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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 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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