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Medal of Honor Character Lessons


The goal of the Cadet Program's character element is to develop in cadets an ability to think critically about moral and ethical issues, and the commitment to live CAP's Core Values.   The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has put together an outstanding character development program, Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice.  This resource has 50+ lessons that provide cadets with opportunities to explore the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity, and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.

The lessons found in the Medal of Honor curriculum may be used to supplement the usual character forums at squadron meetings.  These lessons will count towards monthly contact hour, but do not count towards the character requirement for cadet advancement.

The materials may be accessed for free at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society by creating an account.  There is a Character Development online training program for leaders available, also free of charge.


Frequently Asked Questions

Recommended Lessons:

The Medal of Honor curriculum was developed as resource for teachers in schools.  Chaplains and CDIs are welcome to use any of the lessons in the curriculum, but the lessons below have been selected as being particularly relevant to cadets and easy to adapt to CAP’s weekly meeting structure.  You'll need to create an account to access the lesson plans.

Start with the Medal of Honor: In Their Own Words video.



Citation Investigation

Defining Citizenship

The Color of Character

What Can I Do?

Integrity in Decision Making

An Unlikely Hero

Exploration of Commitment

Overcoming Obstacles

We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

If You Want to Change the World

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Last Update: 1 February 2023

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