May 14, 2016

Cadet Programs

Deer Valley Composite Squadron’s Color Guard members marched in the Parade of Colors at Memorial Day ceremonies at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 has an active cadet program with more than 40 members. Cadets advance through a hierarchical curriculum. Advanced cadets mentor junior cadets. Squadron 302 cadets meet every Monday from 7:00-9:30 pm in the squadron building at the Deer Valley Airport. 

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 also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

More About the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program:

▲ Attracts more than 21,000 members ages 12 through 20. ▲ Educates youth in four main program areas — leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development. ▲ Enriches school curricula through after-school programs. ▲ Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, as well as flight training scholarships. ▲ About 10 percent of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s new classes are made up of former CAP cadets. ▲ Cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award enlist in the Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard at a higher pay grade. ▲ Provides activities and competitions for cadets at the local, state, regional and national levels. ▲ Participates in the International Air Cadet Exchange program.▲Awards college scholarships in several disciplines. ▲ Makes opportunities for community involvement available through color guard/drill team and emergency service missions. ▲ Explores STEM careers through aviation, space and technology-focused activities. ▲ Challenges youth to be ambassadors for a drug-free lifestyle.

Deputy Commander for Cadets: 1st Lt Frank Arvizu 

To learn more about becoming a CAP cadet, visit to see the answers to frequently asked questions. Squadron 302 requires potential cadets to complete an eight-week orientation program that prepares them for CAP membership. For additional information, send a message to