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Cadet Program

Today's Cadets . . . Tomorrow's Aerospace Leaders

Interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program? If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are ready to take the first step to becoming a cadet, use the unit locator to find a squadron near you.

Every unit is different and unique. If there are multiple units near you we recommend you visit them all to find the best fit for you. Bring your parents so they also can see what CAP cadets do and meet our adult leaders.  It's essential that parents are part of the application process. Who knows, they may even want to join our adult program or join as a cadet sponsor member.  For more membership information visit

The Cadet Program has changed my life for the better. Within Civil Air Patrol I have found confidence, passion and a strive to do better in everything I do. When I first joined Civil Air Patrol I was quiet, did not like to get up in front of people, and did not want to be in charge. I also had no major interest in science, engineering, technology, or aerospace. I am now able to take charge of a group and lead them to complete a given task.  I am comfortable giving lessons and am pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering.” -- 2012 IACE Cadet Applicant

Today's cadets are tomorrow's aerospace leaders. Through its Cadet Program, Civil Air Patrol transforms youth aged 12 to 20 into responsible citizens.

CAP is the volunteer, non-profit auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Its three missions are to develop its cadets, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform live-saving humanitarian missions.

Information for Parents

Cadet Library

National Cadet Special Activities  

Cadet Scholarships

New Cadet Guide

Cadet Oath I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation.

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