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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 # (Including Cadet Staff) 
Staff Participant 
Course # (Seniors Only)
Activity Full Name
E-TECH Academy 219 220 Engineering Technologies Academy
Contact for Activity:
Activity Website (if applicable): 
How to Apply:

Use the "Apply Online" link here or on the homepage to connect you to eServices' Registration and Payment System.  Applicants 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. 

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Cadets: Preference given to those who have attended and graduated from E-tech but not required.  Send email to Activity Contact listed above 
Senior Members: 

Graduation Requirements: 

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


Activity Staff will provide transportation to and from TBD
Required Staff Training: TBD

Activity Goal:

At Middle Tennessee State University, a major comprehensive institution just outside of Nashville, you’ll be introduced to several aerospace and engineering disciplines by completing hands-on projects and learning from professors whose work has garnered national and world-wide notice. The MTSU Aerospace faculty represents a broad range of experience and education. Most faculty are pilots in addition to having a field of specialization. The faculty members are widely recognized and respected within the industry for their knowledge and experience. They are also well known for their willingness to work with and advise students, giving these students the benefit of their real world and real life experience.

Do you want to pursue careers in engineering technology?  Are you interested in cutting-edge aerospace technologies?  Are you considering becoming an engineer, but you’re unsure of your aptitude, or even what engineers do? If that sounds like you, then you should attend “E-Tech.”


MTSU’s Aerospace Department is has grown into one of the most respected aerospace programs in the nation. Fifteen full-time faculty members, 35 flight instructors, and over 700 majors places it among the largest of the nation's collegiate aviation programs. Students from 32 states and 16 foreign countries have been drawn to study here. Aerospace graduates hold responsible positions with companies throughout the United States and Internationally. During your visit, you will sample:

  • Unnamed aircraft systems orientation: MTSU’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration, within the B.S. in Aerospace degree, is the first of its kind in the state and one of only a handful in the United States. You’ll see these aircraft and learn about this program.
  • Pilot training orientation: Growing out of WWII pilot training on campus, MTSU's Aerospace department has become one of the nation's largest and most respected collegiate aviation programs. You’ll learn about MTSU’s program and view its fleet of aircraft, including a 727.
  • Aerospace technology orientation: MTSU's Aerospace department has become one of the nation's largest and most respected collegiate aviation programs. Whether you want to learn to fly the planes or to keep them safe both in the air and on the ground, there's no better place for your career to approach take off.

Engineering Technology:

MTSU's Engineering Technology program excels at placing students in contact with industry professionals in a stimulating and encouraging environment in which to acquire and test the skills and knowledge they will need after college. When it comes to engineering technology, classroom discussion can only go so far in exposing students to the challenges posed by the real world.

  • Mechatronics Engineering: The new degree program is on the cutting edge of a fast-growing industry. Jobs are waiting for engineers to design and enhance robotics and automated systems. You will learn how the design process of mechatronics combines mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering along with systems integration and technical project management. 
  • Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP): You will learn how this program comprises four different undergraduate research projects. From moonbuggies and solar boats to SAE Formula One and SAE Mini Baja racing, you will see how our teams take part in national and even global competitions while gaining valuable experience on how to work in a collaborative environment.

College of Basic and Applied Sciences:

You will sample the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at MTSU (CBAS), which is a diverse set of departments that includes the basic sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Mathematics, and Computer Science as well as Aerospace, Agriculture, Concrete Industry Management, Engineering Technology, Geosciences, and Military Science.


Information about activity:

Read the E-Tech article in CAP News about past session at Auburn University
View Aerospace Department website at this year’s host site, Middle Tennessee State University
View Engineering Technology Department at this year’s host site, Middle Tennessee State University

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