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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. 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 6 June 2021

Please note activities that appear as "not scheduled" on, don’t have confirmed dates, but we are working to host the activity unless noted that the activity has cancelled. We posted the last activities on 29 April 2021. Encampment requirement is removed for some activities.  Look at the activity ad page to see if it is required.  We have removed the "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 and as activities fill vacancies after 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)
Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course (Patrick AFB, FL) (cancelled 6/7/2021)
Cadet Aviation Ground School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Cadet Officer School (cancelled 2/24/2021)
Civic Leadership Academy
National Cadet Competition
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy (Glider) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy (G-1000) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-GLR Johnson Flight Academy Powered (Week 2) (cancelled 5/5/2021)
NFA-NCR Powered Flight Academy (Fremont, NE) (cancelled 4/29/2021)
NFA-NER Glider Flight Academy (Fredericksburg, PA) (cancelled 5/1/2021)
International Air Cadet Exchange
PCR/RMR Honor Guard Academy (USAFA, CO Springs, CO) (cancelled 3/11/2021)


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. If you can't see the course number on your device, try changing the zoom on the page.

eServices Short Name Cadet Participant Course # Cadet & Senior Staff Participant Course # Activity Full Name
NFA-SWR 405 406

NFA-Southwest Region Glider Flight Academy

***As of 15 May 2021, this activity is local only and dates changed.  There is no overnight component  Because lodging is not available due to COVID-19 restrictions, only local cadets will be able to attend.  We look forward to brining this activity back in 2022."

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:
Activity Website (if applicable): TBD
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. In addition, accomplish the following: 

Participants: No additional application instructions


Cadets: No additional application instructions

Senior Members: No additional application instructions

Eligibility Requirements:

1)Encampment is NOT required for this activity
2)Age 14 by activity start date
3)BMI not to exceed 30; depending on glider craft used, there may be weight limitations to maintain weight and balance flying dual with an instructor
4)Start application for Student Pilot Certificate--Getting a Student Pilot Certificate is a multi-step process which typically takes 6-8 weeks.  Student pilot certificates issued after April 1, 2016 do not expire. If you currently hold a certificate which will expire before 31 Aug 2020, you need to get a new one issued. There is no charge to create an account and begin the certificate application process. Go to to create an account and begin application. Go to for help on creating account and applying for a student pilot certificate. If selected to attend, you will have to provide copy of your student pilot certificate to activity staff by the 31 March initial deposit date.
5)For powered academy, to be eligible to solo, you must hold a valid Third Class Medical Certificate (for a list of Aviation Medical Examiners--AMEs--in your area, go to
6)Hold a government issued photo identification card (driver's license or photo identification card issued by your state or federal government - not a school ID card)
7)If you are slotted for the activity, you will need provide proof of citizenship.  A list of acceptable documents is listed in Code of Federal Regulations: Title 49:Subtitle B: Chapter XII: Subchapter C; § 1552.3(h).  Please follow this link for information regarding why you must bring ORIGINAL  and/or UNEXPIRED identification to the academy.  If you are not a US citizen, please contact the activity director when you are slotted for the information to provide in order to participate.

Cadets: N/A

Senior Members: Opportunities for those with cadet supervision, primary flight instruction, mission administration, and/or mission operations experience

Graduation 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 between TBD and the activity location.

Required Staff Training on TBD at TBD.

Activity Goal:

The goal of the National Flight Academies is to give cadets an opportunity to receive instruction from an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Participants in glider flight academies receive “hands on” flight time learning the basics of flying a glider aircraft, ground instruction, and the opportunity to work the flight line doing launch and recovery operations. At these glider flight academies, all the basic to advanced skills and ground instruction leading toward your private glider rating are included. Additionally, cadets get the opportunity to work with aviation professionals, civilian and military, who share their expertise on how to prepare for a career as an aviator.  For those interested in a career as a pilot, this is your first step towards a private pilot certificate and could help you achieve one item on the Cadet Wings "ideal candidate" list if you solo!

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