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Welcome

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

*****WINTER & SUMMER CADET ACTIVITIES--updated 5 Mar 2021

Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on NCSAS.com, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. We still are receiving activity verifications daily and so the list is not yet complete. We post ads for the activities here at the same time they are added to the preference tab list in eServices. Encampment remains a requirement to apply. We will revisit this decision in spring after there is more information on Encampments.  If the requirement is removed, then we will change "late" date for registration so that preferences can be added without penalty. EServices Registration & Payment System is OPEN for applications for Summer 2021. Applications submitted in eServices through 20 Nov for winter and 15 Jan for 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 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. Those cadets who remain on alternate lists may be contacted at any time to fill a slot.

2021 Cancelled Activities 

Air Force Pararescue and Survival Orientation Courses (both locations)
Cadet Aviation Ground School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Cadet Officer School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Civic Leadership Academy
National Cadet Competition
International Air Cadet Exchange

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 4 March 2021, this activity has confirmed dates. ***

As of 31 Jan 2020, Cyber Defense Training Academy is redesignated Civil Air Patrol National Cyber Academy (CNCA) as part of a restructuring of cadet cyber offerings. The curriculum for the national activities was redesigned for summer 2020, which integrates cyber security certification standards into the career exploration courses and dovetail with the Cadet Program Cyber Module which is in production.  

Please look for other national-level cyber activity offerings available by entering “technology” in the “Category” filter on the NCSAS.com homepage.  Or go to cyber.cap.gov to take advantage of our partnership with Cisco NetAcad.  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 also 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.  

How to Apply: Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the ncsas.com homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System. Applicants will need to complete the application and upload the following documents in PDF format to the supplemental tab of their eServices application. All staff also 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 you have been selected. Applications will be accepted from 1 December to the date the activity starts. 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. In addition, accomplish the following:

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)Upload a cover letter to the "Supplemental document" section of the "Supplemental" tab of the eServices application addressed to the "Civil Air Patrol Cadet Cyber Team." Include: a)why you want to be considered for the activity(ies); b)specifics on whether you intend to seek a career in cyber or have experience; c)how you think the course would help you achieve career goals; and d)which course(s) you are using from the pre-requisite list to qualify you for selection to this course? If you apply to more than one activity requiring a supplemental document, be sure to include the activity name somewhere on the document. You will need to combine all supplements into one document before uploading. The system only retains the latest upload in each document area.

2)Upload a resume to the  "Supplemental" tab of the eServices application.  If you apply to more than one activity requiring a resume and want to upload targeted resumes for each, be sure to include the activity name in a goal statement at the beginning of the resume.  You will need to combine all resumes into one document before uploading.  The system only retains the latest upload in each document area.(See Learn to Lead Vol 2, Chapter for resume guidance.) 

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

Staff:

Cadets:

1)Upload a cover letter to the "Supplemental document" section of the "Supplemental" tab of the eServices application addressed 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? If you apply to more than one activity requiring a supplemental document, be sure to include the activity name somewhere on the document. You will need to combine all supplements into one document before uploading.  The system only retains the latest upload in each document area.

2)Upload a resume to the  "Supplemental" tab of the eServices application.  If you apply to more than one activity requiring a resume and want to upload targeted resumes for each, be sure to include the activity name in a goal statement at the beginning of the resume.  You will need to combine all resumes into one document before uploading.  The system only retains the latest upload in each document area.(See Learn to Lead Vol 2, Chapter for resume guidance.) 

3)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. 

Seniors: No additional instructions 

Eligibility Requirements: See specific course requirements below.

Cyber Operations Fundamentals Course: 

Participants:
Age 14 by activity start date United States citizen
Completed encampment and recorded in eServices by time of application
Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply Complete all preparatory assignments after initial selection

Must have successfully completed one of the following courses: 
1)Cyberspace Advanced Course,
2)Cyberspace Networking Course, 3)Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Advanced Course, OR
4)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,
3)Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Advanced Course, OR
4)Cisco Networking Academy "Introduction to CyberSecurity" AND "CyberSecurity Essentials" (from Learn-A-Thon)

Staff for either course:

Cadets: 
Be selected as a student for a CNCA course at same location Identify your desire to serve in a cadet staff role on the cover letter attached to your Eservices application

The cadets chosen will be cadet superintendent of their respective class. They will be in charge of upholding standards in the classroom and throughout the evening and will be expected to work with the Class Leader to develop and implement study sessions each night. The Class Superintendents must arrive in time to attend Required Staff Training.

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

Positions available: CNC Class Leader, COFC Class Leader, Safety Officer, and Admin Officer.

Class Leaders will be expected to supervise and participate in their classes during the academic day, and work with the cadet Superintendents to develop targeted study sessions each night for the rest of the students. Additionally, Class Leaders will be responsible for driving their classes to and from the classroom.  Preference will be given to those that have at least the equivalent Cyber/IT experience as is requested of the cadet students.

Safety and Admin Officers do not require any technical background, but should at least have a CAP driver’s license and a technician rating or higher in their respective specialty track.

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).

Required Staff Training on TBD at 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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