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AFA's CAP Outstanding Squadron Cadet Recognition



The Air & Space Forces Association Recognizes Outstanding CAP Cadets with the “Civil Air Patrol Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award”

The AFA is proud to support the accomplishments of cadets at the grassroots level with a CAP cadet award package that includes a silver medal accompanied by a sky-blue ribbon and a downloadable certificate. 
Each year, between 1 December and 15 January, each squadron may submit a request to for an award package to present to one outstanding cadet. (If late, do not worry, a request will be honored for your squadron.)

  • NOTE: The award will be for the year in which the January date falls.

For award information/details, click HERE

For award request/order form, click HERE. (Please submit form to

For downloadable and fillable certificate, click HERE.

  • The AFA has changed to a downloadable form and requests the certificate be inscribed by the unit commander before the presentation ceremony.  

Please contact the closest AFA chapter and request an AFA representative for the in-person or virtual presentation.


Use the AFA chapter locator HERE--- OR,


Scroll down on the AFA's About Us/Leadership page until the chapter list is located, which includes city/state and e-mail address of chapter president.  


If a chapter does not respond, please reach out to the state president e-mail address with the request.

  • For the required after-action report form, click HERE. (When submitting report, please submit photo of presentation with AFA representative, if possible.)

  • See List of Award Requests for this year, below. 

***NOTE: CAPR 39-3 (page 24) still has incorrect info, so, please follow the guidance herein to send all requests via e-mail to and NOT to the AFA National address. A request for 39-3 change has been submitted.

Info about this award is found on the AFA Cadet of the Year Awards page HERE

Info about this award is also found on the CAP Cadet Programs Individual Cadet Award page HERE
Questions?  Contact

  • NOTE: The certificate (below) is being updated to reflect the new AFA name and logo- The Air and Space Forces Association. 



                        Presentations During the COVID Pandemic



2022 Current List of Squadron Awards Sent 

2021 Squadron Awards Sent

2020 Squadron Awards Sent

2019 Squadron Awards Sent

Prior to 2019, the AFA sent the awards.  As of Jan 2019, CAP NHQ began managing the award requests. 

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