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Cadet (Not Staff) End of Activity Survey 2019

Staff End of Activity Survey 2019--coming soon


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.

Beginning 26 March after 1200 CDT the CadetInvest Module will be re-opened for 1) Cadet Lift and Take-off Program applications for spring/summer 2019 activities and 2) Cadet Wings. Applications must be submitted before 12 Apr at 1200 CDT for consideration this round.

Those who apply for Lift and Take-off will be notified as quickly as possible if they will receive financial assistance. Lift and Take-off are needs-based financial assistance programs which will pay activity tuition and travel costs for cadets selected as primary for National Cadet Special Activities, including flight academies. Please be sure your activity director knows that you have applied so they will hold your slot past the 31 March deposit deadline.  All notifications for Lift and TOP will be complete by 30 April.  Cadet Wings candidates will be told their status by 30 April as well.

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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 homepage for a complete listing of activity preference numbers.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant
Course #
Staff Participant 
Course #
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 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, if you would like to attend on CAT E status.  Support for this activity is a liaison mission rather than oversight.

Eligibility Requirements:


•    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

Graduation Requirements:

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

Activity Goal:

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)

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