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Cadet Rachel Shelton Appointed to USAFA!

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C/2d Lt Rachel Shelton celebrates her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy with her family. Photo Credit: Raleigh-Wake Comp Squadron (click image to view full size)
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It is difficult for most people to get accepted into the Coast Guard Academy, West Point, or the Air Force Academy (USAFA). However, Cadet 2nd Lt. Rachel Shelton is not most people. As an active Cadet officer at the Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, she was accepted into all three military academies as well as AFROTC at NC State, UNC, and Duke University. We are very proud of this amazing cadet!
Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Rachel Shelton, is an outstanding, motivated cadet. She joined just short of two years ago with the goal of achieving her Mitchell award before the summer of her senior year. She has been highly involved in CAP; attending Ranger events, participating in O-Flights, attended NC Wing Encampment, and now serves as a Flight Commander leading the Great Start Program for new Raleigh Wake Cadets. In her “spare time” she is engaged in academics, speech and debate, and athletics.
C/2d Lt. Shelton has always wanted a career in the military. She said “[I have wanted to attend the academy] for as long as I can remember. My mom is an USAFA graduate from 1983... I guess when I was in fourth grade is when I really started wanting to go.” C/2d Lt. Shelton has decided to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Shesays, “I chose the Air Force because it has better options, I want a degree in engineering and I would also like to fly.”
C/2d Lt Shelton credits CAP for preparing her for a military academy. When interviewed, she stated, “[CAP] helped a lot because I saw I was in a position of leadership and I stuck with the organization a while, and I had great letters of recommendation. It also helped because CAP taught me customs and courtesies which will help a lot in basic training. I’m in better physical shape, and it has given me leadership skills being a flight commander”. To other academy hopefuls, C/2d Lt. Shelton offers great advice. “Start early. You need letters of recommendation from senators, so reach out to them early too.”
C/2d Lt. Rachel Shelton is a model cadet, who will stop at nothing and keep going until she reaches her goals. She is continually striving to improve herself and the cadet program and has left a positive mark on the Raleigh Wake Composite Squadron. She will take everything she learned in CAP from leadership, to followership, to drill and ceremonies, and customs and courtesies and become an even more outstanding cadet at the USAFA. It is safe to say she will succeed at the Air Force Academy partly thanks to what she has learned through CAP. While we are quite proud of her, her parting will be bittersweet. We will miss her greatly, but look forward to the great things she is set to accomplish in this world. Aim High, Cadet!