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Today’s Cadets . . . Tomorrow’s Aerospace Leaders

Cadet Program – At a Glance

Mission: Transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders

Established: 1942

Age to Join: 12 through 18

Content Areas: Leadership, Aerospace, Fitness, Character

Total Cadets: 25,000

Locations: 1,000 hometown squadrons

Time Commitment: Ideally, cadets participate in a 2-hour squadron meeting each week, plus one “Saturday” event monthly and one week-long encampment in summer, but of course, school and family obligations take priority**

Costs: Annual dues of $25 – $60, depending upon location; some assistance is available with uniform costs and overnight activity fees; a fully-active cadet could incur $300 to $600 in costs during the first year, less any financial assistance

Military Obligation: None, but 8% of USAF Academy cadets are former CAP cadets

Annual Flying Hours: 25,000 hrs in single-engine aircraft; 12,000 glider sorties

New Hampshire Wing Cadet Programs

NH Wing Academies

Useful Cadet Links

How to Join Online

Help for New Cadets

New Cadet Kit

Curry Blues Voucher

Parents Information

Parent’s Guide to the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

Video Slideshow

For a visual overview of the CAP Cadet Program, please watch our Cadet Life video.

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