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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

*****CORONAVIRUS & SUMMER CADET ACTIVITIES--posted 27 March 2020

Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance about the Coronavirus as we approach summer and “high season” for overnight cadet activities including encampments, flight academies, the International Air Cadet Exchange, and other National Cadet Special Activities. We will do our best to make the decision to proceed with or cancel the activity approximately 45 days out. If an activity cancels, staff will notify participants, and we will indicate the cancellation on the activity's advertisement page here in the NCSAS.com listing.  In light of the many factors affecting a family's decision to attend an NCSA or not, CAP will refund the tuition, including the typically non-refundable deposit, in full this year regardless of reason for withdrawing from an activity.

NCSA AIR TRAVEL. 

We know that families typically try to purchase airline tickets several weeks in advance for cadet activities so that they may obtain the lowest rates. For now, we suggest that families not purchase airline tickets. We’ll keep families, adult volunteers, and host wings informed about our plans for summer cadet activities over the next several weeks as the situation develops.

NCSA REGISTRATION.

Cadets who have been offered “primary” slots at NCSAs, please accept or decline by the previously announced deadline(s).

Cancelled Activities

International Air Cadet Exchange
National Cadet Competition

Please follow instructions from activity staff for refund of payments to include the deposit.

ANY change made to applications after 15 Jan result in everything applied for being marked late.  For those interested in cyber activities, see "Civil Air Patrol National Cyber Academy" in the list for details on how to indicate your interest in attending. It will not affect your eServices ontime applications.

EServices Registration & Payment System is open for applications for Summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices through 15 Jan are considered "On-Time" and will be given priority placement into "primary" status. Use this "Apply Online" link to access the application site on eServices. Notifications of winter placements go out by mid-December. Spring placements are as outlined on their advertisement on this site. Notifications for summer applicants will go out on or about 1 March. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists 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 ncsas.com 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
Cyberspace Ops

438

372 Cyberspace Operations Fundamentals Course
Cyberspace Networking   404 372 Cyberspace Networking Course

As of 31 Jan 2020, Cyber Defense Training Academy has been redesignated Civil Air Patrol National Cyber Academy (CNCA) as part of a restructuring of cadet cyber offerings. The curriculum for the national activities is being redesigned for summer 2020, which will integrate cyber security certification standards into the career exploration courses and dovetail with the Cadet Program Cyber Module which is in production.  At this time, dates and locations are secured.  Registration is opening shortly, read instructions in "How to Apply" below.

Please look for other national-level cyber activity offerings available now by entering “technology” in the “Category” filter on the NCSAS.com homepage.  Please note that CAP will host AFA CyberPatriot Basic and Advanced Camps, but these will have local registration.  If your wing or region would like to be a CyberPatriot camp host, go to cyber.cap.gov for information. Your region or wing may offer other cyber career familiarization activities, and so check local sites!

Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), needs-based financial assistance, and 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.  

Contact for Activity: cnca-tx@cap.gov
Activity Website (if applicable): https://www.facebook.com/civilairpatrolcyber/
How to Apply:

Because these activities were added after the priority placement timeline closed, we will be using a different registration process. For cadet participants and cadet staff, registration will be two-part: an opportunity to indicate your interest in attending, and then eServices registration. All senior member 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 November onward.

Participants: 

1)Submit this form no later than 14 March to indicate your interest in participating in the courses offered this summer.

2)Upload a cover letter using this Dropbox file request link. and address it to the "Civil Air Patrol Cadet Cyber Team." Detail why you want to be considered for the activity(ies). Address specifics on whether you intend to seek a career in cyber or have experience.  How do you think the course would help you achieve career goals? 

3)Upload a resume using this Dropbox file request link.(See Learn to Lead Vol 2, Chapter for resume guidance.) 

4)Use the following for the naming convention for your documents: LastName_CAPID_DocumentName.  For example, Smith_623476_Resume.

5)You will be contacted by 15 March as to whether you are accepted into the courses or not. Once accepted, you will be required to add the activity to your EServices NCSA application in "Registration and Payment" module of eServices which routes your CAPF 60-81 electronically for approval of unit and wing commanders.

Staff:

Cadets:

1)Submit this form no later than 14 March to indicate your interest in participating in the courses offered this summer.

2)Upload a cover letter using this Dropbox flie request link. and address it to the "Civil Air Patrol Cadet Cyber Team." Detail why you want to be considered for the activity(ies). Address specifics on whether you intend to seek a career in cyber or have experience.  How do you think the course would help you achieve career goals? 

3)Upload a resume using this Dropbox flie request link.(See Learn to Lead Vol 2, Chapter for resume guidance.) 

4)Use the following for the naming convention for your documents: LastName_CAPID_DocumentName.  For example, Smith_623476_Resume. You will be contacted by 15 March as to whether you are accepted into the courses or not. 

5)Once accepted, you will be required to add the activity to your EServices NCSA application in "Registration and Payment" module of eServices which routes your CAPF 60-81 electronically for approval of unit and wing commanders.

Seniors: No additional instructions 

Reservists: If this activity interests you, please see if it is listed on the CAP-USAF SharePoint site. If SharePoint is not available or this activity is not listed, contact your Liaison Region Commander to see if this activity needs CAP-USAF support.  Your duties may include coordination and liaison tasks.  You may be required to attend online/teleconference staff meetings prior to the activity start date and be integrated into the staff during execution.  You will receive additional guidance via your LR concerning execution of man-days or points and the process to support CAP activities.  If additional assistance is required, contact Mr. Mike Tyynismaa at CAP-USAF HQs. michael.tyynismaa.1@us.af.mil.

Eligibility Requirements: See specific course requirements below.

Cyber Operations Fundamentals Course: 

Participants:
Age 14 by activity start date
Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply

Must have successfully completed one of the following courses: 
1)Cyberspace Advanced Course,
2)Cyberspace Networking Course, OR3)Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Advanced Course
4)or earned the Advanced Cadet Cyber Badge

Cyberspace Networking Course:

Participants:
Age 15 by activity start date
Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply

Must have successfully completed one of the following courses: 
1)Cyberspace Familiarization Course,
2)Cyberspace Advance Course, OR
3)Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Advanced Course

Staff for either course:

Cadets: 
Age 14 by activity start date
Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply

Have successfully completed one of the following courses: 
1)Cyberspace Advanced Course,
2)Cyberspace Networking Course, OR
3)Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Advanced Course

Seniors: A technician rating in Cadet Programs (Specialty 216) is desired. Although this is a technical activity, cyber knowledge is not a requirement for senior staff. Cyber instructors or professionals also welcome to apply.

Graduation Requirements: 

Complete 80% of the activity requirements 
Must complete GRADEX
Actively participate in 80% of the contact hours and not dismissed early for behavior issues
Activity Director determines course objectives met

Travel:

Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from San Antonio International Airport (KSAT).  If arriving by bus, may be able to accommodate, but must coordinate with activity staff prior making initial deposit. 

Required Staff Training: TBD

Activity Goal:

The Cadet Cyber National Cadet Special Activities is a collection of cyber security career exploration and training courses. The goal is to Increase cyber security knowledge and awareness and to forge a lifelong passion for cyber security. During our summer NCSA, cadets receive daily briefings from various USAF Cyber Operations units.  They also receive advanced training in cyber security concepts to help hone their skills for CyberPatriot and other cyber defense competitions. Finally, cadets begin work towards cyber security certification.

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