"Citizens Serving Communities - For Patriots ages 12 and up, Civil Air Patrol is a vital force that protects Americans in need by responding to disasters, preserving the values that make our country great by developing young leaders, and ensures our country's preeminence in aerospace and cyberspace education.
Would you like to honor and serve America?
Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?
Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.
The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
To become a cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
"I am pushing myself to be a better person." Cadet Kristin Miller
"I made my first solo flight at a CAP encampment." Astronaut Eric Boe
"I’ve learned discipline - something not stressed enough in today’s society." Cadet Theresa Paredes
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 12
- 2 hours a week and 1 weekend a month on average