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
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
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.