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, the military or intend to have a leadership role in your future; CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets usually 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
Once enrolled a Cadet may remain in the program through the age of 21 so that they may continue to gain experience that will help them in life. Once they turn 21, join the military or get married they must become a Senior member.
Please view our FAQ page for Cadets to learn about our cadet programs.