New Cadets Start Here
First Tasks for New Cadets
Help for New Cadets
1. Create an account in eServices
Follow the eServices login located at the top of this page. As you create your account, double-check that your contact information is correct.
2. Complete the Cadet Welcome Course
A 15-minute online module in Cadet Interactive, the Cadet Welcome Course, will help you get started. If you don’t have web access, ask your squadron for an in-person briefing.
How do I get to the Welcome Course?
3. Get Into Uniform
You need one uniform to get started. Eventually you’ll want to have both the camouflage utility uniform (ABUs), and the service uniform, “blues.”
Upon completing Achievement 1 and becoming a Cadet Airman, you’ll qualify for the Curry Blues Voucher, which covers some of the costs of the “blues” uniform. Therefore, we suggest you obtain ABUs first, and then use the Curry Blues Voucher to obtain your “blues.”
Uniform items may be purchased through a variety of sources. The official source for CAP insignia and uniforms is Vanguard. Shop with them at civilairpatrolstore.com, (800)221-1264. If you’re near an Air Force base, you can buy uniform garments (but not CAP insignia) at the Exchange or base thrift store.
Speak to your squadron leaders about local options, too. Sometimes the squadron has a “supply closet,” and military surplus stores could be another option.
4. Look Around
Your New Cadet Kit will arrive within 10 days of your officially joining CAP. Watch your mailbox.
Look through the New Cadet Guide booklet. Make that your #1 resource for getting started in CAP.
Give the Parents' Guide to your mom, dad, or guardian. To be a successful cadet, you'll need their support, and the Parents' Guide can help you explain to them why CAP is important to you.
5. Read Your Leadership Text
Read Learn to Lead, chapter 1. You’ll need to learn this material to complete Achievement 1 and qualify for promotion to Cadet Airman. Pay attention to the learning objectives and use them to quiz yourself.
6. Complete Cadet Interactive Leadership Module 1
After reading Learn to Lead chapter 1, go deeper and challenge your learning in Cadet Interactive. If you don’t have web access, you can ask your squadron to give you an open-book test instead. Are you a high achiever? Go for Honor Credit by doing both the Cadet Interactive module and the open-book test.
7. Begin using your Personal Cadet Tracker
Record your accomplishments on your Personal Cadet Tracker. While you do that, set some goals for your first year as a cadet.
8. Plan to Attend Encampment.
Encampment is a full immersion into all the opportunities of cadet life. It’ll be the high point of your first year! Most encampments are 1-week in duration and held during the summer. Check the encampment page to see if information is available and mark your calendar, or ask your squadron for details.
The Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP, say “seep”) can help you with tuition and uniform costs.
Basic Expectations for 1st Year Cadets
★ Stay with CAP for at least 1 year. Give the cadet experience a chance to impact your life.
★ Attend your weekly squadron meetings.
★ Attend one "Saturday" event per month, if available.
★ Attend encampment. It's an awesome, week-long, overnight activity immersing you into all facets of cadet life.
★ Earn the Wright Brothers' Award during your first year.
★ Participate in an orientation flight
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I earn my first promotion?
Visit Stripes to Diamonds. It'll tell you exactly what you need to do to become a Cadet Airman. Keep track of your progress through the Cadet Program using the Personal Cadet Tracker. And if your New Cadet Kit hasn't arrived yet, you can download Chapter 1 of the leadership textbook above.
2. Where's my membership card?
You should receive your CAP ID card in the mail within 30 days of joining. If yours hasn't arrived, please contact us.
3. What is my CAPID?
Your CAPID is a 6-digit identification number. It's found on your membership card and in eServices.
4. How do I get my textbooks?
About 10 days after joining, you should receive a New Cadet Kit in the mail. If you haven't received yours after 2 weeks, please contact us.
5. Where do I go if I have more questions?
Talk with local leaders in your squadron, especially your Cadet Element Leader or Cadet Flight Sergeant. Their job is to help you succeed in CAP. Moms and dads should visit our Parents' Page.