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Cadet Programs


Cadet Programs is one of the three missions of Civil Air Patrol nationally and a priority for the Lynchburg Composite Squadron. At LynchburgCAP, Teenagers 12 – 18 years of age can join and participate in one of the largest volunteer forces in the world; develop leadership skills, serve their community and experience real-time actual search & rescue missions both on the ground and in the air.


Lynchburg Composite Squadron received the distinctive designation as a "Quality Cadet Unit" by National Civil Air Patrol awarded only to a select number of CAP Squadrons nationwide.

Cadets in the CAP learn leadership, aerospace education, teamwork, respect, responsibility, military customs and courtesies, and physical fitness. Also available to cadets are a wide range of summer camps and activities that they can attend. These week long camps called National Cadet Special Activities, allow cadets to have hands-on experience with a wide range of topics from Search and Rescue, Civil Engineering, Aircraft Flight Training, and much more.



Also, upon joining CAP, cadets receive five free orientation flights, or "O-Rides" in a Civil Air Patrol powered airplane and five free orientation flights in a glider plane.


The Cadet Program is divided into four phases of leadership experience and aerospace knowledge: the Learning Phase, Leadership Phase, Command Phase, and Executive Phase. With each phase, cadets advance in leadership, aerospace education, responsibility, and physical fitness.

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