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Cadet Programs

Today's Cadets . . . Tomorrow's Aerospace Leaders

Even though Riverside Senior Squadron 5 is a senior-only squadron, our sister Group 3 squadrons are Cadet or Composite Squadrons that have active cadet programs that we support by providing Pilots and Aircraft for Orientation Flights and training missions (SAREX) as well as Base Support Staff for Training and Actual missions.

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Cadet Program Overview
for Strategic Audiences


CAP Cadet Program - At a Glance*

Mission:  Transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders

Established:  1942

Age to Join:  12 through 18

Content Areas:   Leadership, Aerospace, Fitness, Character

Total Cadets:   25,000

Locations:  1,000 hometown squadrons

Time Commitment: Ideally, cadets participate in a 2-hour squadron meeting each week, plus one "Saturday" event monthly and one week-long encampment in summer, but of course, school and family obligations take priority**

Costs:  Annual dues of $25 - $60, depending upon location; some assistance is available with uniform costs and overnight activity fees; a fully-active cadet could incur $300 to $600 in costs during the first year, less any financial assistance

Military Obligation:   None, but 8% of USAF Academy cadets are former CAP cadets

Annual Flying Hours:  25,000 hrs in single-engine aircraft; 12,000 glider sorties

* All figures are approximations that will vary year-to-year
** School-based squadrons may have different expectations for participation


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