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TO BECOME A CADET

Becoming a Civil Air Patrol cadet (ages 12 - 18) is a rewarding experience, full of opportunities you won’t find anyplace else. Joining is easy. It begins by first attending three meetings to ensure that you have a good sense of the program.

1: ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE
The first step to become a Civil Air Patrol cadet is to attend a squadron open house. These are scheduled most first Tuesdays of a month (see Home Page for next open house date). There is no obligation to join by attending. You actually cannot sign up on this night. Come with your parents and meet the squadron leadership, participate in a presentation that outlines all the benefits and opportunities that come with being a cadet. You’ll get to discuss the Civil Air Patrol with current cadets so you’ll come away with a good understanding of the program.

2: COME BACK THE NEXT WEEK
After you attend the open house, come back the next week. This second week is designed for prospective cadets only, not for parents. You’ll form a flight with all the other prospective cadets and you’ll start the process of learning what it’s like to be a cadet. You’ll be introduced to drill as well as participate in a Team Leadership Problem (TLP), which is designed to get the flight to work together as a team.

3: THE THIRD WEEK
This is the last of the three meetings that you must attend before you sign up. This night includes uniform sizing, and a parent Q&A session where parents and prospective cadets are able to ask further questions of the squadron leadership. Cadets should bring proof of legal U.S. residence. At the end of this meeting, cadets will sign up and become members of the Civil Air Patrol.

WHAT'S NEXT?
After you attend these three meetings and sign up, you will officially enter the training flight. You will remain with the other cadets who attended the past three meetings with you. The training flight is led by a flight commander and NCOs who will further teach you the basics you’ll need to thrive as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. This training flight lasts an additional four weeks and culminates with your first promotion and a transfer into either Alpha or Bravo flights.