Director- Lt Col John Lierenz, CAP 

While there are many youth-oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  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.

 Director of Cadet Programs  Lt Col John Lierenz
 Deputy Director of Cadet Programs/CAC Mentor  Major Victor Kyler
 Wing DDRO  Vacant
 Wing Cadet Advisory Council Chair (2017-2018)  C/1lt Noure Sydney

Today’s cadets are tomorrow’s aerospace leaders. Through its Cadet Program, Civil Air Patrol has been transforming youth into responsible citizens since 1942. To achieve its overall goals, the Cadet Program is organized around four main program elements:
- Leadership

Eligibility:  Cadets Aged 12 through 20, though some younger students participate if their school sponsors a squadron. 

Adult Leaders: The adults who mentor the cadets are unpaid volunteers who have been fingerprinted and screened by the FBI.

Curriculum: Cadets complete tasks in each program area to earn promotions and awards. A self-paced program, cadets must study, pass written tests, exercise regularly, and demonstrate their commitment to the Core Values.

Military Commitment: Although the Air Force provides most of CAP’s funding, cadets are not obligated to join the military. However, 10% of the cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy got their start in CAP.

Civil Air Patrol develops youth through self-paced study of the art of leadership. Cadets learn how to lead through formal classroom instruction and a laboratory of hands-on experience where they apply leadership principles to real-world challenges within the cadet corps.

Through a graduated curriculum, cadets first learn to follow, then to lead small groups, and ultimately experience command and executive-level leadership, earning cadet grade and honors along the way. Topics include how to think critically, communicate effectively, make decisions, motivate and manage conflict. Self-discipline and teamwork are emphasized.

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