Welcome to Delaware Wing Cadet Programs!


Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy travelling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still, others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Cadet Program Element

To fulfil its mission, the Cadet Program is organized around four main program elements: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. A fifth element – activities – offers cadets a venue for putting the four main elements into practice. Generally speaking, to advance in their program and earn awards, cadets must complete one task for each program element per achievement.

- The goal of the Cadet Program’s leadership element is to develop in cadets the ability to think independently and lead others in an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect.

Aerospace - The goals of the Cadet Program’s aerospace education element are to inspire in youth a love of aviation, space, and technology; provide them with a foundation in aerospace’s scientific principles; and introduce them to aerospace career opportunities.

Fitness - The goal of the Cadet Program’s fitness element is to develop in cadets a habit of regular exercise.

Character - 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.  CAP challenges all cadets to become ambassadors of the drug-free ethic.

Activities - The goals of the Cadet Program’s activities element are for cadets to apply their leadership skills, explore aerospace careers and display their overall enthusiasm for the cadet ethic.

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