Hanscom Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol - US Air Force Auxiliary

Cadet Memorization

The following is a list of common items and themes that you as a cadet should memorize. You will need to recall this information throughout your Civil Air Patrol membership, so is important that you learn this and be ready to recall it when required to do so.

Mission of Civil Air Patrol: The mission of Civil Air Patrol is to employ voluntarily its resources of manpower and equipment for Search and Rescue; to fulfill its role of readiness for local and national emergencies; to motivate the youth of America to its highest ideals of leadership and public service; and to maintain this nation's air and space supremacy through a systematic aerospace education and training program.

Cadet Oath: I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program, 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 in order to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation.

Preamble to the Constitution: We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for a common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty for ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Definition of Military Discipline: Mental attitude and state of training which renders reasoned willing obedience and proper conduct instinctively under all conditions. It is founded upon respect for, and loyalty to, the properly constituted authority.

Cadet Code of Honor: I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate anyone among us who does. Furthermore, I will resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is the art of influencing people to progress with enthusiasm towards the successful completion of a mission.

First Law of a Cadet: To accept all orders and carry them out to the best of my ability without question.

CAP Motto: Semper Vigilans, Always Vigilant.  Means: “Always Watchful"

Five Responses of a Cadet: ''No / Yes Sir-", ''No Excuse Sir-", "Permission to ask a question Sir-", "Permission to make a statement Sir·" (Sir, Ma'am, Chief, or Sergeant)

Date CAP was founded: December 1,1941
Date USAF was founded: July 26, 1947

Date Public Law was enacted to create CAP as a non-profit organization: Public Law 476 July 1, 1946

Date Public Law was enacted which made CAP an official USAF Auxiliary: Public Law 557: May 26, 1948. 80th Congress, 2nd Session.

Year the Cadet Program started: 1942