The Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Officer School kicks off today at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The 10-day course, which runs through July 23, will be attended by 116 teens from across the country.
Patterned after the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Cadet Officer School is an academically challenging, in-depth study of leadership combining lectures, seminars and hands-on training. Instructors will guide cadets through the psychology of leadership and problem-solving techniques. They will practice what they learn through a series of writing and speaking assignments that will culminate with a group project that tests their ability to overcome obstacles through planning and teamwork.
The course will be conducted through the combined efforts of CAP members and Air Force active duty, reserve and Air National Guard personnel.
This school is one of 30 national cadet special activities sponsored by CAP this summer. In 2008, 1,064 youth participated in CAP-sponsored summer activities.
For more information: www.gocivilairpatrol.com.