Sixteen new cadets join the Concord Composite Squadron following 10 weeks of Basic Cadet Training

Sixteen new cadets join the Concord Composite Squadron following 10 weeks of Basic Cadet Training

Sixteen new cadets of the Concord Civil Air Patrol graduated from 10 weeks of Basic Cadet Training tonight at the NH Army National Guard Armory in Concord.  

All sixteen were recruited this past March as part of the Concord Squadron’s twice-annual Recruiting Night. Following the Recruiting Night, interested new cadet members began their 10 weeks of training during the regular Thursday night Civil Air Patrol meetings.

Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Sam Nichols and Cadet Technical Sergeant Tyler Dempsey led the 16 cadets throughout their introductory training .  Cadets were instructed on all aspects of cadet life, from the nearly 72 year history of the Civil Air Patrol to basic marching, wear of the CAP’s cadet uniforms and the rules of military customs & courtesies.

Following graduation, each of the 16 cadets were assigned to one of the two cadet “flights” that comprise the larger squadron. There, under the watchful eye of other experienced cadets, the new members will continue to advance in the 5 elements of the Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program: Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development, Physical Fitness & Activities.  6 of those cadets along with 12 other cadets from the Concord unit will travel to Norwich University in July to participate in the annual New Hampshire Wing Summer Encampment.

The next Civil Air Patrol Open House and Recruiting Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 6:30pm at the NH Army National Guard Armory off Regional Drive in Concord.