The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is designed for young people, ages 12 to 21. Cadets involved in this program develop discipline, leadership, aerospace, and ethical skills. They are taught to resist adverse peer pressure and serve as a role model to others. The cadet program is run by the cadets, under qualified adult supervision, in a drug-free military environment.
Many great opportunities exist for CAP cadets. They include:
- Orientation flights in powered aircraft and gliders. Older cadets have the opportunity to get flight training and work towards a pilot certificate.
- Attending state and national encampments. On these week-long activities, cadets learn leadership and discipline skills and experience life on an active military installation.
- College scholarships
- Travel to foreign countries under the Internation Air Cadet Exchange program.
- Learning first-aid and search & rescue skills.
- Receipt of promotions in rank.
Cadets are often involved in emergency services and disaster relief missions as ground team members, radio operators, and mission base assistants.
Cadets can also be involved in drill teams and participate in state and national competitions.
Anyone wishing to join the CAP Cadet Program must meet certain requirements. Applicants must be at least 12 years old and be an American citizen or resident alien. The maximum age to become a cadet member is 18.