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Achieve in the Civil Air Patrol

Youth and Adults Achieve in the Civil Air Patrol Program

April 3, 2022

Each week our cadets concentrate on one of the following activities: Leadership Training, Aerospace Education, Fitness Education, or Character Education.

Leadership Training is a thoughtful approach to problem-solving and practical skills for leading in a diverse world.

Aerospace Education familiarizes the cadets with aerospace sciences and cyber, plus awareness of career options and opportunities.

Fitness Education is the lifelong habit of regular exercise and a commitment to a drug-free lifestyle. Cadets participate in an evening of physical training to improve their scores in The Pacer, Sit and Reach Curl Ups, and Push-ups once a month.

Character Education instills a personal code of honor and the moral reasoning skills to make tough decisions. Each month our Character Development Officer (CDI) instructs the cadets on a particular topic; during a recent class the cadets discussed what Humility is along with knowing the difference between pride and arrogance.

Our month culminates with a promotion night. Members who have achieved a new rank, first flight certificate, or any desired goal in Civil Air Patrol are recognized.

Now celebrating its 80th year, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and, as such, is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives during the past fiscal year. CAP's 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

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