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National Cadet Special Activities

National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs) are opportunities for cadets to take Civil Air Patrol to the next level after they have completed Encampment. They will be surrounded by youth and staff that share a similar passion. NCSAs are designed to give cadets direct hands on experience with various aspects of the Civil Air Patrol program and to explore civilian and military aerospace careers, provide flight training, leadership development, engineering and technology, and enhance emergency services skills. Each activity is approximately a week long, and all but two are currently offered during the summer. These activities are located throughout the United States.


Sample NCSA's

In 2021, the Civil Air Patrol offered 46 NCSAs. Here are a few NCSAs to explore. See the NCSA webpage for a full list.

At Hawk Mountain, you'll be challenged learning the latest in search and rescue and emergency services training under mission field conditions located in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

 

National Blue Beret offers an opportunity to serve at the largest airshow in the U.S. hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association and located in Oshkosh, WI. With over 10,000 aircraft, cadets are instrumental in marshalling and helping on the flight line for ultralight aircraft.

 

At Glider Flight Academy, you'll learn to fly the Super Blanik L-23 gliders with a 53 foot wingspan. Imagine releasing your glider at 1800 feet and soaring back for a perfect landing. 

 


Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Cadet 2nd Lt. Ty Bennett, Anoka County Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Botkin, North Hennepin Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Botkin, North Hennepin Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. John Tabor, St. Paul Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. John Tabor, St. Paul Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Botkin, North Hennepin Composite Squadron
North Centra Region Glider Flight Academy, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Botkin, North Hennepin Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron
National Blue Beret, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Morgan Ryals, Anoka County Composite Squadron


Application Period:

Applications for summer NCSAs are generally due Oct-Jan 15th. Cadets and staff are then selected beginning in early February. 


Selection Process:

Most NCSAs select cadets and staff through an automated process based on objective point values. Some activities require a supplemental, such as an essay or a questionnaire, and/ or an interview are slotted manually. 

VERY IMPORTANT: Once you apply, send an email to your squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets and the Wing Director of Cadet Programs on why you want to attend and how it will benefit the your squadron and the wing. You will not be prompted to do this in the application process, so please make a note of it.

Age Milestone Longevity Prior Activities
18+ 10 points Spaatz 20 points 5+ years 15 points None 15 points
17 8 points Eaker 16 points 4 years 12 points 1 10 points
16 6 points Earhart 14 points 3 years 9 points 2 5 points
15 4 points Mitchell 12 points 2 years 5 points 3+ 0 points
14 3 points Wright Brothers 8 points 1 year 2 points    
<14 0 points None 0 points <1 year 0 points    
Note:  Receiving a highly recommended, sometimes called "green light," from the Wing adds 100 points to total score.

Financial Support and Scholarships:

Financial Support: Go to the eServices CadetInvest Module to apply for Cadet Lift and Take-Off Program Cadet (TOP), needs-based financial assistance, and for flight scholarships. These programs are designed to offset costs associated with attending some NCSAs, as well as flight academies. They include payment of your activity fees and transportation to and from the activity. Go to the CadetInvest pages for more details. Deadline to apply for scholarships and financial assistance is generally December 31st. Being offered financial assistance is not a guarantee of acceptance into an activity. You must compete for and receive a slot at an activity. You will be notified if you are a recipient of financial aid/scholarship before you are required to accept or decline a slot at an activity. 


Learn More

Please visit the NCSA webpage to verify the dates referenced above.

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