CAP’s Cadet Program

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.

Tuscaloosa Squadron Cadets meet each Tuesday night, 6pm, at the Tuscaloosa Airport Terminal.

Come visit and join the fun!

The Tuscaloosa Squadron on taking first place at Iron Man 2018. The Ironman Competition is a two day event that tests every component of Civil Air Patrol training and knowledge. Teams of six members compete in physical training, drill, aerospace education, leadership knowledge, emergency services, and a uniform inspection. The event culminates in the Ironman Run, a 3-5 mile team run with challenge stops. Points are awarded for each portion of the event and the top three teams are recognized as Overall winners. Awards are given in some of the individual components as well. The overall winning team has their names engraved on the iron eagle trophy, which they keep at their squadron until they host the event the following year.

Summer Encampment 2017
Fort McClelland

Encampment is an activity that immerses cadets into the full challenges and opportunities of cadet life.  Most programs are a week-long and held on military installations, typically during the summer.  Cadets work together to develop leadership skills, investigate the aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, and solidify their character.