Civil Air Patrol Coastal Composite Squadron

Do you want to fly?   Do you want to honor and serve America? 

For patriots ages 12 and up, Civil Air Patrol is a vital force that protects Americans in need by responding to disaster and preserves the values that make our country great by developing young leaders, and ensures our countries preeminence in aerospace and cyberspace education.

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.


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Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, 
Civil Air Patrol.

You’ll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy:
  • Military Style Leadership
  • Serving Your Community
  • Flying and Aerospace
  • Leadership Training
  • Model Rocketry
  • Teambuilding
  • Hiking & Camping
  • Earning Rank & Awards
  • Search & Rescue
  • Humanitarian Missions
  • Exploring Aviation Careers
  • Making Friends

Benefits of Cadet Life:
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Test-fly potential careers
  • Solidify your moral values
  • An opportunity to serve
  • Succeed in school

The Cadet Oath:
I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my 
education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of 
service to my community, state and nation.


Questions?
How old do I have to be?
You must be at least 12 but not yet 19 to join as a cadet. CAP also offers opportunities for adults.

How much time do I have to commit? 
On average, cadets meet one night a week for 2.5 hours and enjoy special events at least one Saturday each month. In summer, you can attend a week-long camps such as Encampment.

Are cadets required to join the military? 
As a cadet, you are never obligated to join the military, but 10% of all Air Force Academy cadets got their start in CAP.

Who supervises the cadets? 
Adult volunteer CAP Senior Members, fingerprinted and screened by the FBI, chaperone all cadet activities.

Great! I want to Sign Up, How?
  1. Prospective cadets will first visit the squadron. We welcome you to attend any of weekly Squadron meetings.
  2. We request prospective cadets attend at least three meetings, and have a parent or guardian to make at least one brief, in-person visit to the squadron. At the third meeting, please ask for the unit charter number for your application from any Senior Member.
  3. After your third visit, apply online using our Online Cadet Member Application system at https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.MembershipSystem.Web/CadetOnlineApp.aspx and enter the Coastal Composite Squadron unit charter number provided to you.
  4. Upon the application approval, the system will send the prospective cadet an email announcing the good news and providing helpful advice on how to get started in CAP. 
  5. Cadets who are rejoining CAP after a break in service and applicants who are not US citizens can apply for membership only via the CAPF 15 paper copy process.
Getting Started:

Upon joining you will be mentored and trained along your way to success. You will be assigned to "Tango Flight" our Cadet training squadron which is focused on quickly getting new cadets up to speed. You will receive training materials in your new member package, however to get started today click on the site below for more information.  You should download the "New Cadet Guide" and become familiar with as soon as possible.