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The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program offers young adults the opportunity
to accomplish real life leadership goals while developing themselves
as leaders in the community.
Offutt Composite Squadron's cadet program allows cadets to manage the cadet program with senior member guidance. Cadets act as mentors to each other while following a self study track to advance their own skill and abilities.
The cadet program was added to the Civil Air Patrol October 1, 1942 for young adults 15 to 17. The purpose of the cadet program was to aid in preparing young adults for military service.
A lot has changed in the cadet program since that time. Cadets now progress through a self-paced program that is structured like the Air Force. Also, the cadet program now includes youth 12-21 years old.
During their CAP career cadets will gain hands on experience in the areas of leadership, aerospace, and emergency services. They will learn discipline, teamwork, and self-confidence as they progress.
Besides helping young adults mature into good citizens, CAP also offers assistance through higher education scholarships (approximately $200,000 a year), flight scholarships; both powered and glider, as well as mentoring.
CAP has advantages if a cadet decides to join the military. Should the cadet obtain the Billy Mitchell Award, he/she is entitled to enlisting in the Air Force at an advanced grade of E-3. Approximately 10 percent of those accepted to the Air Force Academy are former CAP cadets.
There are currently 25,000 cadets in the Civil Air Patrol nationwide in over 1,200 squadrons. Those cadets are eligible to attend many national activities sponsored by National Headquarters. Some of those activities include; Flight Encampments, Cadet Officer School, International Air Cadet Exchange, and National Honor Guard Academy.
Squadron Parents and Cadet Group - Parents and cadets can stay informed of the squadron's activities by subscribing the unit's user group on Google. Go here: http://groups.google.com/group/offutt_cadets
For more information please visit CAP's national website- www.gocivilairpatrol.com
This page last updated on 24 October 2015