The mission of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is to provide the youth of our nation with a quality program that enhances their leadership skills through an interest in aviation, and simultaneously provide service to the United States Air Force and the local community.
The cadet program permits every cadet to develop self-discipline, teamwork, and confidence through the study and practice of leadership in an Air Force environment. Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for understanding aerospace principles and the total impact of aerospace power upon society. Participate in a variety of special activities and programs. Develop a personal ethical foundation and an understanding of the moral issues of our time through discussion and debate. Become physically fit and develop a lifelong habit of regular exercise.
Through study and performance, cadets work through a series of achievements and milestone awards. As cadets progress, they advance in grade, increase the scope of their leadership responsibilities, earn awards, and become eligible for nationally-sponsored special activities and scholarships.
The five elements of the program are, Leadership, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, Character Development, and Activities.