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Cadet Programs

Cadet Programs

Cadets are young leaders who think seriously about their futures. They may not yet know exactly what they want to do in adult life, but they’re test-flying potential career interests.

Cadet activities are akin to electives at school, and CAP schedules them mostly as “Saturday” and “school vacation” programs. Some of the most popular career fields among cadets are shown below, with links to suggested electives for 1st and 2nd year cadets. Cadets remain free to mix-and-match to their liking.

Potential Career Pathways

  1st Year Cadets 2nd Year Cadets & Beyond
Aviation

Orientation Flights

Encampment

Aviation 101 – ERAU

National Flight Academy (powered or glider)

National Blue Beret Aviation-themed NCSAs / CSAs

  • SUPTCFC, AMMA, MARC, CAGS 

College & Flight Scholarships

Military

Encampment

Cadet Honor Academy

Cadet Competition

Cadet Officer School

National Emergency

Services Academy

Military-themed NCSAs / CSAs

  • PJOC, Hawk Mtn., SUPTCFC, AFSCFC
Technology

Encampment

Cyber Patriot

AEX: Aerospace Excellence

Cyber Defense

Training AcademyTechnology-themed NCSAs / CSAs

  • E-Tech, AFCEA, AFSCFC

College & Flight Scholarships

Leadership

Encampment

Cadet Competition

Wreaths Across America

Cadet Advisory Council

Cadet Officer School

Red Ribbon Leadership Academy

National Character & Leadership Symposium

 

Core & Elective Curricula

The core cadet curricula are those tasks every cadet is required to complete along his or her journey to the Spaatz Award. Cadets accomplish these mostly during weekly squadron meetings, special “Saturday” activities, and encampments.

The real fun in cadet life is in the special activities or electives. Beyond the core curriculum, cadets have opportunities to follow their own interests and explore potential careers. The higher a cadet advances in cadet grade, the greater breadth of opportunities become available. Electives are mostly experienced as weekend and summer programs.

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