The cadet program provides motivated teenagers,
leadership, aerospace, physical and moral training with a unique opportunity to
acquire the skills they will need in their adult life. The cadet program is
largely run by the cadets and includes a wide variety of opportunities in
aerospace, communications, emergency services and other fields, leadership encampments, career and flight
academies, and other national activities during the summer as well as the opportunity to compete for college and aviation
scholarships. In New Jersey, the cadet program includes opportunities to work
at airshows, orientation flights with certified pilots and many community
service events, as well as squadron meetings and the annual basic encampment.
Cadets fly, learn to lead,
hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re a teen
dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, or trying to get
into the college of your choice, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you. It’s all about leadership!
CAP is not a
military or boarding school, but a youth development program
that incorporates aviation and military customs and
courtesies. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people
develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's leaders. The leadership
skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them
to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life.
To fulfill its goal of
developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the
Cadet Program is developed around five program elements: Leadership,
Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and
Activities. As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance
through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities
along the way.
Many former cadets have gone into the military,
government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a
difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that
were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate
executives, NASA engineers, astronauts, pilots and others credit their
success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them.