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New Cadet Guide

Welcome to Squadron 156

A How-To Guide and Checklist for new Civil Air Patrol Cadets

Welcome to Civil Air Patrol. As a new cadet, information can sometimes be overwhelming and other times is very hard to find.

The purpose of this document is to assist the new Civil Air Patrol cadet in getting started in our organization. Although this document is written for the benefit of our new members, it is not a substitute for your chain of command or our Squadron Great Start program. Our squadron’s leadership will work with you to identify an opening in our next Great Start orientation class to introduce you to our organization. Until that happens, you should feel confident that the Squadron Commander, the Deputy Commanders and all of the rest of our squadron are here to answer your questions and guide you.

Civil Air Patrol has three core missions. These are Emergency Services, the Cadet Program and Aerospace Education. Although you will learn about all three of these missions, this guide is intended to help cadets specifically start their journey in the cadet program.

Cadet members join from ages 12-18 and may continue as cadets after joining until they are 21 years old. Senior members are our adult leaders and join our organization after their 18th birthday.

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