Civil Air Patrol

National Headquarters names winners of Quality Cadet Unit Awards

Several Wisconsin Wing squadrons have been awarded the Quality Cadet Unit Award by Civil Air Patrol’s National Headquarters.  Of the 211 squadrons nationwide, up from 118 last year, six units received the honor with one squadron having received the prestigious award for the second year in a row.

Squadrons receiving the award this year include:

  • Col Sac Composite Squadron – Baraboo
  • Col. R.C. Jaye Memorial Composite Squadron – Watertown
  • Fox Cities Composite Squadron – Appleton
  • Kenosha Composite Squadron – Kenosha
  • Walco Composite Squadron – Elkhorn
  • West Bend Composite Squadron – West Bend

Fox Cities Composite Squadron is the only unit in the wing who has won the award both years of its existence.

The award is designed to be won by squadrons who have a cadet program and that display strong program fundamentals.  Units are graded on their performance on the following metrics and need to meet the requirements on 5 out of the 8 categories to receive the award:

  • Adult Leadership: Unit has at least 2 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster
  • Aerospace: Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) during previous year
  • Cadet Achievement: 30% of cadets on roster have attained the Wright Brothers Award
  • Encampment: 50% of cadets on roster have completed encampment
  • Enrollment: Unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster
  • Growth: Unit’s cadet roster increased by 10%, or 10 cadets during previous year
  • Orientation Flights: 60% of cadets on roster have participated in at least 1 flight
  • Retention: Unit retained 40% of first year cadets during previous year

The criteria are entirely objective and has changed slightly for this year.  Squadrons who have a minimum of 10 cadets must meet at least 5 of the 9 criteria by December 31 in order to win the 2012 Quality Cadet Unit Award:

  • Adult Leadership:  Unit has at least 3 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster*
  • Aerospace:  Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) during previous year
  • Cadet Achievement:  40% of cadets on roster have attained the Wright Brothers Award*
  • DDR Participation:  20% of cadets on roster have completed DDRx or unit participated in RRLA*
  • Encampment:  50% of cadets on roster have completed encampment
  • Enrollment:  Unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster
  • Growth:  Unit’s cadet roster increased by 10%, or 10 cadets during previous year
  • Orientation Flights:  60% of cadets on roster have participated in at least 1 flight
  • Retention:  Unit retained 40% of first year cadets during previous year

    *Revisions from 2011:

Adult Leadership:  Increase from 2 to 3 graduates
Cadet Achievement:  Increase from 30% to 40%
DDR:  New criterion for 2012

For more information on this worthwhile program and to see the data for all units in the country, you may visit the Quality Cadet Award page on the CAP member site.  Congratulations to all units who won this year.

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