Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

Cadet Programs- Overview

B-CC has a long history of producing quality leaders through its 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, CyberPatriot, Ground Team, etc. 

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 8 weeks to complete. This is where the foundation of their cadet careers will be laid. Here new 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 and be promoted to the grade of Cadet Airman.  Following graduation from BTC, cadets are assigned to 1 of our 3 main flights.

Quick Facts About Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs

​​​▲  Attracts more than 24,000 members ages 12 through 20 for participation in its cadet programs.

▲  Educates youth in four main program areas — leadership, aerospace, fitness and character


 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. 

  Nurtures the skills of CAP cadets who make up about 10 percent of each of the U.S. Air Force         

      Academy's Class.

 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.

▲  Participates in the International Air Cadet Exchange program. 

 Awards college scholarships in several disciplines.

Check out the Cadet Programs Fact Sheet!