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Cadet Programs Development

North Carolina Wing Commander's Cadet Program Intent

NCWG will continue to support the Cadet Advisory Council through a veteran of the Cadet Program mentoring the CAC to develop a structure IAW all pamphlets and NHQ guidance, a schedule which promotes activity, and an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for feedback and support provided to the North Carolina Wing Commander from the CAC.

NCWG will promote activities which support cadet involvement in the three missions of Civil Air Patrol throughout the year. This will include but not be limited to activities such as CAP and military orientation flights, cadet model rocketry days, ground team skills development weekends, communications training days, drill and ceremonies improvement opportunities, color guard and honor guard training events, Encampments, and Cadet Competition. During these events, ideally the leadership structure of Wing/Group/Squadron/Flight will be utilized to reinforce an appropriate multi-layered leadership environment and prepare them as they move inside and outside of Civil Air Patrol.

NCWG will promote the opportunities provided cadets through the National Cadet Special Activity program and encourage participation in the available scholarship programs.

NCWG will engage the Cadet Programs Senior Member leaders and other adults that interact with Cadets in a training environment with Training Leaders of Cadets Basic and Intermediate courses to increase competency and compliance with the NHQ guidance and improve inter unit engagement.

It is the goal of the NCWG Commander and Director of Cadet programs that the Cadet experience in North Carolina Wing be as exciting as possible while also being a strong foundation to promote future leaders.

Cadet Programs Development

The purpose of Cadet Programs Development is to assist local squadrons in running their cadet programs and providing training to Deputy Commanders for Cadets and Cadet Programs Officers.

Utilize the NCWG Cadet Programs Staff! Feel free to ask any staff officer questions, provide feedback, or work to schedule a squadron visit.  We are here to help.


Minimum Monthly Contact Hours

Each month, cadet units must complete the following contact hours:

Leadership: 1.5 hours. Includes classroom instruction, drill and ceremonies, team leadership problems and similar activities.

Aerospace: 1.5 hours. Includes classroom instruction, “AEX” activities, tours, rocketry, Satellite Tool Kit and similar activities.

Fitness: 1 hour. Includes fitness games, drills, orienteering, classroom instruction, fitness testing and similar activities.

Character:1 hour. Includes character forums, DDR programs, mentoring, guest speakers and similar activities.

Squadrons must offer one activity beyond the weekly unit meeting per month. This goal can be met without overwhelming local resources by working with wing and/or group headquarters and neighboring squadrons. Utilize the wing calendar to find activities wing-wide.


Guidance for Cadet Programs Officers

Cadet Programs Officers should read CAPR 52-16 in entirety. CP Officers should consider the elements of the Quality Cadet Unit Award and be continually striving for those goals.

Each unit should appoint one CAC primary representative and one CAC alternate representative. If your representative is elected to a leadership position, you should replace him/her as representative so they are not "double-hatted." CAC representatives should brief your squadron on what the CAC is working on and gather feedback for the CAC. 

Units must complete two DDR activities per calendar year and submit an AAR for each activity via eServices. See the DDR page for DDR activity ideas.

Units should have an active recruiting and rentention process.

Units should have a squadron calendar on the squadron website, with all meeting and activity details.  

Cadet staff should publish a cadet chain of command with staff contact information. Cadet flight staff should call each cadet weekly (a call down) to discuss current meeting plans and discuss the next steps for cadet progression. Cadet staff should conduct meetings once a week, either over the phone or prior to the regular meeting.

Progress in the CP Officer Specialty Track. If you do not have a mentor at your squadron, ask your squadron PD officer or email a wing CP staff officer for help.

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