The mission of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. The Cadets at School program brings the benefits of CAP's character education, fitness, leadership, and aerospace curriculum into middle and high schools as a weekly after-school program.
Check out our Program Overview for Educators.
CAP offers schools an exciting form of character education that uses the students’ enthusiasm for aviation, space, and technology as a motivator. An Air Force-affiliated after-school program*, high schools find Civil Air Patrol a low-cost alternative to Junior ROTC. Middle schools find that the challenge of cadet life provides the structure early adolescents need. A middle school CAP squadron can be a great complement to a high school JROTC program.
Air Force Affiliation
Cadets are never obligated to join the military, nor does CAP attempt to recruit cadets for the armed forces. However, the uniform, military customs and courtesies, and drill and ceremonies are important features of cadet life that contribute to individual self-discipline. Moreover, 10% of the cadets at the Air Force Academy got their start in CAP.
The Cadet Program is a self-paced program of sixteen achievements. Cadets complete one task in each element of cadet life — leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character — during each achievement. There is a degree of academic rigor to the program; cadets study their textbooks and must pass written tests to advance. Along the way, cadets earn promotions, acquire new leadership responsibilities, and collect awards.
Adding Value to the School
Some of the benefits students and schools receive by partnering with CAP include:
Develop leadership skills
Strengthens students' discipline
|* Some schools choose to conduct the CAP Cadet Program as an in-school elective class. CAP National Headquarters will continue to support those existing programs but is now encouraging new schools to operate as an after-school program.|
CAP School Programs Point of Contact
Contact Joanna Lee for more information.