High Desert Composite Squadron

Cadet Programs and Information

Bend, Oregon Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol is an aviation based program for youth ages 12 to 21. Our youth learn aerospace education, leadership skills, aviation, emergency services, and cadet programs. We have had cadets further their education in the Air Force, Marines, Army Navy and Coast Guard, and at the various military academies. We currently have former cadets serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. We recently lost a former cadet in Iraq and one was severely injured. We continue to teach and educate our youth regarding our rich history and prepare them for our future. 

Through Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program, young people develop leadership skills, investigate the fundamentals of aerospace science, acquire the habit of exercising regularly, solidify their character, and participate in exciting hands-on activities that prepare them to become responsible citizens. 

Youth between the ages of 12-18 may join the CAP Cadet Program and remain in cadet status until they turn 21. Middle school students may join before turning 12, if their school participates in the CAP School Program. 

The Cadet program may include, but is not limited to, flying, aerospace education, survival skills, rescue and first aid, and radio communications, as well as study of navigation, weather, and aviation. Cadets are eligible for orientation flights in military and CAP aircraft. Many cadets will be afforded flying experience in CAP aircraft. In addition, cadets may compete for flying and academic scholarships as they advance in the cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol cadets are trained in drill and ceremonies, leadership, physical fitness, and moral development. Membership in Civil Air patrol does not obligate you to join any of the United States armed forces. 

However, if you do elect to join the Air force, and have achieved the Mitchell Award, you are eligible to start out in the advanced pay grade of E-3, after completing Air Force Basic Training. Cadet rank, responsibility, and public recognition are also available based on your advancement within the Civil Air Patrol.

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