Cadet Programs

 
The Cadet Program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders.  CAP accomplishes its Congressionally-mandated Cadet Program through a curriculum of leadership, aerospace, fitness and  character.  The program follows a military model and emphasizes Air Force traditions and values.  Today's cadets are tomorrow's aerospace leaders.
 
The Florida Wing Cadet Programs Directorate (FLWG/CP) oversees implementation of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program throughout the State of Florida.  The Florida Wing Cadet Programs team is focused on providing information, support, and assistance to groups and squadrons throughout Florida that enables better execution of the Cadet Programs mission.  FLWG/CP supports the Cadet Program by dissemination of information, helping to recruit personnel to assist in the establishment of new cadet units, providing assistance to new cadet units, administering wing wide cadet activities, and overseeing the implementation of the Drug Demand Reduction program.

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 traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.