Civil Air Patrol

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by FutureCadet12, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. FutureCadet12

    FutureCadet12 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2015
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    18
    I am considering joining Civil Air Patrol soon - anyone who can share their experiences with it are highly appreciated! Also, how time-consuming is it? Are there a lot of extra events to go to other than the weekly meetings? Thank you very much for your responses.
     
  2. BlahuKahuna

    BlahuKahuna Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2011
    Messages:
    542
    Likes Received:
    167
    I was a member for about 5 years before the academy. The leadership experiences I had in CAP are still some of the best I've had.

    It's as time consuming as you want it to be, to be honest. I was about as active as you can be-had the opportunity to go all over the country to activities and even spent a few weeks in Australia. Wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.

    Feel free to PM me if you want to talk about it more. As long as you're in the program because you genuinely want to be, you'll do well.
     
    k$Mom, goforspaatz and FutureCadet12 like this.
  3. Daretodream

    Daretodream Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2014
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    49
    My DS was in CAP for 5 years and seemed to really enjoy himself. They had weekly meetings that lasted 3 hours. There were other opportunities but it was really up to the Cadet. He paced himself to meet his goal by the middle of his senior year. One key we learned that is important to the USAFA is to reach the Billy Mitchell Award level. Another is to show leadership where offered and CAP has plenty of those opportunities. There are also good classes and elementary marching and formation education. Our DS went to a CAP Powered Flight Academy last summer where he flew continuously for a week and did his first solo. He also was on the CAP Cyber Patriot team for two years. I hope you enjoy CAP.
     
  4. CivilAirPatrolCadet

    CivilAirPatrolCadet AFROTC Non-Tech Scholarship Recipient

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    49
    CAP was the best thing I ever did. I didn't even really know about USAFA until I joined. The leadership and flight opportunities are incredible. I was also on the CyberPatriot team for my squadron. I am currently the cadet commander, and earning my Mitchell was absolutely influential in receiving two MOC nominations.
     
  5. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2015
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    209
    Leadership opportunities are incredible in CAP! Encampment staff is a unique opportunity to directly lead in a military environment. I've had the opportunity to be totally responsible for 30 basic cadets and 5 staff members for a week - including training, wellbeing, and accountability. Once you get to the Mitchell award, there are opportunities for scholarships and other activities like Cadet Officer School - held at Maxwell AFB and patterned off USAF Squadron Officer School.

    One thing with CAP, if you're joining, make a decision quickly so if you want to get into Summer Encampment you can do that this year. Paperwork and such takes some time to go through.
     
  6. CivilAirPatrolCadet

    CivilAirPatrolCadet AFROTC Non-Tech Scholarship Recipient

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    49
    Encampment is required for the Mitchell
     
  7. FutureCadet12

    FutureCadet12 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2015
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    18
    Thank you to everyone for your responses. Only problem right now seems to be the fact that the squadron nearest me is half an hour away and has meetings weekly from 6:30-9:30. 5-7 is usually when I have my swim practices, and homework can be a hassle some nights. It definitely sounds like an excellent program that offers great opportunities though... :confused:
     
  8. CivilAirPatrolCadet

    CivilAirPatrolCadet AFROTC Non-Tech Scholarship Recipient

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    49
    I did swimming last fall, and just left a little early on Squadron mtg nights. Talk to your coach. He might have some options for you. As far as homework, sometimes you have to skip squadron, other times maybe you can get hw early from teachers. The adults in your life want to see you succeed. It is just up to you to let them know how they can help (most of the time. Except for the rare occasions of "those people" )
     

Share This Page