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Cadet Programs

Cadet Programs is one of the three-prop programs of Civil Air Patrol.  The purpose of Cadet Programs is to train youth between the ages of 12 to 21 to become the future leaders of America.  Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron currently has 47 cadet members learning self-discipline, physical fitness, aerospace history, moral values and leadership.  Cadets complete written tests in aerospace and leadership, in addition to meeting age appropriate physical requirements, to become eligible for promotion.  The Cadet Program also includes various activities that help cadets develop character and professional attitude.  One benefit the cadets have is orientation flights: five powered flights and five glider flights.

Since Dakota Ridge is a Composite Squadron, there are 17 senior members available to assist cadets in their personal and professional development.  These adult leaders provide supervision, guidance and oversight to keep cadets safe and on track.

What is the highest Cadet level in CAP?  

The highest level a Cadet can achieve is the Spaatz.  Only one half of one percent of the cadets ever go on to obtain this prized position.

In the last 5 years Dakota Ridge Composite Squadron has had the honor of giving this rare achievement to two of it's cadets with several others currently on their way to earning this prestigous award.

Cadet Advisory Councils (CAC)  
Cadet Week  
National Cadet Competition (NCC)  
National Cadet Special Activities  
- Cadet Officer School  (COS)  
- Civic Leadership Academy (CLA)  
- International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)  
Orientation Flights  
Region Cadet Leadership Schools  (RCLS)  


Cadets and credit towards the Air Force.

Mitchell Award recipients (Cadet Second Leiutenant) are eligible to receive the grade of E-3 upon enlistment in the U.S. Air Force (see AFI 36-2002, Regular Air Force & Special Category Accessions, attachment 4). Mitchell Award recipients may also receive credit toward AFROTC’s General Military Course (see AFROTCI 36-2011, Administration of Senior AFROTC Cadets). The service academies also look favorably upon cadets who have earned the Mitchell Award. Other benefits include eligibility for CAP scholarships (see chapter 4), and participation in Air Force Institute for Advanced Distributed Learning (AFIADL) programs (see www.cap.gov/pd for more information).