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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. Typically, advertisements for activities we plan to offer in Winter are posted here by mid-October, and spring/summer activities are posted by mid-December. A list of past activities is under the "Helpful Links" section of this web page under the title "eServices Event/Activity Preference Numbers."

NCSA Registration Status Updates

Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. Encampment requirement is removed for some activities.  Look at the activity ad page to see if it is required.  EServices Registration & Payment System is OPEN for Spring/Summer activity applications. Applications submitted in eServices through 14 Oct for Christmas Break, 20 Nov for winter, and 15 Jan for spring/summer are considered "On-Time" and are given priority placement into "primary" status. Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of Christmas Break placements go out by 21 Oct, and winter placements go out by mid to late December. Spring placements are as outlined on their advertisements on this site. Notifications for summer applicants will go out on or about 1 March and as activities fill vacancies after 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists may be contacted at any time 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. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Staff Participant Course # Activity Full Name
Cadet Officer School 204 205 Cadet Officer School

Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module and apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), to be considered for needs-based financial assistance or NCSA scholarships.  Also apply for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity.  Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is 31 December. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity.  

Selectees, please use this page for further instructions. COS Student Page.  May not be turned on until participants are selected.
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 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 supplemental tab documents or additional application requirements


Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: In addition to applying online in eServices, upload a resume in the application.

Eligibility Requirements:

Note: Cadets enrolled in Cadet Wings are not eligible for national activities until they complete the program or are disenrolled.

Possess the Mitchell at the time of application
Completed Encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
At least 16 by start of activity
Not 21 years old by end of activity
Have not previously attended COS

Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: 
Works well with cadets
Highly professional
Strong mentoring skills
Completed TLC (Basic, Intermediate or Advanced) preferred

Graduation 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 between Atlanta Airport (ATL) and the activity location.  

(Staff will arrive on X/XX/XXXX and depart on X/XX or X/XX/XXXX.)

Required Staff Training on XXXX at XXXX.

Activity Goal: 

The goal of COS is to contribute to the growth of Cadet officers as mature leaders and responsible citizens. COS is an introduction to strategic perspectives in leadership, consistent with the Cadet Program’s leadership education goals for Phase IV of the Cadet Program. Moreover, behind this goal is the belief that leadership is a multi‐disciplinary subject requiring academic study and continual self‐assessment. Michelangelo’s statement, “Ancora imparo” or, “I am still learning” serves as the school motto and underlines our belief that leadership education is a lifelong process.

Cadet Officer School is patterned after the USAF Squadron Officer School. The course is divided between lecture, seminar, and hands-on training. Instructors, both Civil Air Patrol and military, guide cadets through the Air Force's approach to the psychology of leadership, problem solving, effective writing, speaking, and group dynamics.  In addition to classes and seminars, a wide variety of top military and industry leaders come as guest speakers. Topics include human relations, critical thinking, leadership and national security.

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