The CAP Cadet Program is designed to inspire youth to become leaders and dynamic American Citizens through an interest in flying. Young men and women who are citizens of the U.S or aliens “lawfully admitted for permanent residency” may become Civil Air Patrol Cadets. They must be in the sixth grade or higher and at least 12 years old to become members. The maximum age for entering the Cadet program is 18.
Cadets take part in a number of programs and special activities. Through these opportunities, they develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand the impact of air and space operations on society. They learn discipline by studying leadership and learning military drill & ceremony, as well as, customs and courtesies. They become physically fit through a special physical training program. As a part of their studies and other activities, Cadets work their way through a series of 16 achievements. As cadets progress, they earn increased rank, ribbons or certificates, and also become eligible for nationally sponsored special activities. There are also opportunities to compete for academic scholarships.
Cadets join Squadrons that are staffed by Senior Members who guide and assist them through the program. A popular activity is the flying program. It promotes an interest in Aviation by providing orientation flights and scholarship oppoprtunities that cover flight training. Additional activities include Summer Encampments at nearly 75 U.S. military installations, as well as a Cadet Officer School and many other enrichment programs. There are also field trips to military bases and civilian aviation facilities. These field trips provide cadets with opportunities to explore various aviation careers, meet other Cadets, and participate in activities that other teenagers only dream about.
If you are a teen between the ages of 12 and 18, you can become an Iredell Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadet. If you like adventure and are interested in aviation, space, or the military, then joining CAP might be for you. Some activities you may be able to participate in include flying, hiking, camping, leadership training, Drill and Ceremonies, Aerospace Education, and training in Search and Rescue. The possibilities are numerous.