The CAP Cadet Program inspires the country’s youth to become leaders and good citizens through their interest in aviation and community service.

Through studies and other activities, cadets progress through achievements that include special activities, aerospace education, leadership programs, moral leadership, and physical fitness.

As cadets progress they earn increased rank, awards or certificates. They may become eligible for CAP national or international special activities and compete for academic and flying scholarships.

Upon completion of their initial training phase, cadets receive the General Billy Mitchell Award, which entitles them to enter the Air Force as an airman first class, should they chose to enlist.

CAP cadets also compete favorably for AFROTC scholarships and USAF Academy appointments.

The program is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents of the United States, and its territories and possessions. Cadets in the program are 12 to 18 years old.

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