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Cadet ProgramsWelcome, 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.

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

82% of cadets earn B’s or better at school

76% “strongly believe” in community service

72% interested in military service

65% interested in aviation careers

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

to the CAP Cadet Program

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