The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program
Image Credit to: Greenville Journal

About The Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol, is a program begun by the United States Army Air Forces (now the U.S. Air Force) in 1941 where cadets and senior members learn and teach about Aerospace, Meteorology, Military Drill and Bearing, and MORE! Cadets start as a CBC (Cadet Basic Course) and after an 8 week basic training (only every Tuesday with Northshore Composite Squadron) you are promoted to Cadet Airman – that’s when the fun starts! I’m not saying that CBC  isn’t fun, but when you are promoted to Airman, that’s when the REAL fun starts. By real fun, I mean that you get to take part in more C.A.P. related activities.

C.A.P. Activities

There is a lot of C.A.P. Activities that cadets get to take part in, like simulation flights, orientation-flights (where cadets get to fly a planes – often Cessna 172’s and 182’s), model rocketry, and encampment (pre-requisite boot camp).  Those are basic activities that ALL cadets do. Sometimes squadrons plan special activities (like going to a movie theatre, an airport, a newstation, etc)

Below is me on my Orientation Flight!

Image Credit To: Silas Fetters, C.A.P.


There are 3 different uniforms cadets wear during activities.

Pictured on the right is the Class-A dress blues; more commonly worn by Cadets (that are not of Cadet Officer grade) is the Class-B blues shirt (for reference go to my staff profile picture)

Pictured left is the Class-C ABU Uniform ABU=Airman Battle Uniform (Image Credits to: Silas Fetters, C.A.P.)

Pictured bottom is the Squadron T-Shirt, I have not been given mine yet (supply chain issues) so I have included an example. (Image Credits to: Custom Ink)

Squadrons & Opportunities

Squadron Info

My squadron is Northshore Composite Squadron, most likely (if you join) you will go here too, because it is the closest and most local squadron around Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Brier. There are other squadrons around though.


If you have C.A.P. on your resume for the military or any job that involves aviation, you are almost guaranteed to get the position, there is also the Cadet Wings program, yes, C.A.P. has its own private pilot flight school too, but this would be for later on in your C.A.P. career because you can’t apply for Cadet Wings until you are 17 years of age. There are many more opportunities that may rise in the future and that are already there but I cannot list them all.

More Information

Please email me: ([email protected]) if you want to join, and I recommend you email me ASAP, because the squadron open-house for new cadets is on November 1st, the open house gives you all of the important/more advanced information you will need. I also recommend you join with a friend, to be your wingman. (please CC them in the email if you do join with a friend) I will give you some basic information as well as the squadron address.


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