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How do cadets earn rank in CAP?

Cadets are promoted in CAP through self-study and group study.

To progress, cadets must (1) participate actively; (2) pass a written leadership test; (3) pass a written aerospace test; (4) pass a physical fitness test; (5) participate in character development forums; and most of all (6) demonstrate they have the maturity to accept increased responsibility. (In some stages of the Cadet Program, these requirements differ slightly.)  

You can find more details about the requirements for each grade on the Ranks & Awards page.

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