AF Space Command Familiarization Course
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This site lists Civil Air Patrol's upcoming Cadet Special Activities (CSAs). It includes national activities and those wing and region activities approved to receive the CSA ribbon. These activities are designed to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, develop leadership, and enhance emergency services skills.
NCSA Registration Status Updates
EServices Registration & Payment System is open for LATE applications for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants. Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements went out in December. Notifications for on-time summer applicants will go out on 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists after 1 March may be contacted at anytime to fill a slot.
Use the following course numbers to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices preferences tab of your application. Activities appear alphabetically, but will have the course number next to them in the tab. You can download a sortable spreadsheet on the ncsas.com homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers.
|eServices Short Name||Cadet Participant
|Activity Full Name|
|AF SPACE FAM||215||216||Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course|
How to Apply:
Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the ncsas.com homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System. Applicants, including staff, will need to complete the application to include uploading the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application. All staff must apply via eServices, or they will not receive credit for the activity in their records. For staff applicants, you will be contacted to let you know whether or not you have not been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December onward. To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 January. Applications submitted after 15 January are accepted but are marked "late" and will be considered AFTER all applications submitted before the deadline. Priority timelines do not apply to staff applications.
Participants: No additional requirements to apply
Staff: No additional requirements to apply
Reservists: UUse Sharepoint site to apply if you are CAP-USAFR. If activity is not listed on Sharepoint under National Activities, then days have not been allocated for it. Contact Cadet Programs Reserve Support Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to attend on CAT E status. Support for this activity is a liaison mission rather than oversight.
• Age 15 by activity start date
• Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
• Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply
• Must be U.S. citizens to attend this event
Senior Member: No additional requirements
Reservists: Background in Space Operations or Acquisition desired
Complete 80% of the activity requirements
Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior
Activity Director determines course objectives met
Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from TBD
Required Staff Training: TBD
Beginning in 1994, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has sponsored two Civil Air Patrol (CAP) special activities, one at Patrick AFB in Florida and one at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs to showcase AFSPC roles and missions for CAP cadets (age 15-21).
The purpose of the AFSPC program is to expose cadets to the ideals of leadership and service through aerospace education and training. Attendees are CAP cadets who are interested in aerospace careers and/or military service.
Each of the courses has a different focus.
The Peterson AFB program is the most comprehensive course, leveraging resources available across the Colorado Front Range to introduce cadets to all five areas of space operations: satellite command and control, missile warning, space surveillance/space control, missile operations, and spacelift. The Peterson program also visits the Air Force Academy to introduce cadets to secondary education opportunities and those available in aerospace engineering.
Planned visits include:
• Peterson AFB (space surveillance, command and control)
• Cheyenne Mountain AFS (joint operations, command and control)
• Schriever AFB (satellite operations, missile defense)
• Buckley AFB (missile warning)
• US Air Force Academy (astronautical engineering, cadet life)
• Lockheed Martin Corporation, Waterton, Colorado (spacelift and space engineering)