Cadet Memory Items
All cadets are required to memorize the Cadet Oath, CAP Core Values, CAP Motto, CAP's Three Missions, 5 Program Elements of CAP Cadet Programs, and Cadet Honor Code.
"Semper Vigilans" - Always Vigilant
The CAP Motto reflects the ever ready status of the Civil Air Patrol. It means that every member, cadet and senior, must be prepared to respond effectively to any situation.
THE CADET OATH
Must be able to recite from memory.
I pledge that I will serve faithfully
in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program
and that I will attend meetings regularly
participate actively in unit activities
obey my officers
wear my uniform properly
and advance my education and training rapidly
to prepare myself to be of service
to my community, state, and nation.
CAP's THREE CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED MISSIONS:
Aerospace Education - Emergency Services - Cadet Programs
5 Program Elements of CAP Cadet Programs:
Leadership, Aerospace, Fitness, Character, and Activities
CADET HONOR CODE
I will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate among us anyone who does.
Honor Code Explanation and Expectation:
Each cadet should understand the purpose of the Honor Code and their duty and obligation.
The Cadet Honor Code establishes a common ground or foundation for cadets to compete with one another on a fair and equitable basis. It paves the way for an individual to achieve based upon his own merits. Cheating is taking unfair advantage of others. It applies not only to cheating on a test but to your whole cadet life, from academics to physical education. Taking someone's property for whatever reason, without the permission of the owner is stealing. Willfully destroying another person's property is the same as stealing it because the owner can no longer use his possession. The toleration clause of the Cadet Honor Code is the backbone of the code. It makes the code work and eliminates the need for a policing body. If a cadet knows of a violation of the Honor Code and does not report it, he becomes an accessory in keeping dishonor within the Corps. Non-toleration is not "ratting" on your fellow cadets, it is simply not tolerating violations of the Cadet Honor Code, within your own Cadet Corps.
Other Important Information To Know
Definition of Teamwork: Teamwork is a group of individuals working together to achieve a common goal, while putting aside personal desires and comforts for the team.
Definition of Leadership: The art of influencing and directing people in a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving a common objective.
Definition of Military Discipline Military discipline is that mental attitude and state of training which renders obedience instinctive under all conditions. It is founded upon respect for, and loyalty to, properly constituted authority.
The Value of Drill and Ceremony: On the drill field, the individual learns to participate as a member of a team, to appreciate the need for discipline; that is, to respond to authority, to follow orders promptly, and precisely, and to recognize the effects of their actions on the group as a whole. Learning to follow is the beginning of leadership.
CAP Founding Date: December 1st, 1941
USAF Founding Date: September 18, 1947