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Civil Air Patrol has been patrolling our nation's coastal borders from the air since CAP's inception.

Today, the coastlines are borderless with the onset of cyber vulnerability and attacks. CAP is developing and participating in innovative and challenging Cyber programs.

CAP cadets are also participating in a challenging technological initiative, CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, sponsored by the Air & Space Forces Association, to educate the next generation of patriotic cyber defenders of our nation's security and infrastructure. 

This highly competitive event is training a new generation to ensure America is prepared to defend its national security from the air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace.  CAP continues to be a strong All Service and Middle School organizational participant in the CyberPatriot program and encourages educators and youth leaders to form Middle School and Open Division CyberPatriot teams!

CAP cadets: Learn more about how to form a CAP squadron team, below. 

Educators: Find out how to create student teams at

                        Kids working on Cyber Patroit.             

CPXVI (2023-2024): Registration opened 1 April for CAP teams, as well as any middle and high school teams in other All Service and educational/youth organizations. The 2023-2024 competition began in September. Registration closed 5 October 2023. 


There is NO charge for any CAP squadron team!

Read carefully the info below about registering a CAP squadron team so that correct registration will ensure credit for CAP's Quality Cadet Unit Award:

1- High School CAP teams should register in the All Service Division, in the Civil Air Patrol section, listing the entire charter number, such as SER-AL-801.  For team name, either the squadron name or a team name of choice can be used, but the charter number is needed.

2- Middle School CAP teams should register in the Middle School Division and register the team with CAP in front of the entire charter number, such as CAP, SER-AL-801. The team can then be named as desired.  "CAP" is needed at the front as there is no other way to identify CAP teams in the Middle School Division without that CAP identifier at the front of the entire charter number.

3- To register: Go to for competition timeline and all information, including training materials to prepare teams for competition.

The competition schedule is very helpful!!

  • Civil Air Patrol teams compete for FREE.  

  • CAP cadets can compete in two levels:  All Service Division (high school) and Middle School Division.

  • YOUR squadron can have one coach who works with more than one team.

  • Click HERE  to learn about the CyberPatriot program for CAP cadets.

  • Click HERE to learn how the program works for CAP cadets.

For registered teams

To keep up with the list of teams that have registered, go to, then click on the "Competition" link; then "List of Registered Teams."  At the site, you can also find out anything you wish to know about the program, to include training materials, competition dates, competition progress, etc. Summer Cyber Camps should be another exciting program option for anyone interested in learning more.  Find out everything you need to know at that site.

IMPORTANT: Need assistance with a computer?  With internet access?  With securing a team mentor to assist the team coach?  The AFA CyberPatriot office can provide assistance with all of these issues!  Contact or call the CyberPatriot office at 877-885-5716.

Included in the competition is:

  • Excellent Aerospace/STEM Education Enhancement Program 

  • Teamwork

  • Career Exploration and Training

  • Scholarships

  • Mentorship by Cyber Experts

  • March Trip to MD for Final Competition

CyberPatriot is a cutting-edge activity open to ANY middle or high school student team in the nation.

* There are two parallel high school divisions: Open Division (any high school age-type school or organization) and All Service Division (any CAP, Sea, or any Service JROTC cadets).

* The middle school division is not divided into the two categories.  All teams compete against each other.

* In CAP, if special team situations are needed, contact for assistance.

Each team defends a computer network against a virtual cyber attack. Several rounds of competition culminate in a national competition for both divisions each March in MD. All Division teams, Open Division teams, and Middle School teams can work and train together across divisions since they are not competing against each other in these parallel virtual competitions that lead up to the nation competition, so JOIN HANDS and TALENT and gather TEAMS to train together. Together Each Achieves More!

Adults who are coaching or mentoring a group of 2-5 young people in CyberPatriot teams are to be commended for going above and beyond!  We encourage other interested adults to help form a team!

*****CAP cadets have the right stuff to compete, so plan to form a team for the upcoming year!



Historical Info:

CyberPatriot XV (2023) competition finals:

California Cadets Place 2nd in CyberPatriot XV Cisco Challenge (20 March 2023)

The California Wing’s Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 added a second-place finish in the Cisco Network Academy Challenge to its record of success – including three straight national finals and five in six years – in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition....

California, Idaho, New Jersey Cadet Teams Reach CyberPatriot National Finals (21 Feb 2023)

The California Wing’s Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 has reached the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition finals for the third straight year and the fifth time in six years, joined by a pair of first-time finalists from the Idaho Wing’s Boise Composite Squadron and the New Jersey Wing’s Raritan Valley Composite Squadron...

CyberPatriot XIV (2022) competition finals:

  • See CAP.News story of the three CAP teams that moved to the national finals HERE. (RMR's COWG Air Academy Cadet Squadron; PCR's CAWG Fullerton Composite Squadron 56; and the Wild Card slot team, MAR's NCWG Union City Composite Squadron. 

  • See info about CAP's participation in the 2022 national CyberPatriot competition HERE. 

The 2021 national competition saw CAWG Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 (PCR-CA-295) win 3rd place in the All Service Division during the virtual national CyberPatriot competition, also winning the CISCO NetAcad Challenge, both earning the cadets scholarships. See full story HERE.

  • *** See story of CAP's three teams' road to the CPXIII (2021) national finals HERE




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