​​​​​BETHESDA-CHEVY  CHASE  COMPOSITE  SQUADRON 

Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

Cadet Programs- Overview

B-CC has a long history of producing quality leaders through it's Cadet Program. While focusing on CAP's Core Values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, cadets learn valuable leadership skills that they can use throughout the rest of their lives. Upon completion of the Squadron's Delayed Entry Program and Basic Training Cycle, cadets have the ability to participate in a number of training opportunities to include Encampment, National Cadet Special Activities, Color Guard, Honor Guard, Drill Team, and CyberPatriot. 

B-CC's program is structured into three phases. The first includes being part of the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) where prospective cadets are introduced to Civil Air Patrol and complete the necessary administrative tasks required to become registered members of the organization. 

Cadets then enter the Basic Training Cycle (BTC) which typically takes approximately 8 weeks to complete. This is where the foundation of their cadet careers will be laid. Here Basic Cadets are taught the basic concepts and skills they need to be successful in their cadet careers. This includes Drill and Ceremonies, Uniform Wear, CAP History, Customs and Courtesies, and the Chain of Command. Upon completion of the program and the requirements for the Curry Achievement, Basic Cadets will graduate, promoting to the grade of Cadet Airman, and join either Alpha Flight or Bravo Flight. 



Quick Facts About Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs


​​​▲  Attracts more than 24,000 members ages 12 through 20.

▲  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.

▲  About 10 percent of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s new classes are made up of former CAP cadets.

 Cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award enlist in the Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast

      Guard at a higher pay grade.

▲  Provides activities and competitions for cadets at the local, state, regional and national levels.

▲  Participates in the International Air Cadet Exchange program. 

 Awards college scholarships in several disciplines.

 Makes opportunities for community involvement available through color guard/drill team and

      emergency service missions.

▲  Explores STEM careers through aviation, space and technology focused activities.

▲  Challenges youth to be ambassadors for a drug-free lifestyle.