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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. 

Kids working on Cyber Patroit.

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CyberPatriot XII (2020) competition is at the national finals stage!! 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, have earned an all-expense paid trip to Rockville, MD, where they will battle it out 20-22 March for the title of National Champion in each division. See national finalists HERE.    

*** CAP will be represented in the national finals All Service Division competition by FL and SD cadet teams.  See story HERE.  GOOD LUCK, SD's Big Sioux Composite Squadron and FL's St. Augustine Composite Squadron!


CPXI (2019) Two CAP teams, CA Wing's Fullerton Composite Squadron 56, and SD Wing's Big Sioux Composite Squadron, represented CAP at the National Finals in Baltimore, MD, 10-13 April, 2019! See CAP.NEWS article.

Looking ahead:

CP XIII registration will open 1 April, 2020!  There is NO charge for any CAP team! 

Read carefully before you register!

Please register your team correctly to receive credit for CAP's Quality Cadet Unit Award:

1- High School CAP teams should register in the All Service Division, and list the entire charter number, such as SER-AL-801.  For team name, you can either use your squadron name or a team name of your choice.

2- Middle School CAP teams should register in the Middle School Division and register your team with CAP in the front of entire charter number, such as CAP, SER-AL-801.  Then, you can name your team as you desire.  We need the CAP at the front as there is no other way to identify CAP teams in the Middle School Division without that CAP at the front of your entire charter number.

To register:  Go to for competition timeline and all information, including training materials to prepare YOUR team for the competition- either in the High School All Service Division for CAP cadets- or in the middle school division for younger CAP cadets. 

The competition timeline  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, then click on the "Competition" link; then "List of Registered Teams." (text version is best) 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!


What to check out CAP's Introduction to Cyber Security Module?  Click HERE!


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