Civil Air Patrol Spaatz Award

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  1. FFalcon16

    FFalcon16 New Member

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    My question is more geared to people familiar with the Civil Air Patrol.

    I was wondering if anybody knew how much the Spaatz Award is weighted in determining a candidate's acceptance to the AFA. The Spaatz Award is the highest achievement a cadet can attain in the Civil Air Patrol. Less than one half of one percent of all cadets make it that far.

    If anyone can shed some light on this question it would be greatly appreciated!

    -Chris
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Hi!

    "Spaatzen" as they're called are not common. However, receipt of the Spaatz isn't really weighted much more than the Mitchell Award!

    What RR is looking for is "leadership potential and demonstratable ability." Advancement to cadet officer is HUGE...but the various ranks after Mitchell...they're outstanding and will gain points, but they're not "MONSTER KILLERS" like some folks would like to think.

    Achieving the Spaatz award is HUGE in CAP...and anyone with that tucked under their arm will gain notice from USAFA/RR!!! But it's not weighted like:

    a. Mitchell - 100 pts
    b. Earhart - 300 pts
    c. Eaker - 450 pts
    d. Spaatz - 1000 pts

    While each one shows more advancement, they're not given "more and more points" for each. Just not done that way.

    My recommendation to any candidate that is a CAP member: GET THE MITCHELL FOR THE PACKAGE!!! Anything after that is just icing on the cake. :thumb:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    35 year member, CAP
     
  3. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    Hello I'm a cadet nco in CAP.

    The Spaatz is a tremendous achievement. Theres a Spaatz association with a list of names and it looks like less than 2000 have earned the award in its history. It is certainly a worthy feat.

    I agree with Flieger though. There is a lot of leadership throughout the ranks of CAP which clearly demonstrates leadership. There's flight sergeant, flight staff, first sergeant, encampments, ground team leaders, and so on. The Mitchell award is (in my opinion) the largest milestone.
     
  4. condor17

    condor17 Class of 2015

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    I know that on USMA's application there's a part for CAP membership...the catagories it has are CAP member, CAP Officer (Senior Member), and Mitchell/Earhart Award winner. so if you just have Mitchell, that's the highest they recognize. But I'm still going for Spaatz!
    C/2d Lt Gulick
    Cadet Commander
    Scott Composite Squadron
    GLR-IL-205
     
  5. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    YOU SHOULD!!!

    It's an amazing achievement!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  6. FFalcon16

    FFalcon16 New Member

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    Thank you sir!

    I already have the Mitchell Award and will soon have my Earhart.

    Is there anything else that I can do in CAP to strengthen my Academy application?

    Thank you for the help!
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    "Charlie Mike!"

    Continue the Mission: achieve the next higher rank, accept the next higher position of responsibility, mentor your younger cadets, work closely with the senior members and accept more responsibility from them.

    In short, continue to develop your leadership skills!!

    THAT will be the best thing you can do from a CAP position.

    Well that and maintain a HIGH level of fitness! Be the squadron fitness exemplar!

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  8. Republic_Commando

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    My goal is to get my Mitchell by August of next year :thumb:
     
  9. Ken2012

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    That's actually around the time I'm hoping for mine.
     

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