Texas Wing Cadet Programs
Encampment is usually the first activity a basic cadet attends. Encampment teaches the cadet basic military drill, teamwork, and knowledge of the other areas that cadets can get involved in during their cadet career. Basic Encampment is for those cadets that have not previously attended an Encampment. Encampment is required for cadets to promote to the officer grades. It is also required for a cadet to attend the Lone Star Emergency Services Academy, Intermediate Encampment, ATS, or any National Cadet Special Activities. A cadet at basic encampment will learn how to drill as part of a flight, teamwork, Aerospace opportunities, leadership opportunities and other classes. Please see CAPR 52-16 Chapter 9 and CAPP 52-24 for all opportunities that encampment offers.
The CTEP Leadership School is made up of four different cadet schools and one senior school. CTEP is designed to take cadets as they progress through the program and give them both the knowledge and skills to lead cadets at their level of responsibility.
Non-Commissioned Officer Academy - NCOA
C/SSgt - C/TSgt
(C/SrA with Encampment Credit)
The Non-commissioned Officer Academy is designed to teach the new cadet NCOs to teach drill, motivate new cadets, and help them to learn servant leadership, team dynamics, critical thinking skills and creative thinking processes. It helps them to think about training and learning objectives at the local level.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy - SNCOA
C/MSgt - C/SMSgt
SNCOA is designed to provide an environment based on the Learn to Lead curriculum. The mission of the school is to prepare Senior Non-Commissioned Officers for leadership positions within Civil Air Patrol as well as in the community. SNCOA focuses on professional communication, IE: public speaking, writing, and business communication. As well as the human elements of leadership, practical Senior NCO skills, critical thinking, and their transition to officership, a more hands off approach to the cadet program. The goal of SNCOA is to enhance cadet training to encourage them to function mentally and physically on a much higher level than expected of them. This is done through physical activity, rigorous homework assignments, teaching tools, leadership forums, and classroom presentations. Prior to attending SNCOA students are expected to have a firm understanding and knowledge of the CAP Cadet Program, as well as the basics of public speaking and formal writing.
Officer Training School - OTS (RCLS Part I)
C/2d Lt - C/Capt
Officer Training School is the third level in the Cadet Training Education Program. OTS is a Texas Wing Leadership Seminar that introduces several techniques needed for effective performance as a cadet officer. Students are instructed on how to effectively manage, serve in various officer positions, and facilitate their squadron meeting. The instruction given in class is coupled with group leadership projects and planning sessions. These activities provide cadets a way to apply what they have learned during their training.
Cadet Command Staff College - CCSC
(RCLS Part II)
C/Capt - C/Col
The Cadet Command Staff College is the last school in the CTEP progression. It takes cadets at the strategic level and teaches them the skills to plan and execute a wing level event such as an encampment. They spend the weekend planning the next encampment. Many times the ideas that they come up with are implemented into the actual encampment.
ATS cadets come from all sorts of backgrounds: physically strong to weak, some super intelligent to those who struggle with study. Whatever your background or status, ATS will help you prepare to train future cadets.
If you ask any cadet that is a graduate of ATS to tell you about the school, you will be told that you learn to work as a team, that you learn servant leadership, that you learn to never quit, and that it is hard. Before the conversation is over you will be told, “You just have to go through it to understand!” That’s because the school is not a type of environment that shows you all the points of good servant leadership; you have to live the environment of good servant leadership in the school. It’s not an environment that teaches you good team work points and principles, you have to live good team work and principles to understand them. ATS helps cadets define, and practically work through, the core values and regulations for the purpose of rising up and leading not only CAP cadets, but others in your life outside of CAP.
As an ATS student, you will be pushed harder mentally and physically than you ever have, regardless of your background or training. You will discover the value and friendship of fellow cadets regardless of age difference, grade, gender or race. All of these things are used to develop the mindset needed for the successful training of future cadets. It is impossible to describe what it is like to go through ATS or to be an ATS cadet, but after going through ATS you will understand that “being an ATS cadet is not about completing the school...it is a state of mind.”
Airman Leadership School (ALS) is the first step in the Cadet Training and Education Program (CTEP). It is for all airmen, airman basic through senior airman. ALS takes new cadets through everything that they will need before they go to encampment. It prepares them by having experienced cadet staff work with them on their uniforms, their boots, their drill movements and many other aspects of cadet life.
Intermediate encampment is for cadets who have completed basic encampment and have an interest in CAP's rocketry program and the art of marksmanship. Intermediate encampment is held concurrently with basic encampment.