Civil Air Patrol Cadets Aboard a Helicopter

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Aboard a Helicopter

Become a Civil Air Patrol Cadet

What if you could get opportunities no other teens can experience?   The Civil Air Patrol has a Cadet Program at the New Hampshire Army National Guard Armory in Concord, New Hampshire (and other locations throughout New Hampshire and the country) for students ages 12 to 20.  The Cadet Program is an adventurous challenge to do something cool, unique, and at the same time help you get into college, a service academy, or the military after high school.

Civil Air Patrol Cadets regularly have opportunities to:

  • take the controls of a CAP aircraft and learn to fly a plane
  • proudly wear the U.S. Air Force uniform with cadet insignia
  • earn rank and leadership positions to be in charge of training fellow cadets
  • participate in a variety of aviation activities ranging from launching rockets to flying on military aircraft
CAP Cadet at the Controls of an Aircraft

CAP Cadet at the controls of an aircraft over New England

  • Serve the community through carrying the nation’s flag in parades (color guard) and learning emergency services qualifications for search and rescue and disaster relief
  • dozens of summer activities every year ranging from Flight Academy and Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School to Air Force Pararescue Orientation and Cadet Survival School

Cadets meet every week on Thursday nights at the NH Army National Guard Armory in Concord, NH.  Cadets from every school district in Merrimack County and surrounding areas meet to train for several hours each week.  There are also weekend activities and training events pretty much every month throughout the year, and longer training opportunities all over the country every summer.

What are you doing on Thursday nights? You could be learning to fly an aircraft, be put in charge of a classroom full of your peers, climbing into a Blackhawk helicopter, or getting in shape through teamwork — all things our cadets at the Concord Squadron have done recently.

What are the requirements

Civil Air Patrol Cadets represent the best of the best.  To become a Civil Air Patrol cadet, you must:

CAP Cadet Lays Wreath at military gravestone

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Serve their Communities

  • Be at least 12 years old and not yet 19.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (waivers available)
  • Be willing to attend most Thursday evening training meetings at the Concord Armory
  • Be willing to properly wear Air Force uniforms with CAP cadet insignia, including adhering to the Air Force’s standards for haircuts and shaving.
  • Pay annual dues of $38, plus a one-time uniform accessory fee of about $65.

How do I join?

Your first step to putting on the uniform is to visit our squadron for a Thursday night training.  We bring new members into the unit twice a year (spring and fall) following our Unit Open House and Recruiting Nights.  Contact our squadron to schedule a visit and for more information.

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