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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.

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.

Connect to our SmugMug photo repository to see cadets and senior members in action.   https://civilairpatrol.smugmug.com/National-Cadet-Special-Activities

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 event course numbers table to verify you are selecting the correct activity in the eServices application "Preferences" tab.  Activities will appear alphabetically in the event preferences list and include the course # listed in this table.  Download the searchable list of all event preference names and numbers from the "Helpful Links" section of the National Cadet Special Activities homepage which is linked here.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant
Course #    
Staff and Cadet Staff Participant
Course #    
Activity Full Name
Cyberspace Familiarization   371 372 Cyberspace Familiarization Course
Cyberspace Advanced  386 372 Cyberspace Advanced Course
Cyberspace Networking   404 372 Cyberspace Networking Course (Only Offered at CDTA- TX in 2019)

DATES ARE NOT CONFIRMED AS OF 2 JAN.  MAY BE A DAY EARLIER OR LATER.  WILL POST ONCE BASE CONFIRMS.

Contact for Activity:  cdta-tx@cap.gov
Activity Website (if applicable): 
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, including staff, 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. 

**New in 2019, go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and the Take-Off Program (TOP) in addition to our 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 https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/cadetinvest/ for more details.  Deadline to apply for scholarships and programs is also January 15th.

Participants: No additional application instructions specific to participants 

Staff:

Cadets: Apply in eServices and sumbit a CAP Resume.  Resume can be summary listing of activities participated in and level of responsibility.   Send resume to gantis@cap.gov. 

Seniors: A technician rating in Cadet Programs (Specialty 216) is required unless waived by the Activity Director. Although this is a technical activity, cyber knowledge is not a requirement for senior staff. 

Reservists: Use Sharepoint site to apply if you are CAP-USAFR. If activity is not listed on Sharepoint under National Activities, then days have not been allocated for it. Contact Cadet Programs Reserve Support Liaison at ofreeman.capusaf@gmail.com, if you would like to attend on CAT E status.  Support for this activity is a liaison mission rather than oversight.

Eligibility Requirements: See specific course requirements below
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 (SAT).  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 Cyber Defense Training Academy (CDTA) is CAP's official program for cadet cyber security education and training. The goal is to Increase cadet 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 from all over the world. They also receive basic and advanced training in cyber security concepts to help hone their skills for the upcoming CyberPatriot and other cyber defense competition year. Finally, cadets will test their skills in a 5-hour GRADuation EXercise (GRADEX) for the title of "Outstanding Team" in CDTA's Cyber Defense Competition. This year we will have three categories for cadets to apply:

  • Cyberspace Familiarization Course student 
  • Cyberspace Advanced Course student (CFC Graduates only)
  • Cyberspace Networking Course (CFC Graduates only)

Senior members and cadets are needed for staffs as well.  

Cyberspace Familiarization Course

Just like the Space Command and Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Courses; the Cyberspace Familiarization Course is an introduction into cyberspace operations conducted by the United States Air Force. Members from various units within the 24th Air Force will brief cadets on their roles as a "Cyberspace Operator" and share their experiences as a USAF Airman. Finally, the cadets will receive an introduction into Defensive Cyberspace Operations which includes: introduction into networks and operating systems, workstation and server fundamentals,  how to secure a system and mitigate threats. The course will conclude with a capstone activity called the Cyber Defense Competition where cadets will be ordered to secure a network of workstations from possible security breaches.  Our goal is to not only prepare cadets to effectively participate in competitions like CyberPatriot and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition but to usher in a new era of "Cyber Operators" not to train "Hackers." 

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants:

Open to all cadets under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen*
  • Currently attending 8th grade or higher (public, private, or home-school equivalent)
  • Possess the Wright Brothers when you apply
  • Must have encampment credit when you apply

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

Cyberspace Advanced Course

The Cyberspace Advanced Course is designed to instruct cadets on more advanced topics regarding cyber-security. Cadets will learn about cryptography, web technology security, how to setup and security Cisco based networks, intrusion detection systems, and basic mission planning. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants:

Open to all cadets under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen* (no exceptions)
  • Graduate from Cyberspace Familiarization Course
  • Competed in previous CyberPatriot or NCCDC competition

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

Cyberspace Networking Course

The Cyberspace Networking Course is designed to instruct cadets on more advanced topics regarding computer networking. Students will be immersed in networking theory and get the chance to build computer networks using physical networking devices.

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants:

 Open to all cadets under the following guidelines:

  • Must be active member in good standing w/ proper CAP ID card
  • United States Citizen* (no exceptions)
  • Graduate from Cyberspace Familiarization Course
  • Competed in previous CyberPatriot or NCCDC competition

 * Due to security requirements all cadets and support staff must be US Citizens

CDTA Staff

Eligibility Requirements: 

Cadets:

Graduated from one or more CDTA courses or can demonstrate equivalent skill/knowledge.
Cadet staff are not required to enroll in a course, although it is encouraged.
CDTA cadet staff members are highly-regarded cadets in the CAP cyber program..  Cadet staff are hand-picked by the Activity Director to ensure course participant cadets get the best leadership and mentorship CAP has to offer. The following positions are currently available:

  • Deputy Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • Flight Commander
  • Team Lead
  • Support Staff

Seniors:

Possess a technician rating in Cadet Programs (Specialty 216) unless waived by the Activity Director.
Although this is a technical activity, cyber knowledge is not a requirement for senior staff.
CDTA senior staff members are pivotal members ensuring the success of the summer NCSA. These members show a proficiency in their respective specialty tracks and are committed to ensure the cadets get the best training possible. The following positions are commonly available:

  • Deputy Activity Director
  • Chief of Staff (Executive Officer)
  • Director, Cyberspace Familiarization Course 
  • Director, Cyberspace Advanced Course 
  • Director, Cyberspace Networking Course
  • Information Training Officer
  • Administration / Personnel Officer-Registrar
  • Logistics Officer 
  • Public Affairs Officer 
  • Transportation Officer
  • Tactical Officer 
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