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Join as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet

What if you could get opportunities that very few teens are able to experience?  

The Civil Air Patrol has hundreds of squadrons located throughout the United States.  The Mount Washington Composite Squadron is based in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets learn how to be leaders, fly in our single engine aircraft, participate in emergency services training activities and create strong friendships with their peers. If you’re focused on getting into college, a service academy, or the military after high school, the CAP Cadet Program is for you.

Civil Air Patrol Cadets regularly have opportunities to:

  • Take the controls of a CAP aircraft and learn to fly a plane

  • Proudly wear the U.S. Air Force uniform with cadet insignia

  • Earn rank and leadership positions to be in charge of training fellow cadets

  • Participate in a variety of aviation activities ranging from flying drones and launching rockets to flying on military aircraft

  • Serve the community through carrying the nation’s flag in parades (color guard) and learning emergency services qualifications for search and rescue and disaster relief

  • Dozens of summer activities every year ranging from Flight Academy and Hawk Mountain Search & Rescue School to Air Force Pararescue Orientation and Cadet Survival School

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.  Cadets from all over Coos County meet every week for 2 hours on Tuesday nights at the American Legion Post next to the Whitefield Town Office.  There are also optional weekend activities and training events almost every month throughout the year, and longer training opportunities all over the country every summer.

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Ready to join?

The process is easy:

Step 1

Get in touch or just come to one of our weekly squadron meetings.  All meetings are open to prospective cadets and their parents.

Step 2

Attend at least three squadron meetings to meet the other cadets and senior members and learn what Civil Air Patrol is all about. 

Step 3

After the second meeting, you may complete the membership application online using the CAP Cadet Application or in person with the squadron commander.  The unit charter number is NER-NH-075.  A parent will need to provide payment for the annual membership dues with a credit card.

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