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          Brothers 282nd Aero Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol

CADET PROGRAMS

Civil Air Patrol's cadet program is designed to inspire the country's youth to become leaders and good citizens through their interest in aerospace. Civil Air Patrol works to develop youth through a 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 program. 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 throughout.

Cadets work their way through a series of achievements by completing leadership and aerospace studies and participating in the basic unit of CAP, the squadron. In addition to study and academic testing, cadets must participate in squadron activities, wear their uniform properly, and attend character development sessions. As they progress through the program cadets earn recognition, advanced grade, awards, uniform ribbons, and certificates. Cadets involved in the program have a unique opportunity to experience leadership and learn skills that will help in their life no matter what path they may choose.

Through their participation in Civil Air Patrol, cadets may become eligible for national or international special activities that allow them to explore their future career interests. For those attending college, a number of significant academic scholarships are available. Although membership in Civil Air Patrol does not obligate anyone to join the military, cadets with that career path in mind will enjoy advanced placement based on their experience as a cadet. Cadets that complete Phase II of the program and earn the General Billy Mitchell Award can choose to enter the Air Force at an advanced pay grade of E-3! Although not required, other branches of the armed forces often honor this advanced placement program in a similar manner.

Cadet Physical
              Fitness TestCivil Air Patrol cadets are first introduced to the program as they learn basic cadet principles from more experienced cadets. While adult officers provide continuous supervision, the goal of the cadet program is to allow cadets to learn from those that have gone through the program before them. Cadets learn about leadership and discipline, as well as Civil Air Patrol's customs and courtesies. They are introduced to the cadet physical fitness program and are assisted in setting personal fitness goals. After cadets gain the grade and experience necessary, they are promoted gradually to positions of leadership within the squadron. With these leadership positions, the cadets are given increased responsibility and authority within the cadet program. These leadership positions are where teens gain skills that will aid them the rest of their lives.

Cadet Drill TeamOne of the most popular activities of cadets is the Aerospace Education program. Cadets are eligible for orientation flights in both Civil Air Patrol and some military aircraft. Other activities include Emergency Services missions, first aid training, CPR, radio communications, summer encampments, survival training, model rocketry, etc. Within the squadron focus is placed on teamwork, team building, and cooperation. Advanced cadets are provided with the opportunity to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange where roughly 120 cadets and their adult escorts travel to one of some 20 foreign countries. In return, cadets from foreign lands visit the United States as guests of Civil Air Patrol. These trips promote goodwill and understanding among the world's youth who share a common interest in aviation.

For America to exploit the talents of bright, capable youth, today's young people must become good citizens willing to serve their community and contribute to something larger than themselves. CAP produces leaders who are first and foremost responsible citizens. Civil Air Patrol produces confident young leaders who think independently and persuade others in an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect. Former cadets can be found in leadership positions in the military, aerospace industry, public service and the professions. Take the first step to begin your Civil Air Patrol success story this week - visit a squadron meeting!

 

 

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