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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
Cadet Officer School 204 205 Cadet Officer School
Contact for Activity: 
Activity Website (if applicable):

Cadet Officer School is patterned after the USAF Squadron Officer School and is an academically challenging course for cadets 16 and older.  COS is an in-depth study of the skills of leadership.  The course is divided between lecture, seminar, and hands-on training.

Instructors guide cadets through the Air Force approach to the psychology of leadership, problem solving techniques, 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 to discuss their experiences with the cadets.  Topics include human relations, critical thinking, leadership and national security issues.

COS Student Page

Cadet Requirements
1.  Possess the Mitchell at the time of application
2.  At least 16 by start of activity
3.  Not 21 years old by end of activity
4.  Have not previously attended COS

 Cadet Staff Requirements
1.  Graduated from COS

Senior Staff Requirements
1.  Works well with cadets
2.  Highly professional
3.  Strong mentoring skills
(Staff will arrive on 23 June 2019 and departs on 7 July)

Application Procedures
Apply through the Registration and Payment Menu in eServices.  
Use this link to "Apply Online."

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