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Cadet Programs


Captain Joe Ketzner, CAP

Director of Cadet Programs, Delaware Wing


Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.


• Attracts over 24,000 members ages 12 through 20 for participation in its cadet programs.
• Educates youth in four main program areas — leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development.
• Enriches school curricula through after-school programs.
• Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, as well as flight training scholarships.
• Provides activities and competitions for cadets at the local, state, regional and national levels.
• Provides opportunities for community involvement through color guard/drill team and emergency service missions.
• Challenges youth to be ambassadors for a drug-free lifestyle.
• Introduces thousands of cadets to cyber defense careers through CyberPatriot, the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Security Competition.
• CAP cadets make up about 10% of the Air Force Academy’s classes.
• Cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award enlist in the Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard at a higher pay grade.
• Participates in the International Air Cadet Exchange program.
• Awards college scholarships in several disciplines.

Delaware Wing Cadet Advisory Council

The Delaware Wing Cadet Advisory Council (DEWG CAC) is charged with three purposes:

1. Provide an organization where cadets gain leadership and experience at higher organizational levels 
2. Aid the commander in monitoring and implementing the Cadet Program 
3. Make recommendations for improving and running the Cadet Program 
The Council receives direction from the Wing Commander and has a senior member advisor to provide day-to-day oversight. 


Want to know more? Click here to learn about opportunities in Cadet Programs.



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