Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program creates young, American aerospace leaders. Cadet membership is open to U.S. citizens and persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States, its territories and possessions. To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old and you must be in the sixth grade.
Cadets progress through the program by participating in activities, demonstrating leadership skills, and learning academic material. Physical fitness, leadership development, character development and aerospace education comprise the curriculum of the Cadet Program. As the cadets pass their achievements, they earn promotions and more advanced leadership positions.
Cadets have the chance to participate in a wide array of activities, many of which involve familiarization with the United State Air Force and its sister services. There is no requirement or expectation for CAP cadets to enlist or enroll in military service. Cadets receive free orientation flights in both powered and glider aircraft, and cadets who chose to can earn their Private Pilot’s Certificate.