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Becoming a Cadet Member of CAP

Are you interested in making new friends, or would you like to bring your friends along for an adventure? Would you like to be a part of something positive, exciting and nation-wide but still connected to your community? Are you interested in the kind of leadership and technology that make for amazing jobs in the future? Would you like to honor and serve your local community, state and nation? If two or more of these interests you, it's seriously time to consider cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol - because you are destined for success and we can help get you there.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round activity where Cadets learn leadership skills, hike, camp, fly, get physically fit, and push themselves to new heights. Joining is extremely low cost - and our local Squadron 13 may be able to provide assistance to assist a motivated Cadet to initially join. The experiences a Cadet will gain by participating in the CAP is priceless! Cadets who perform well and promote within ranks are even potentially competitive for CAP scholarships for other educational activities. If you are considering (and even dreaming about) a career in technology, aviation, space, leadership or the military, the CAP Cadet Program is definitely for you!

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and younger than 19. (18 and older prospective members may join the Senior Member group of the CAP). Cadets usually meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average. Cadets also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other fun and exciting activities during the summer. Our cadets are from diverse backgrounds and have unique interests but come together in a truly special and powerful way. Weather our Cadets are varsity football players, dancers or musicians in their away time from School and CAP, they are all CAP Cadets and benefit from a truly unique experience and future this association brings.

Former CAP Cadet Nicole Malachowsky summarizes the important points well, noting how pivotal being a Cadet was to her (and her later groundbreaking, successful career).

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