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Cadet Programs


Lt Col John Higgins Jr

Asst Director of Cadet Programs

Capt John Wenzel

Cadet Programs Development Officer

Maj Valerie Espinili

Cadet Activites Officer

Lt Col James Kalemis

Cadet Advisory Council Chair

C/1st Lt Evelyn Buck


The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.  Cadets meet 2.5 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

Illinois Cadet Programs is like in other wings a dynamic program. There are many local activities throughout the year and several larger wing activities. Spring Encampment, Summer Encampment and Johnson Flight Academy.

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Last reviewed: 3 Jun 21

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