The Florida Wing Cadet Programs Directorate (FLWG/CP) oversees implementation of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Wing Cadet Programs team is focused on providing information, support, and assistance to groups and squadrons throughout Florida that enables better execution of the Cadet Program’s mission. FLWG/CP supports the Cadet Program by dissemination of information, helping to recruit personnel to assist in the establishment of new cadet units, providing assistance to new cadet units and administering wing wide cadet activities.
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.
Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there’s a place for you in CAP’s cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.
Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
Today’s Cadets . . . Tomorrow’s Aerospace Leaders
Cadet Fact Sheet
Cadets’ Value Proposition
Cadet Program Overview
- Attracts more than 25,000 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 filled with 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 careers in aviation, space and technology through dozens of summer activities.
- Challenges youth to be ambassadors for a drug-free lifestyle.
Civil Air Patrol “Cadet Oath”
“I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation.”
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