Cadet Programs is what sets the foundation for CAP cadets to be successful in the CAP careers and
beyond. Through CAP’s Cadet Program, young adults develop into responsible citizens and are inspired to become tomorrow’s
aerospace leaders. CAP teaches core values including integrity, volunteer service, excellence, respect, follower-ship, leadership
skills, teamwork, and much more. CAP strives to teach in a multitude of ways. Adult volunteers supervise the cadets and help
them develop leadership skills.
education and mentoring is an integral part of cadet development. Cadets use a series of texts from which they learn about
leadership, and drill & ceremonies. Cadets start with basic drill and followership, progress to leading small groups and
finish with leadership theory and organizational management. Cadets apply what they have learned in their texts by serving
on staffs at squadron, wing and region activities.
Character Development lessons discuss moral and ethical issues faced by cadets so that they will
develop a code of conduct based upon the Core Values that they use to guide themselves while in leadership positions and throughout
Physical Fitness promotes
a sound mind and sound body. Being in good physical condition helps cadets perform their leadership duties and perform at
various activities. Cadets are expected to show improving physical condition before each promotion and is tested by a combination
of defined events.
- give cadets a chance to apply what they have learned in other facets of the program to hands-on situations. Some activities
are run by a squadron (your unit), such as AE field trips, bivouacs (military word for camping) or participation in parades.
Groups or wings (states) may also run larger activities that welcome cadets from many squadrons. One of the most common activities
and perhaps the most important to the cadets is encampment.