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March 24, 2016

Our national commander and our CAP-USAF commander released a joint letter today calling for CAP members everywhere -- and that includes member of our cadet community -- to join in their commitment to incorporate safety into all facets of CAP. For the first time, safety is part of CAP's strategic...

March 9, 2016

    Where will you find the biggest cadet and composite squadrons in CAP? Manhattan? L.A.? On a massive Air Force base? Nope. One of our biggest cadet units is located in Concord, NH, (pop. 42,695). For years, I've watched this squadron thrive, despite it being located in a small...

February 5, 2016

  Read the first blog post on CAPM 36-2203 for context.   Okay, drill fans.  I’ve taken a lot of the feedback you’ve sent me or blogged.  I appreciate the opinions of those who don’t believe we need a CAP D&C Manual, but I’ve made my argument to NHQ and...

January 25, 2016

In December 2015 the National Cadet Team published a draft CAPP 52-18 with a new model of fitness program for cadets.  This has generated a great deal of feedback which has been read with great interest.  We are now opening the program to interested units for beta testing.  We invite...

January 19, 2016

  CAP Members: A year ago, I was asked how we can improve drill in CAP, since it’s such a great leadership tool.  I asked to be allowed to put together a drill manual for CAP.  AFMAN 36-2203 works all right for the Air Force, but with the importance of drill...

July 29, 2015

  What's new and in development for the CAP Cadet Program? The Cadet News + Innovations booklet provides a summary. Inside you'll find cadet news -- information about projects that are already underway that we'd like you to know about. You'll also find cadet innovations -- information about projects in...

June 9, 2015

  Critique after critique, cadet programs officers tell us that the TLC course is excellent. But can we make it better? Perhaps we could attract even more students if we could somehow transform the current 1.5-day course into a 1-day course. On the Cadet Proving Grounds, we’ve posted a draft...

January 29, 2015

 Many units and wings now have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.   These are two great ways to reach out to cadets and get greater participation at activities!  Here are examples from the Youngstown unit https://www.facebook.com/YoungstownCAP         Civil Air Patrol, You were mentioned in a Tweet!  ...

December 22, 2014

This document represents a new vision for the NCC program. Senior leaders have already endorsed this new model, which was developed to achieve the following goals: ✪ Increase participation system-wide (NCC was reaching fewer than 5% of the cadet corps) ✪ Offer a comprehensive, holistic curriculum representing the full breadth...

September 15, 2014

America needs today’s cadets to become leaders, and it’s a pleasure to serve on the National Cadet Team and assist the cadets with their important work. Our team is growing. We’re in search of Cadet Programs professionals to serve in the positions listed below. What’s most important for applicants to...

June 23, 2014

The majority of a cadet’s annual contact hours with CAP occur in the squadron. Counting fifty weekly squadron meetings alone, cadets spend over 100 hours at squadron activities, a total surpassing even a week-long encampment’s duration. No mater how amazing our summer activities are, it is only through vibrant local...

June 12, 2014

Young people learn best through personal experience. You can’t simply tell a kid what cadets do. You can’t simply show cadet life to them, either. Prospective cadets need to participate actively to see how exciting the Cadet Program is, and to decide if we’re a good match for their interests....

May 29, 2014

Starting this week when a cadet's promotion is approved in eServices their notification email will include a link to share the good news on Facebook.  If a cadet chooses to share the information a picture of their new grade insignia will post on their Wall.  Friends and family who follow...

November 6, 2013

We anticipate that the Cadet Encampment Guide and Cadet Encampment Handbook that have been in draft status for over a year will be finalized and published by Christmas, in time for the planning season for the summer '14 encampments. We know that there are a couple spring encampments out there....

September 9, 2013

When new cadets join CAP, NHQ mails them their cadet textbooks and other resources. The draft "New Cadet Guide" would collect some of those secondary resources under a single cover and, more importantly, provide step-by-step guidance for brand new cadets. How to wear the uniform, the Super Chart, and how...

April 1, 2013

  Cadets, pin this tracker to your wall and record your progress in the Cadet Program. This new document, CAPVA 52-101, "Personal Cadet Tracker" is sort of like a mini "Cadet Super Chart" that's tailor-made for the individual cadet. We should've had something like this available a long time ago....

January 31, 2013

NDEP funds, provided by the Air Force STEM Outreach Coordination Office at the Pentagon, will allow CAP to implement an innovative “CAP STEM Kit Program” for our cadets and schools.  The kits will contain all the educational materials and tools necessary to provide hands-on, experiential learning in subject areas such...

January 15, 2013

Announcing the Cadet Honor Academy, the new regional program that prepares cadets to serve on color guards and honor guards while simultaneously furthering their individual character development. CHA is envisioned as a weekend activity, perhaps conducted concurrent with Region Cadet Leadership Schools. A new program guide offers interim guidance, and...

December 17, 2012

  A special message for the Honor Guard Academy and overall CAP cadet communities   The Honor Guard Academy has successfully introduced hundreds of cadets to honor guard principles and the drug-free message over the past several years, thanks to a dedicated staff who’ve done a superb job. Many have...

August 9, 2012

Apologies to the cadet community. Due to an in-house error, our “Cadet Encampment Guide” was released to DCPs and National Board members before it was ready for the community’s review. Encampment is the #1 cadet activity in terms of participation, so it’s no surprise that people have dived-in to a...

August 9, 2012

What's new and what's in the works in Cadet Programs? Read our briefing handout and/or visit the "Cadet News & Innovations" seminar at National Boards in Baltimore. We've prepared the handout to be as helpful and comprehensive as possible to people who are unable to join us at the conference.

July 25, 2012

On Saturday 04 August, all CAP members are invited to participate in a list of 1-hour webinars. You can join in from your home, office, or squadron during any of 5 different times. For more information, please check out the DDR Webpage at www.capmembers.com/ddr

October 31, 2011

“The only thing my squadron does for physical fitness is the cadet physical fitness test (CPFT) once a month. We have a few cadets that fail the CPFT time after time, and it’s making them discouraged about staying in the cadet program. Besides the fitness test, what can my squadron...

October 26, 2011

“My unit does not do anything with DDR. How do I get my cadets involved in this program?” A lot of units struggle with this issue so we went to some successful members and asked them about it. Lt Danny L. Carter, PCR-WA-069 says: 1. Find a senior and cadet that...

June 8, 2011

You’ve heard of wings hosting “aerospace days” and “leadership academies.” Why not a similar endeavor showcasing the character development aspects of cadet life?   National Character Day is a new, hands-on, wing-level activity that serves two purposes: (1)  Motivate cadets to take seriously issues of character and honor, while recommitting...

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