range of exciting annual opportunities, including foreign travel with the International Air
Cadet Exchange; engineering challenges with
the Air elite Silver Flag activity; a visit
to power brokers in Washington, D.C.,
through the Civic Leadership Academy; survival training at Hawk Mountain Ranger
School; air show participation at Blue Beret,
conducted annually at the Experimental Aircraft Oshkosh AirVenture; and
leadership instruction at Cadet Officer
School, conducted at CAP National Headquarters.
And why wait until old enough to
drive a car when you can fly at age 14 and
learn how to do it with CAP?
Besides the fun stuff, cadets are
essential to everyday operations. During
search-and-rescue missions, they help staff
radio communications and work side-by-side
with senior members on ground teams. They
also provide services such as crowd control
and transportation at air shows and other
In times of disaster, it is CAP cadets who
are on-site to check on local residents, provide
necessities like water and assist the American
The curiosity and work of one cadet interested in radio communications led to the
development of cell phone forensics. Now a
senior member, Maj. Justin Ogden is credited
with the share of CAP saves in recent
years for his ability to locate missing persons
based on their latest cell phone activity.
CAP cadets have saved lives with skills
learned at squadron meetings. They have
authored books on veterans, almost intuitively
learned complex computing technology, grown
up to become astronauts and excelled as leaders
across the board.
It is CAP cadets who lay the wreaths on the
tombs of fallen veterans as part of Wreaths
Across America and who march in color guards
at local ceremonies and parades.
It is CAP cadets who are the future.
Nearly 4,300 ground team members work hand-in-hand with over 9,000
aircrew personnel to get the job done. Cadets account for 46 percent 1,952
of ground team members.
Every December Civil Air Patrol members across the nation lay evergreen
wreaths at gravesites and monuments at hundreds of cemeteries
and memorial sites in all 50 states and some foreign countries. CAP has
participated in Wreaths Across America since 2006.
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