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Cadet Programs

Welcome, parents and families. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. CAP is the volunteer, nonprofit auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Its three missions are to develop its cadets, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform life-saving, humanitarian missions.

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Outcomes Youth Achieve as Cadets

Leadership Training:   a thoughtful approach to problem solving & practical skills for leading in a diverse world

Aerospace Education:  familiarity with aerospace sciences and cyber, plus awareness of career options

Fitness Education:  lifelong habit of regular exercise and a commitment to a drug-free lifestyle

Character Education:  a personal code of honor and the moral reasoning skills to make tough decisions


Highlights of CAP’s Annual Cadet Survey 2020 

Source:  CAP Annual Cadet Survey, December 2020, 1,972 cadet respondents and 1,632 parent respondents 

97%  “CAP has been a turning point in my life.” 
96%  “I’ve started to think more about my future because of CAP.” 
87%  “I do things at CAP I can’t do anywhere else.” 
82%  “I earn As & Bs at school”   

Cadets Career Interest

81%  “I am interested in a military career.” 
76%  “I am interested in an aviation career.” 
65%  “I am interested in a STEM career.”   


95%  “My cadet has become better at taking feedback.” 
92%  “As a parent, I’ve seen improvements in my cadet’s overall attitude.” 
78%  “As a parent, my cadet’s performance at school has improved.” 


Video Slideshow

For a visual overview of the CAP Cadet Program, please watch our Cadet Life video.

Cadet Life


Pamphlet Download 

For details about the Cadet Program, please see our Parents' Guide. 

Parents' Guide


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