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Earhart Award

How to Become Eligible for Promotion

1.   General Advancement Pre-Requisites  (Ref: CAPR 60-1, 5.2.3)
Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
Be able to recite the Cadet Oath from memory.
Participate actively in unit meetings.
Have spent a minimum of 8 weeks (56 days) in Achievement 11, unless eligible for a JROTC accelerated promotion (see CAPR 60-1, 5.6.2.3).

2.   Leadership
Pass a comprehensive exam on Learn to Lead, volumes 1, 2, and 3, with a grade of 80% or higher, closed-book, within a 1-hour time limit. Because it is closed-book, the Mitchell Award exam is administered in the squadron. Talk with local leaders to schedule your exam.

3.   Aerospace:   
Pass a comprehensive exam on Aerospace Dimensions, all modules, with a grade of 80% or higher, closed-book, within a 1-hour time limit. Because it is closed-book, the Mitchell Award exam is administered in the squadron. Talk with local leaders to schedule your exam.

4.   Fitness: 
Have attained the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) in the Cadet Physical Fitness Test (CPFT), within the previous 180 days, under the "run plus 2 out of 3" rule. 

Healthy Fitness Zone - Males

Age

1-Mile

Pacer 
(20m laps)

Curl
Ups

Push
Ups

Sit & Reach
(avg. inches)

12

10.40

23

18

10

8

13

9.46

29

21

12

8

14

9.22

36

24

14

8

15

9.04

42

24

16

8

16

8.42

47

24

18

8

17

8.22

50

24

18

8

18 +

8.04

54

24

18

8

 

Healthy Fitness Zone - Females

Age

1-Mile

Pacer 
(20m laps)

Curl
Ups

Push
Ups

Sit & Reach
(avg. inches)

12

10.40

23

18

7

10

13

10.20

25

18

7

10

14

10.09

27

18

7

10

15

9.58

30

18

7

12

16

9.46

32

18

7

12

17

9.34

35

18

7

12

18 +

9.22

38

18

7

12

 

5.   Character:   
No requirement.

 

Leadership Expectations

Fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements above is only half the battle. You also need to show that you have some leadership skills. Look at the goals below and once in a while ask yourself how well you're doing in those areas.

 

Typical Duties Upon Promotion

Flight commander, cadet staff officer, cadet deputy commander, or cadet commander
 

Special Benefits

Earhart Award recipients are eligible to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange. Earhart Award recipients who become CAP senior members are eligible to enter at the grade of 1st Lt. 

 

Textbook Shipment

Unlike with the previous milestone awards, cadets do not receive a shipment of textbooks upon their earning the Earhart Award. Rather, they continue studying Aerospace: The Journey of Flight and study Learn to Lead, volume 4, via PDF. 
 


About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was a record-setting aviator and one of the first female heroes of aviation. In 1928 she became the first woman to achieve a solo trans-Atlantic flight. Outside the cockpit, Earhart was a leading figure of public life, a celebrity "Queen of the Air," a proponent of equal rights for women, an eloquent writer, and one of the key organizers of the Ninety-Nines, an association of female aviators. She disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin engine Lockheed Electra. Her disappearance is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. “The stars seemed near enough to touch and never before have I seen so many," she said after one of her record-setting flights. "I always believed the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, but I was sure of it that night.” 

 

Cadet Heritage Document

Handwritten note from Earhart's sister

Learn more about Amelia Earhart on the family's official website

 

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