CAP Cadet Programs
The Cadet Program's Mission & Goals
The mission of the Broome Tioga Squadron Cadet Program and all Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs
is to provide the youth of our nation with a
quality program that enhances their leadership skills through an interest in aviation, and
simultaneously provide service to the United States Air Force and the local community.
The Cadet Program permits every cadet to :
- develop self-discipline, teamwork, and confidence through the study and practice of leadership in an Air Force environment;
- develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for understanding aerospace principles and the total impact of aerospace power upon society;
- participate in a variety of special activities and programs;
- develop a personal ethical foundation and an understanding of the moral issues of our time through discussion and debate; and
- become physically fit and develop a lifelong habit of regular exercise.
Through study and performance, cadets work through a series of achievements and milestone awards. As cadets progress, they advance in grade, increase the scope of their leadership responsibilities, earn awards, and become eligible for nationally-sponsored special activities and scholarships. For a historical perspective on the cadet program please read "Civil Air Patrol Historical Note The Cadet Program" by Lt Col Leonard A. Blascovich, CAP Member of the CAP National Historical Committee.
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Five elements comprise the Cadet Program :
The goal of the Cadet Programís leadership element is to develop in cadets the ability to think independently and lead others in an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect. CAP introduces youth to Air Force perspectives on leadership through self-paced study, classroom instruction and hands-on opportunities to apply leadership principles to real-world challenges within the Cadet Corps.
Leadership is one of the three ways that CAP helps you become a better person. CAP is built on leadership and followership. Leaders need good communication skills, situational awareness, the ability to organize, and have a good understanding of the ethics of command. Another vital skill of a leader is the ability to follow. CAP teaches good leadership through:
- Team Building Activities Challenges, obstacle courses and team efforts require cadets to work as a team. These activities allow cadets to explore and develop their leadership skills. As a cadet's responsibilities increase, so does their skill level, and leaders rise to the challenge.
- Public Speaking Being able to speak in front of a crowd, whether it is an impromptu speech or giving orders or directions is an important skill for leaders. Leaders must be able to communicate.
- Drill Drill is all about teamwork and leadership. The Drill Sergeant leads the flight while the cadets work together to be one flight and one team. Think of it like playing a flute, except not alone, but executing the music with perfection and in time with the rest of the orchestra.
2 Aerospace Education
The goals of the Cadet Program's aerospace education element is to inspire in youth a love of aviation, space, and technology; provide them with a foundation in aerospace's scientific principles; and introduce them to aerospace career opportunities. For those young adults who need no convincing, CAP offers an outlet for this motivation, and through association with members and participation in external programs, find direction for careers later in life.
Learning about aerospace is a primary focus of CAP. In addition to classes there are flight simulators, orientation flights (back seat and hands on), building and launching rockets and building and flying r/c models. There are also programs for earning your pilot license.
3 Physical Fitness
The goal of the Cadet Program's physical fitness element is to develop in cadets a habit of regular exercise and self discipline.
To succeed in life, you're going to need strength, flexibility, and endurance to meet all the challenges of being a cadet in the Air Force Auxiliary, as well as the challenges of life. The physical training you accomplish as a cadet will also improve your self-confidence, build teamwork, and instill in you a sense of determination. The goal of the cadet physical fitness program is to make you physically fit and to motivate you to develop a lifelong habit of exercising regularly.
PT tests are required for promotion, cadets also find them competitive and fun.
4 Character Development
The goal of the Cadet Program's character development element is to foster in cadets a commitment to live CAP's Core Values by showing the advantages of ethical principles, as they apply to life. These principles are discussed in a debate like format, led by the unit Chaplain, and have become some of the most looked forward to classes the unit holds. Additionally, CAP encourages all members to participate in activities that promote a drug-free ethic.
The goals of the Cadet Program's activities element are for cadets to apply their leadership skills, explore aerospace careers and display their overall enthusiasm for the cadet ethic.
There are a wide variety of activities that cadets participate in. Some are as simple as cleaning and painting the Squadron's building. Others are much more complex, like assisting with the Binghamton Air Show. Also cadets can take advantage of State and National level activities. These activities usually occur over an entire week at locations all over the country. The national activities focuses span from wilderness survival, high tech search systems to aerospace careers exploration.
Other activities are not scheduled. Officers and cadets who are certified may be called upon during emergencies. This could include search and rescue missions in their community area. They could be involved in ground team efforts such as using electronic equipment to locate downed aircraft, communicating and coordinating with search aircraft and making initial on site surveys. Cadets prepare for these missions by developing survival skills, map and compass use, first aid, situational awareness and woodsmanship.
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