Program: leadership, aerospace education,
physical fitness, character development, and activities. As cadets
participate in the five program elements and complete progression
requirements, they advance through a series of sixteen achievements,
earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way.
Leadership Cadets develop
leadership skills through classroom education and hands-on
training. Older, ranking cadets plan and conduct a significant portion
of their own program, under the guidance of adult CAP volunteers. The
program emphasizes Air Force perspectives on leadership.
Aerospace Education Cadets
develop a love for aviation by studying air and space in the classroom
and experiencing the wonder of flight in the cockpit of CAP aircraft.
The curriculum teaches cadets both the scientific principles that enable
flight, as well as the history and importance of air and space
Physical Fitness Cadets are
encouraged to develop a lifelong habit of exercise. The Cadet Program
promotes fitness through activities such as hiking, obstacle courses,
volleyball competitions, and other activities. To progress in the Cadet
Program, cadets must pass physical fitness tests.
Character Development Cadets
participate in character development forums, where they apply CAP's Core
Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect to
ethical issues affecting teens. Additionally, through the Drug Demand
Reduction (DDR) program, cadets and their adult leaders promote a
drug-free ethic, and encourage others to follow their lead.
Activities Cadets make new
friends through weekend and summer cadet activities that reinforce the
four program elements described above. National Cadet Special Activities
are conducted each summer to introduce cadets to career opportunities in
aerospace industry and the Air Force.