Headquarters Group 5 (FL-370)
Florida Wing Group 5, is one of six groups serving under the command Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol. As a GROUP, it consists of eight (8) units (squadrons) in the Southwest of Florida from the Hillsbrough/Manatee county line to Collier/Monroe county line. The units’ membership consist of both cadet (12-21 years old) and senior members (18 years old and older).
Squadrons performs the tactical application of all three of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressionally mandated missions: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.
Search and Rescue
Air Force Support
What Civil Air Patrol Can Do For Your Child
Costs Of Being A Member
What Goes On Each Week
- Arrival- Cadets arrive and sign in.
- Safety Briefing- A cadet safety officer or member of the cadet executive staff will give a safety briefing on a multitude of topics.
- Meeting Opens- Cadet executive staff open meeting with Pledge of Allegiance and Cadet Oath.
- Formation/Inspection- Cadets fall outside for a squadron formation and usually a uniform inspection. During the inspection cadets are graded on their overall appearance according to the Civil Air Patrol uniform manual.
- Main Activity- Each week we have a main activity that ranges from physical training to knowledge testing to promoting in grade.
- Secondary Activity- Another activity follows the main activity, which could be anywhere from a class on aerospace to an informal class on CAP history.
- Drill and Ceremonies- Every week we do drill and ceremonies. This includes marching and doing stationary drill movements.
- Announcements- Cadet and senior members give announcements such as encampment dates or the uniform for the next meeting.
- Meeting Closes- Cadet executive staff closes meeting and cadets are dismissed.
Other Opportunities Within Civil Air Patrol
- Encampments- CAP holds leadership encampments, which are kind of like basic training for CAP, every summer and winter. These events are held on a military base and consist of a week of intensive training in all things CAP. Cadets must attend an encampment to become a cadet officer.
- National Blue Beret- This is one of CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities. During this activity, cadets attend the nation’s largest air show and conduct flight line marshaling, participate in flight line security, and conduct emergency services missions. It is two weeks long.
- Pararescue Jumper Orientation Course- This activity lets your child spend a little over a week with Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, being trained in what they do and getting shown what day to day life for an Air Force Pararescue Jumper entails.
- Honor Guard Academy- This is an activity entirely dedicated to drill and ceremonies. Cadets will learn all the ins and outs of a Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard, and upon graduation become a member of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.
Question: I Want To Stay At The Meetings With My Child, Can I Do This?
Quick answer: Yes.