Cadet Help: Airmen Basics

- New Cadet Guide Pamphlet 

- New Cadet Help NHQ Page

- Learn to Lead Ch. 1

- Memory Work

- Insignia/Grade Flash Cards

- Cadet Personal Tracker

- Stripes to Diamonds

- CAP Uniform Manual 39-1

Civil Air Patrol Motto - "Semper Vigilans" - Always Vigilant

CAP Cadet Oath - "I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation."

CAP Cadet Honor Code - "On my honor, as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet of the California Wing, I will not lie, cheat, steal or commit any act of intentional dishonesty or tolerate those who do."

The Cadet Honor Code establishes a common ground or foundation for cadets to compete with one another on a fair and equitable basis. It paves the way for an individual to achieve based upon his own merits. Cheating is taking unfair advantage of others. It applies not only to cheating on a test but to your whole cadet life, from academics to physical education.

Taking someone's property for whatever reason, without the permission of the owner is stealing. Willfully destroying another person's property is the same as stealing it because the owner can no longer use his possession.

The toleration clause of the Cadet Honor Code is the backbone of the code. It makes the code work and eliminates the need for a policing body. If a cadet knows of a violation of the Honor Code and does not report it, he becomes an accessory in keeping dishonor within the Corps. Non-toleration is not "ratting" on your fellow cadets, it is simply not tolerating violations of the Cadet Honor Code, within your own Cadet Corps.

Cadet Resources

CAPR 60-1 

Cadet Program Management 

(The CP's governing regulation and your #1 source for standards  )

CAPP 60-31

Cadet Staff Handbook

(Goal setting, staff design, staff selection, position descriptions, training plans, and more for cadets and adults.)


(Nearly everything you would want to know about the Cadet Program, at a glance.)


(Pin this tracker to your wall and record your advancement in the Cadet Program.)


(A complete library of all Textbooks can be found here.)

Key Resources - Cadet Programs (NHQ)


Cadet Publication Index:  Quick reference to help longtime CP officers understand the transition from the "old" 52-series of publications to the "new" 60-series designations as part of the CAP-wide publication reengineering project


60-20 New Cadet Guide: How to register for eServices, wear the uniform, complete Achievement 1, stay safe, have fun, and more 

60-21 Cadet Great Start: Comprehensive program for transforming prospective cadets into C/Amn in 5 weeks

60-102 Cadet Programs Fact Sheet: Overview of CP goals, content areas, statistics, outcomes, and more


Learn to Lead: 4-volume, standards-based textbook series, plus curriculum guide, lesson plans, and more

Drill & Ceremonies: Drill manual, instructional videos, lesson plans, and more

60-31  Cadet Staff Handbook: Goal setting, leadership mentoring, Air Force traditions, position descriptions, and organizational charts

60-32  Staff Duty Analysis Guide: Service learning, technical writing, and oral presentations for cadet officers

60-90  Leadership Feedback: Evaluation and mentoring instrument commonly used in promotion boards

151  Respect on Display: How and why CAP practices Air Force-style customs and courtesies

Uniform Inspection Scorecard: Optional tool, formatted for letter-size paper


AE Cadet Educational Resources: Homepage for all cadet-related texts, activity guides, and lesson plans

AE Grants:  Information on how to obtain special funding for cadet AE activities

STEM Kits:  Information on how to obtain free learning materials for squadron use

60-40 Cadet Orientation Flight Program Guide: Program basics, best practices, flight syllabi

60-41 Cyber & STEM Recognition Programs; related tool: cadet log in Excel format

60-106  Cadet Flight Plan:  Poster illustrating pathway from new cadet to aviation professional  

-  11x17 tabloid, zipped file, for printing on some desktop printers

-  Slide / mini-poster version

-  Quick view image


Active Cadet Fitness Program: How to conduct fun and meaningful fitness training activities and how to implement the CPFT

Fitness Resources:  Helpful links for learning about and administering the ACFP.

Fit for Flying: Readings and activities about the role of fitness in making the human body "airworthy."


Character Forum Activity Plans: Repository of all authorized resources used during monthly character forums

Cadet Wingman Course: Introduction to Core Values, safety, and cadet protection for Achievement 1 cadets

Core Values Guru Guide:  Air Force resource for making Core Values fully present in your organization

DDR-X Activity Guide: Hands-on learning activities containing a strong, drug-free message

Future of the DDR Program:  Explains how the Drug Demand Reduction effort is no longer positioned as a stand-alone program but integrated into the overall Cadet Program

60-61  Red Ribbon Leadership Academy: Guide for a 3-hour outreach program lead by cadets for non-cadet students

60-62  Unit Honor Guard Program: How to establish a unit honor guard and conduct honor guard activities correctly

60-63  The Congressional Award: Teen recognition program for service, professional development, fitness, and exploration

60-105  Cadet Wingman Poster: Poster promoting the wingman concept

60-107  Core Values Poster: Poster promoting the Core Values

Activity Curricula

Cadet Competition:  Home page for competition rules and supplemental materials

Cadet Honor Academy:  Home page for the 3-day program that combines Core Values education with drill and ceremonies training

Encampment:  Home page for all encampment lessons, visual aids, and collateral materials

Region Cadet Leadership School:  Home page for the RCLS program

Activity Risk Management

Cadet Weather:  Guidance on safely conducting cadet activities in hot and cold conditions

60-72  Required Staff Training: Curriculum for reducing the risk of hazing, harassment, and inappropriate training intensity at cadet activities

60-80  Cadet Permission Slip: Indicates cadet is authorized by parents to attend a special event 

60-81  Application for Encampment: Application form, medical information, and legal release

60-82  High Adventure Activity Authorization: Planning and authorization document for rappelling, firearms training, and other activities with significant risks of injury  

Fact Sheets, Awards, & Heritage

60-102  Cadet Programs Fact Sheet:  Quick overview of the program mission, vision, content areas, outcomes, and more.

Milestone Award Fact Sheets:  Quick overview of each milestone award, suitable for reading aloud to the audience during an award ceremony  

Special Awards Home Page:  Overview of special awards available to cadets; "... of the year" awards; CP awards to units; etc.

Cadet to Astronaut: Profile of Eric Boe

1st Female Thunderbird: Profile of Nicole Malachowski

1st Black Female Fighter Pilot: Profile of Lex Kimbrell

CSAF Perspective on Spaatz: Speech by Gen Norton Schwartz

75th Cadet Year: Special issue of CAP Volunteer magazine

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