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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. 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 Civil Engineering Academy 257 265 Air Force Civil Engineering Academy

Due to Hurricane Michael, dates and location are tentative.

Contact for Activity:
Activity Website (if applicable):
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants 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 15 October onward.  To be considered for priority placement status, the completed application including supplemental documents must be submitted by 15 November.  Applications submitted after 15 November 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. 


No additional application requirements

Staff: Senior Members and Cadets

1.  In addition to applying in eServices, please send letter stating why you want to attend AFCEA as Senior Staff to the activity director at

Eligibility Requirements:


Age 15 by activity start date
Must have encampment credit when you apply
C/SrA or higher


Prior attendance at AFCEA preferred

Senior Members:



Civil Engineering background

No days available from NHQ for this activity, but if interested in attending to assist staff contact Cadet Programs Reserve Support Coordinator at 

Graduation Requirements:

Must complete at least 80% of activity and not sent home due to behavior issues


Transportation hubs staff will service: Northwest Beaches Airport (ECP)

Activity Goal:

The Air Force Civil Engineering Academy gives Cadets a chance to learn about a career path in the USAF in Civil Engineering.

The 823rd Red Horse Squadron has a long and distinguished history in the USAF. They have both wartime and peace time missions.  They deploy worldwide in austere conditions during wartime and must be self-sufficient for up to 30 days. A rapid response team that can deploy as a squadron or as flights depending on needs, they are the most heavily armed unit in the USAF.  In peacetime, they support base operations during a natural or man-made catastrophic event.

Cadets at this activity will receive a combination of classroom instruction as well as hands-on activities. They will learn about such disciplines as heavy equipment management, map making, explosive ordnance disposal, emergency management, water purification, and runway lighting, among others. They also will get instruction on civilian careers in Civil Engineering, as well as practical experience reading blueprints and using a mechanics ruler.

If you are interested in science, math, technology or engineering, this is the activity for you.




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