Civil Air Patrol has been patrolling our nation's coastal borders since CAP's inception.
Today, the coastlines are borderless with the onset of cyber vulnerability and attacks. CAP is participating in a timely technological initiative, CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, sponsored by the Air Force Association, to educate the next generation of patriotic cyber defenders of our nation's security and infrastructure.
This highly competitive and technological event is training a new generation to ensure America is prepared to defend its national security from the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.
CyberPatriot XII (2020) competition is a wrap! CAP's St. Augustine Composite Squadron (SER-FL-173) won 2nd place in the All Service Division during the first virtual national CyberPatriot competition, also winning 3rd place in the CISCO NetAcad Challenge, both earning the cadets scholarships. The 2nd CAP team to earn a slot in the national competition was the South Dakota Wing's Big Sioux Composite Squadron, having earned this honor for the sixth time (past in 2012-2015 and 2019). See full story HERE.
During the timeframe of October 2019-February 2020, through four grueling rounds of online competition, 12 Open Division teams and 13 All Service Division teams, both comprised of High School students, as well as 3 Middle School teams, earned an all-expense paid trip to Rockville, MD, where they were to battle it out 20-22 March for the title of National Champion in each division. See national finalists HERE. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition had to be held in a virtual manner.
*** See story of CAP's two teams' road to the CPXII (2020) national finals HERE.
Looking ahead for CPXIII (2021): Registration is OPEN until 15 October There is NO charge for any CAP squadron team!
Read carefully before registering a CAP 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.
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.
To register: Go to www.uscyberpatriot.org 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: (high school) All Service Division 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 uscyberpatriot.org, then click on the "Competition" link; then "List of Registered Teams." (text version is best) At the us.cyberpatriot.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CyberPatriot office at 877-885-5716.
Included in the competition is:
Excellent Aerospace/STEM Education Enhancement Program
Career Exploration and Training
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 email@example.com 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!
What to check out CAP's Introduction to Cyber Security Module? Click HERE!
Check out CAP's Cyber page for cadets, as well!