Civil Air Patrol senior members work with cadets providing training, mentoring and supervision. Recently, 14 senior members from northwest Florida completed the basic Training Leaders of Cadets course designed to equip them with youth mentoring skills, policy knowledge, and practical tools for implementing the cadet program. The instructors, under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Livergood were Captain Kevin Finster, Eglin Composite Squadron; Major Nancy Ethridge, Tallahassee Composite Squadron and Captain Kathleen Crockett from CAP Maryland Wing.
The cadet program serves the needs of all CAP cadets. It is designed to provide young members ages 12-20 training in followership, leadership, aerospace education, communication, and emergency services. They receive training in these areas at their weekly squadron meetings as well as participating in local and wing level activities which occurs throughout the year.
Cadets join with the rank of Cadet Airman Basics and progress through the program by taking leadership and aerospace exams, physical fitness tests, attending activities, as well as serving in ever progressing leadership positions. Cadets work towards completion of the five milestone awards in the cadet program named after the Wright Brothers, General Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, General Ira C. Eaker, and General Carl A. Spaatz.
Activities make the cadet program the most interesting and exciting youth program available in the country today. Activities are held at the local, state, region and national levels. These activities range from overnight field training exercises and weekend-long training schools to week-long encampments and special activities. During their cadet career, cadets will have the opportunity to participate in leadership positions, flight training, emergency services, communications and more. Cadets that reach the grade of Cadet Captain may apply for International Air Cadet Exchange and serve as an overseas ambassador of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program to one of several foreign countries.If you are looking for something more exciting and interested search the internet for a CAP squadron near you or contact Lt. Col. Ryan Livergood at (314) 520-0971 or Major Staten Corbett at (850) 867-4414.
This article was produced from the Southeast Region Online News system. Electronic distribution is made possible through syndicated services. For more information, contact the Chief Editor Lt Col Judy Steele at JSteele@sercap.us.