PHASE I - The Learning Phase
 
           
 
INSIGNIA
RIBBON
RANK
ACHIEVEMENT and AWARD
 
 

 

 

C/AB - Cadet Airman Basic Addressed as “Cadet”

 
 

 

C/Amn – Cadet Airman Addressed as“Cadet” or “Airman

General J. F. Curry Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 1 in Phase I of the cadet program. Cadets must successfully complete the Physical Fitness test, Leadership chapter 1, and have participated in at least 1 character development class. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Airman.

 
 

 

C/A1C - Cadet Airman First Class Addressed as “Cadet” or “Airman”

General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 2 in Phase I of the cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Airman First Class.

 
 

 

C/SrA - Cadet Senior Airman Addressed as “Cadet” or “Airman”

Mary Feik Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman.

 
 

 

C/SSgt - Cadet Staff Sergeant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Sergeant”

Wright Brothers Award is awarded for successfully completing the Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. It marks the transition of a cadet to the non-commissioned officer status in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant.

 
 
 
 
PHASE Il - The Learning Phase
 
           
 
INSIGNIA
RIBBON
RANK
ACHIEVEMENT and AWARD
 
 

 

C/TSgt - Cadet Technical Sergeant  Addressed as “Cadet” or “Sergeant”

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 4 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant.
 
 

 

C/MSgt - Cadet Master Sergeant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Sergeant”

Charles A. Lindbergh Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 5 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Master Sergeant.
 
 

 

C/SMSgt - Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Sergeant”

General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 6 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant.

 
 

 

C/CMSgt - Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Chief”

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 7 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Accompanies promotion to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. NOTE: A silver star worn on the ribbon denotes successful completion of the Model Rocketry Badge requirements (if Mitchell Award has been earned).

 
 

 

C/SMSgt - Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Chief”

Neil Armstrong Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 8 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Awarded for the second achievement of Chief Master Sergeant.

 
     
 
PHASE Ill - The Command Phase
 
           
 
INSIGNIA
RIBBON
RANK
ACHIEVEMENT and AWARD
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

C/2LT - Cadet Second Lieutenant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Lieutenant,” “Sir” or “Ma’am

General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program; cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, Cadet Officers. The award is given in honor of Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.

In order to earn this award, cadets must pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests and attend moral leadership training for each achievement from Cadet Airman Basic through Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. In addition, cadets must attend a military-style encampment before this award is made, and have maintained active membership in the Civil Air Patrol for at least 18 months since joining. 15% of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award. Mitchell Cadets who chose to enlist in the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard are promoted to E-3 upon enlistment and completion of Basic Military Training (BMT), instead of E-1. Mitchell Cadets who enlist in the Marine Corps, Navy, or Army are promoted to E-2 upon completion of BMT. A silver star is worn on the ribbon to denote successful completion of Cadet Officer School.

By regulation, this award should be presented by a group commander (or higher), the wing director of cadet programs, a state or federal official, or an elected local official.

 
   

C/1LT - Cadet First Lieutenant Addressed as “Cadet” or “Lieutenant,” “Sir” or “Ma’am”

 

 
 

C/CPT - Cadet Captain Addressed as “Cadet” or “Captain,” “Sir” or “Ma’am”

Amelia Earhart Award is a cadet achievement of the Civil Air Patrol presented in honor of Amelia Earhart, pioneering aviatrix and aviation record-setter. This award is presented on behalf of CAP National Headquarters to denote the successful completion of the specific requirements in Phase III of this program. Cadets receiving the Earhart Award are promoted to Cadet Captain. By regulation, this award should be presented by a wing commander (or designee) or higher, an official appointed to a state or federal office, or a state legislator or state judge.
 
     
 
PHASE IV - The Executive Phase
 
   
 
 
INSIGNIA
RIBBON
RANK
ACHIEVEMENT and AWARD
 
   

C/MAJ - Cadet Major Addressed as “Cadet” or “Major,” “Sir” or “Ma’am”

   
 

C/LTC - Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Addressed as “Cadet” or “Colonel,” “Sir” or “Ma’am”

General Ira C. Eaker Award is given by the Civil Air Patrol in honor of the former Deputy Commander U.S. Army Air Forces and aviation pioneer. It is presented on behalf of CAP by CAP National Headquarters to cadets who have completed the specific requirements in the Phase IV of the cadet program. The award is accompanied by promotion to the grade of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. By regulation, this award should be presented by a region commander (or designee) or higher, a governor, congressman, federal judge, official appointed to a federal office, or a military officer in the rank of colonel (or the equivalent) or above.

 
 

C/COL - Cadet Colonel Addressed as “Cadet” or “Colonel,” “Sir” or “Ma’am”

General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the highest award in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. The award honors General Carl A. Spaatz, who was the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and the second National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol. The Spaatz Award may be awarded to cadets who "successfully complete all phases of the CAP cadet program and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award examination" consisting of a comprehensive leadership and aerospace education written examination, a graded essay and a physical fitness test. The Spaatz Award is arguably the most difficult honor to earn in the CAP cadet program. Only .5% of CAP cadets ever earn the Spaatz award.

 
     

Cadets earning Spaatz Award are also promoted to Cadet Colonel, the highest grade obtainable in the cadet program. Upon reaching the age of 21, Cadet Colonels are eligible to transfer to the Civil Air Patrol Officer program with appointment to the grade of Captain. Cadet Colonels who voluntarily transfer to the Officer program between the ages of 18 and 21 receive the grade Senior Flight Officer. By regulation, this award should be presented by a military or CAP general officer, governor, congressman, federal judge, or a cabinet-level official.