Texas Wing Cadet Programs
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and character development. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet second lieutenant (Mitchell Award) may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo an airplane for the first time through a flight academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
Treat people like people.
Take care of your people.
Never ask your people to do something you are not willing to do yourself.
To turn Texas Wing Cadet Programs into the premiere Cadet Program of the entire Civil Air Patrol.
1 Year Goals
Create a core cadre of Senior Members to assist in the planning and execution Wing wide events (CTEP, Encampments, ALS, etc.)
Create a core cadre of Cadets to assist in the planning and execution Wing wide events.
Ensure there are ACTIVE Group Cadet Program Officers at each Group.
Create a 5 year strategic plan for Cadet Programs by creating a planning team of both Senior Members and senior Cadets from around the state.
Open the lines of communication through e-mails, texts, social media, and Texas Cadet.org
Create a culture of transparency and trust among cadets and senior members
Create a “battle rhythem” for Cadet Programs – we know there are 2 CTEPs and 2 Encampments every year, each should be announced 6 months out (at a minimum) with concurrent planning occurring.
3 Year Goals
Have a sustainable Cadet Program in place – both cadets and seniors mentor their replacements, we have a steady flow of cadets attending encampments as basics and staff, we see cadets following a “career path” between attending encampment, attending CTEP, staffing Encampment, eventually staffing CTEP, attending NSCA, etc. and we have more than enough Senior Member support to staff all events
Make every effort to have at least one if not both encampments on an Air Force installation in the state.
Have Wing Level Cadet events around the state to ensure maximum participation from all the Groups.
Have established a Senior Member Cadet Programs Professional Development training program that includes – TLC, how to achieve the various ratings in the Cadet Programs PD, How to be a Training Officer, How to be a Mentor, etc…
Create a Cadet Programs Subject Matter Expert cell that Squadrons and Groups can reach out to ensure they are “inspection ready” when it comes to Cadet Programs.
Begin training my replacement
5 Year Goals
No longer be DCP – I do not believe in “Kingdom Building”, I am not applying to be DCP for the title, I am applying because I enjoy working with cadets, believe in the program and believe they could benefit from my experience.
Serve in an Advisory role to my replacement, assisting where they need me to and assisting in the execution of their Strategic Plan for Cadet Programs.
Phil Kost, Lt Col, CAP
Director of Cadet Programs, Texas Wing