Cadet Airmen (C/E1-4)
Cadet Airmen make up the bulk of the cadet corps and are comprised of the junior grades in the member body.
As Phase 1 of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, cadet airmen begin their transition as "followers" while developing into the junior, frontline leaders within the training program, mentoring new cadets as they join behind them while learning the skills and techniques of small team leadership.
Cadet Airman Basic (C/AB) — C/E-1
Cadet Airman Basic is the entry-level grade held by all brand-new cadets upon joining Civil Air Patrol. These cadets are undergoing Basic Cadet Training and will promote to Cadet Airman upon initial training completion.
C/AB does not have any grade insignia worn on the cadet uniform.
Cadet Airman (C/Amn) — C/E-2
Cadet Airman represents a cadet's first promotion and signifies their completion of the initial Basic Cadet Training program. Cadets at this grade are beginning their basic development as junior leaders as they begin to undergo team-level leadership training and application.
Expectations: At this grade, cadets are expected to be capable of proper uniform wear, employ appropriate customs and courtesies, and display punctuality and commitment to the Civil Air Patrol Core Values.
Eligibility: Cadets promote to this grade upon the completion of Basic Cadet Training, which requires the completion of the first leadership test (Learn to Lead, Chapter 1) and drill test. Cadets must have attempted their first Cadet Physical Fitness Test (passing score not required for this grade) and have completed the Cadet Wingman Course as an introduction into the Cadet Protection Program and team-building concept.
Minimum Time in CAP: 2 months.
Cadet Airman First Class (C/A1C) — C/E-3
Cadet Airman First Class represents a cadet's diligence and persistence in continuing their advancement through the program. At this grade, cadets have spent at least several months refining their skills as junior cadets and have been regularly engaged in exciting and educational activities to help enhance their knowledge and experiences in Civil Air Patrol. Many cadets take on their first role as an Element Leader at this grade and enter into their first experience as an assigned leader of a small team.
Expectations: At this grade, cadets are not only displaying that they can wear the uniform properly and employ CAP customs and courtesies, but they are starting to mentor junior cadets and peers to do the same. Cadets should be taking questions they have to superiors to find accurate information and instruction; thus, cadets should be demonstrating their willingness to learn more and share their knowledge with those junior to them.
Eligibility: Cadets promote to this grade upon the completion of a Learn to Lead, Chapter 2 review and satisfactory passing of a drill test. Cadets must also complete a review of Aerospace Dimensions (any module) and have attempted a Cadet Physical Fitness Test within the previous 180 days.
Minimum Time in CAP: 4 months.
Cadet Senior Airman (C/SrA) — C/E-4
Cadet Senior Airman represents that a cadet has developed specialized knowledge and understanding of Civil Air Patrol fundamentals and that they are continuing to advance through the program with the willingness to take on greater responsibilities as junior mentors. Cadets of this grade often hold roles as assistants to the support staff and perform duties in support of activity planning.
Expectations: At this grade, cadets are developing their proficiency in mentoring subordinate cadets and are demonstrating that they are preparing for advancement into the cadet non-commissioned officer grades. Cadets should be actively participating in activities beyond weekly meetings and are portraying a sense of autonomy and independence, particularly in developing self-study habits.
Eligibility: Cadets promote to this grade upon completion of a Lead to Lead, Chapter 3 review and satisfactory passing of a drill test. Cadets must also complete a review of Aerospace Dimensions (any module not yet completed) and have attempted a Cadet Physical Fitness Test within the previous 180 days.
Minimum Time in CAP: 6 months.