Cadet Programs


Cadet Programs is a Leading Laboratory.


Cadets learn about how to be a leader, how to have respect for themselves and others, how to become physicaly fit, how to be mentored and to mentor others, and how to ENJOY serving others and their community.

Youth who participate in this program are better students, entrepreneurs, employees, community members and overall better leaders among their peers. Cadet Programs leadership opportunities all start with cadet staff. Cadet staff enjoy the opportunity to lead on a weekly basis and learn from the best cadet program leaders in the wing! Cadet staff are chosen at the bi-yearly SSE.


"While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic)"