Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

Cadet Programs - Overview

The mission of the cadet program is to "transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders." This is accomplished through emphasis on 4 content areas that include: leadership, aerospace, character and fitness. 

Our Squadron prides itself in maintaining and active, diverse and comprehensive cadet program that provides cadets with opportunities for growth and learning.

Quick Facts About Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs

Attracts more than 25,000 members ages 12 through 20 for participation in its cadet programs.
 Educates youth in four main program areas — leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character development.
▲ Enriches school curricula through after-school programs.
 Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, as well as flight training scholarships.
 Provides activities and competitions for cadets at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
 Makes opportunities for community involvement available through color guard/drill team and emergency service missions.
 Challenges youth to be ambassadors for a drug-free lifestyle.
▲ Exposes thousands of cadets to cyber defense careers through CyberPatriot, the Air & Space Forces Association National Youth Cyber Security Competition.
 Accounts for about 10% of the cadets who make up each of the U.S. Air Force Academy's classes.
 Enables cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award to enlist in the Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Coast Guard at a higher pay grade.
 Participates in the International Air Cadet Exchange program.
 Awards college scholarships in several disciplines.