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Awards and decorations of the Civil Air Patrol

Awards and decorations of the Civil Air Patrol are decorations issued by the Civil Air Patrol of the United States of America for a variety of accomplishment. Such awards are considered civilian decorations and generally speaking may only be worn and displayed on a uniform of the Civil Air Patrol. An exception to this rule applies to incoming AFROTC and JROTC cadets who have also participated in CAP. These cadets are allowed to wear the highest CAP cadet achievement/award ribbon that they earned on their uniform.

Senior Member Awards

These awards may be given to Senior Members in Civil Air Patrol.

Silver Medal of Valor

The Silver Medal of Valor is the highest decoration that may be awarded to a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

According to CAP Regulation 39-3, Section B, Chapter 9a, the Silver Medal of Valor is awarded to an active Civil Air Patrol member for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty". The presentation of this decoration is authorized by the Civil Air Patrol's National Executive Committee.

The Silver Medal of Valor award package includes the medal, a mini-medal for the mess dress uniform, and the ribbon.

Bronze Medal of Valor

The Bronze Medal of Valor is the second highest decoration that may be awarded to a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

According to CAP Regulation 39-3, Section B, Chapter 9b, the Bronze Medal of Valor is awarded to an active Civil Air Patrol member for "distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known". The Chairman of the National Awards Review Board is authorized to approve this medal for the NEC

The Bronze Medal of Valor award package includes the medal, a mini-medal for the mess dress uniform, and the ribbon.

Distinguished Service Medal

Awarded to Officers or Cadets for the performance of outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige of Civil Air Patrol on a national scale. Recognition should be for an extremely difficult duty of marked national significance which is performed in a clearly outstanding manner or service which clearly aided Civil Air Patrol in furthering national polices.

This is the highest award for service given by the Civil Air Patrol. Any member may nominate deserving Cadets or Officers and the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination must be approved by the CAP National Headquarters.

Exceptional Service Award

Awarded to Officers or Cadets for outstanding service to CAP in a duty of great responsibility while serving in any capacity with CAP. However, the duty should carry the ultimate responsibility for the successful operation of a region, wing, or major project within the region or wing. The discharge of such duty must involve the acceptance and fulfillment of the obligation so as to greatly benefit the wing or region and CAP.

Any member may nominate deserving Cadets or Officers and the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination must be approved by the Region Commander.

Meritorious Service Award

Awarded to Officers or Cadets for outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP. Superior performance of normal duties does not, in itself, constitute automatic justification for the Meritorious Service Award. Awards should be restricted to the recognition of achievements and services which are clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and accomplishments of personnel of like rank and responsibilities. In instances where many individuals are affiliated with an exceptionally successful program, project, or mission, the Meritorious Service Award should be awarded to the relatively few individuals whose contributions clearly stand out from the others and who have contributed most to the success of the program.

Any member may nominate deserving Cadets or Officers and the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination must be approved by the Region Commander.

Commander's Commendation Award

Awarded to Officers or Cadets for outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility. In instances where several members are affiliated with an exceptionally successful program, project or mission, the Commander’s Commendation Award will be awarded only to those who clearly stand out from the others and who contributed most to the success of the program. A silver star is added to denote a Commanders' Commendation given by the Civil Air Patrol National Commander. The Exceptional Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award differ from the Commanders’ Commendation Award in that they recognize achievements and services significantly above and beyond normal duty performance.

Any member may nominate deserving Cadets or Officers and the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination must be approved by the CAP Wing (State) Commander.

Achievement Award

Awarded to members for noticeable duty performance where achievements and services are greater than those of others with like rank and responsibility. It will be awarded to those members who don't quite fit the qualifications for the Commander's Commendation Award.

Any member may nominate a deserving member for the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination for members of local squadrons must be approved by a group commander, or wing commander in wings without groups.

The achievement award was approved in August 2008 by CAP's national board. Guidelines for issue, as well as certificates and ribbons, are forthcoming.

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

The "Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving" is awarded to members who save a human life, but do not meet the criteria for the Bronze or Silver Medal of Valor. Members who are credited with a save as a result of participation in a blood or organ transport mission will be awarded the basic ribbon. A silver star will be attached to the ribbon in recognition of lifesaving actions other than blood or organ transport. In either case, the ribbon will be awarded only once. Members who were previously awarded the ribbon for a save other than blood or organ transport should attach a silver star to the ribbon and remove all other devices. All previous criteria and wear instructions no longer apply.

Any member may nominate deserving Cadets or Senior Members and the award, except that awards concerning commanders must be initiated at a higher command level. The nomination must be approved by the CAP Wing (State) Commander.

National Commander's Unit Citation Award

Presented to any CAP unit that has performed some act or service above and beyond the normal call of duty that the National Commander determines warrants special recognition. The National Board approved the establishment of a National Commander’s Unit Citation Award at the March 2007 National Board.

Mar 06 National Board Minutes (pg 11)

Unit Citation Award

Exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units:

(1) Recognition of meritorious service should cover a period of at least 12 months in order to permit the recommending authority to consider simultaneously units with related missions, compare all the units within their wing or region, and select the truly outstanding unit meriting the award.

(2) Recognition of outstanding achievements intended to recognize a single specific act or notable accomplishment that is separate and distinct from the normal mission or regular function of the unit. The period of an outstanding achievement is normally short and characterized by definite beginning and ending dates.

National Commander's Citation

The National Commander's Citation is to the Senior program what the Falcon was to the Cadet Program. After earning the Wilson, a member could complete Air War College (And some other requirements) and earn this award. The ribbon looks like the Wilson upside down, but after looking at the original ribbons you will understand the color pattern. Additional information can be found at http://www.dafab.us/CAPCode/CAPRibbons.htm

Gill Robb Wilson Award (Level V)

The Gill Robb Wilson Award is presented to Senior Members who complete Level V of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. The award is issued directly from National Headquarters. This is the highest award in the Senior Member Professional Development Program.

Members who complete Air Command and Staff College are authorized to wear a bronze star on the Gill Robb Wilson Award ribbon. Members who complete Air War College are authorized to wear a silver star on the Gill Robb Wilson Award ribbon. The silver star replaces the bronze star. Only one device is worn on the ribbon.

Paul E. Garber Award (Level IV)

The Paul E. Garber Award is presented to Senior Members who complete Level IV of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. The award is issued directly from National Headquarters. The Garber Award is a prerequisite for consideration for duty performance promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in Civil Air Patrol.

Members who complete Squadron Officer School are authorized to wear a bronze star on the Garber Award ribbon.

Grover Loening Award (Level III)

The Grover Loening Award is presented to Senior Members who complete Level III of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. The award is issued directly from National Headquarters. The Loening Award is a prerequisite for consideration for duty performance promotion to Major in Civil Air Patrol.

Leadership Award (Level II)

Awarded to Senior Members who complete the requisite training and obtain a Technician Rating in the any specialty track, IAW with the Senior Member Professional Development Program. Members obtaining a Senior Rating are authorized to wear a bronze star on the Leadership Award Ribbon, and a silver star for a Master Rating. A maximum of three silver star attachments may be worn in recognition of each master rating earned.

Membership Award (Level I)

Awarded to Senior Members who successfully complete the Level I CAP Orientation Course. Completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite for participation in most areas of the CAP mission and for duty performance promotion to Second Lieutenant in the CAP.

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager Award

Awarded to Senior Members for successful completion of the Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (AEPSM).

A. Scott Crossfield Award

Awarded by National Headquarters to Senior Members who have earned the master level rating in the aerospace education specialty track and served as aerospace education officer.

Frank E. Borman Falcon Award

The Frank E. Borman Falcon Award was awarded to former Cadets who completed the Spaatz Award and "who took subsequent steps to become dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. Specifically, 1) secured admission to any military service academy and successfully completed the second year of instruction, 2) Secured admission to advanced ROTC program of any service in an accredited college of university, or 3) Become an active Senior Member of CAP for at least one year and be recommended by the unit Commander.
This award was unique in that it is specifically authorized for award to non-CAP members: former Spaatz cadets who qualified based on their military training were encouraged to apply to Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters for the Falcon Award, even if they were no longer CAP members.
The Falcon Award was discontinued in 1979. Senior Members who where awarded the Falcon Award may continue to wear it as their highest cadet award with their other ribbons. Also, any Senior Member who was previously a CAP Cadet is authorized to wear the highest Cadet achievement award.

Chronology of the Falcon Award

Command Service Ribbon

Awarded to Senior Members who have served at least 1 year continuous service as commander — squadron, group, wing, etc. The basic ribbon is awarded for service as a squadron commander. A bronze star is added to denote service as group commander, a silver star for wing commander, and a gold star for region commander service. Two gold stars will be used to denote service as National Commander. Only one level of command may be shown on the ribbon.

Red Service Ribbon

The Red Service Ribbon is given to any member of the Civil Air Patrol who has been a member of the program for two years (as a cadet or Senior Member in good standing.) In addition, the following devices are awarded for additional years of service.

(1) First Bronze Clasp. Awarded at the end of 3 additional years (total of 5 years).

(2) Additional Bronze Clasps. One additional bronze clasp will be awarded for each additional 5 years of service. A maximum of three bronze clasps (denoting 15 years of service) will be worn.

(3) Longevity Device. A metal number, denoting years of service, awarded at the end of 20 years and in increments of 5 years thereafter. The longevity device is worn centered on the red service ribbon and the bronze clasps are no longer worn.

Rescue "Find" Ribbon

Awarded by the wing commander (or a subordinate commander if authority is delegated by the wing commander) to any CAP member of the wing making a find (distress or nondistress) on a search and rescue mission. A “distress find” is defined as one involving downed aircraft or persons in distress. Normally, a definite search objective must have been assigned, located, and positively identified. All other finds will be classified as “nondistress,” e.g., location of nondistress emergency locator transmitters. The basic ribbon is awarded for a first find (distress or nondistress). A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional distress find or for each additional 20 nondistress finds. Both aircrew and ground team members may receive credit for finds. Also, if desired, the Search “Find’ Ribbon may be painted on the aircraft in which the find was made.

(1) Finds for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) or the USCG Auxiliary. Exceptions to the above criteria may be made for finds accomplished during missions conducted in concert with the USCG or USCG Auxiliary. The bulk, of this joint effort consists of CAP flying patrol missions commonly referred to as “sundown patrol.” When a CAP member or crew locates a boat or persons in distress and is instrumental in their discovery, credit for a distress find may be granted and a “find” ribbon awarded, provided the effort is classified as an “assist” by the USCG.

(2) Finds by Aircrew Members. In case of a search and rescue find by aircraft, a ribbon will be awarded to all crew members. This applies to both “find and rescue” operations and “find and report” operations. For example, when the search objective is sighted, rescue by aircraft may be impossible so the crew reports the find by relaying the information to an official ground station. A bronze three-bladed propeller device will be worn centered on the Search “Find” Ribbon earned as aircrew members.

(3) Finds by Ground Personnel. If the find is made by search and rescue ground teams, the ribbon will be awarded to all members of the team which locates the objective. Ground personnel will wear the Search “Find” Ribbon without the propeller clasp.

(4) Combined Participation. A member who earns the Search “Find” Ribbon as an aircrew member is identified as an aircrew member by having the bronze propeller attached to the ribbon. If the same individuals earn a clasp as a ground member who makes a find, they are authorized to attach the clasp to the same ribbon with the bronze propeller. This also applies to the individual who initially earns the Search “Find” Ribbon as a member of a ground search party and at some later date makes a find as an aircrew member. The member is then authorized to attach the bronze propeller to the ribbon.

Air Search and Rescue Ribbon

Awarded to members who participate actively in at least 10 search and rescue sorties. A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional 10 sorties. All sorties must be in support of an actual search and rescue mission authorized by competent authority.

(1) Aircrew Members. A bronze three-bladed propeller device will be worn centered on Air Search and Rescue Ribbons earned as aircrew members. Credit will be given for participation in flights as either pilot or observer.

(2) Ground Personnel. Credit given will be computed on the basis of time spent on a mission and the nature of the duties performed.

(a) Ground personnel performing hazardous duties such as ground rescue or ground search, may be credited with one sortie for each 4 hours of actual participation, but not to exceed three sorties in any 24-hour period.

(b) Ground personnel performing non-hazardous duties, such as base support or staff functions, may be credited with one sortie for each 8 hours of participation, but not to exceed two sorties for any 24-hour period.

(3) Combined Participation. A member who earns the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as an aircrew member is identified as an aircrew member by having the bronze propeller attached to the ribbon. If the same individuals earn clasps as a ground member of searches or missions, they are authorized to attach the clasps to the same ribbon with the bronze propeller. This applies also to the individual who initially earned the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon as a member of a ground search party and at some later date participates in enough searches as an aircrew member; the member is then authorized to attach the bronze propeller to the ribbon. The first clasp, when awarded to a member with a bronze propeller already on their ribbon, is placed in the middle of the wearer’s left-hand side on the ribbon between the edge and the propeller; the second, on the opposite side in the same position. Additional clasps are placed so that the ribbon will have a balanced appearance until a silver clasp replaces five bronze clasps.

Counterdrug Ribbon

Awarded to Senior Members for participation in 10 counterdrug sorties. A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional 10 sorties.

Disaster Relief Ribbon

Awarded for participation in five actual/evaluated disaster relief missions AND completion of two designated disaster relief training courses, or one such course and an additional 40 hours of disaster relief training or operations.
Or the Disaster Relief Ribbon may be awarded to any CAP member who participates as a CAP member in a disaster relief effort for a Presidential declared disaster. Participation must be verified by the on-scene commander. Participation in any Presidential declared disaster since 1990 qualifies. Members earning the ribbon for such participation qualify for wear of the “V” device on the ribbon.

Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon

Awarded to members who provide 50 cadet orientation flights. Each cadet receiving credit for the flight, may be counted toward the total of 50. A bronze clasp may be added for each additional 50 flights.

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon(s)

See International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon

National Cadet Competition Ribbon(s)

Senior Members who earned this ribbon as a cadet may continue to wear the ribbon.

See National Cadet Competition Ribbon

Cadet Advisory Council Service Ribbon

Senior Members who earned this ribbon as a cadet may continue to wear the ribbon.

See Cadet Advisory Council Service Ribbon

Cadet Special Activities Ribbon(s)

See Cadet Special Activities Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon(s)

In addition to cadets, the Encampment Ribbon is awarded to Senior Members who provide leadership at CAP encampments.

See Encampment Ribbon

Senior Recruiter Ribbon

The Senior Recruiter Ribbon is awarded to CAP senior members who recruit seven new members to CAP. Additional bronze clasps may be awarded for recruiting an additional 10 members. Five bronze clasps will be replaced with a silver one, with an additional silver device for every fifty members recruited. Officers who earned the Cadet Recruiter Ribbon as a cadet may not wear the Cadet Recruiter Ribbon as an Officer, but may use the number of memebrs recruited as a cadet to qualify for the Senior Recruiter Ribbon.

Wartime Service Ribbon

The Wartime Service Ribbon is awarded to CAP members who served during World War II in any one of several capacities. The ribbon replaces several specific World War II ribbons, which are listed below.

Anti-Submarine Coastal Patrol Ribbon

The Anti-Submarine Coastal Patrol Ribbon was awarded to members who patrolled the Atlantic coast for enemy submarine attacks during World War II. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who have earned it.

Southern Liaison Patrol Ribbon

The Southern Liaison Patrol Ribbon was awarded to members who patrolled the southern border of the United States. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who earned it.

Tow-Target & Tracking Ribbon

The Tow-Target & Tracking Ribbon was awarded to members who conducted reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who earned it.

Courier Ribbon

The Courier Ribbon was awarded to members who served as public information officers. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who earned it.

Forest Patrol Ribbon

The Forest Patrol ribbon was awarded to members who patrolled the Northern United States border from enemy attacks. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who earned it.

Missing Aircraft Ribbon

The Missing Aircraft Ribbon was awarded to members who served as part of the search-and-recscue team for downed aircraft within United States borders. This ribbon is no longer available, but is still worn by those who earned it.

Cadet Awards

These awards may be given to Cadets in Civil Air Patrol.

Silver Medal of Valor

See Silver Medal of Valor

Bronze Medal of Valor

See Bronze Medal of Valor

Distinguished Service Medal

See Distinguished Service Medal

Exceptional Service Award

See Exceptional Service Award

Meritorious Service Award

See Meritorious Service Award

Commander's Commendation Award

See Commander's Commendation Award

Achievement Award

See Achievement Award

Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

See Certificate of Recognition for Lifesaving

National Commander's Unit Citation Award

See National Commander's Unit Citation Award

Unit Citation Award

See Unit Citation Award

General Carl A. Spaatz Award

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award is the highest award in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. The award honors General Carl 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 .05% 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.

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General Ira C. Eaker Award

The 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.

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Amelia Earhart Award

The 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.

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General Billy Mitchell Award

The 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.

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Neil Armstrong Achievement

The 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.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement

The 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).

General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement

The 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.

Charles A. Lindbergh Achievement

The 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.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement

The 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.

Wright Brothers Award

The 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.

Prior to the creation of the Mary Feik Achievement in April 2003, the Wright Brothers award was the 3rd Achievement and accompanied promotion to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman.

Mary Feik Achievement

The 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.

General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement

The 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.

General J. F. Curry Achievement

The 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 moral leadership class. Accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Airman.

Air Force Association Award to Unit Cadet of the Year

The "Air Force Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadets". An annual award established by the Air Force Association (AFA) to recognize the outstanding CAP cadet in each squadron.

Air Force Sergeants Association Award to Unit Cadet NCO of the Year

The "Air Force Sergeants Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadet Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. An annual award established by the Air Force Sergeants Association to recognize the outstanding CAP cadet NCO in each squadron.

VFW Award for Unit Cadet Officer of the Year

The VFW recognizes excellence in CAP cadet officers through an annual award to the outstanding cadet officer in each CAP squadron. CAP squadron commanders may nominate one cadet officer each year for the award by submitting a nomination to the VFW detailing the cadet's accomplishments and certifying that cadet officer is in good standing academically, progressing satisfactorily in the CAP cadet program, demonstrated outstanding achievement in community service and the cadet program (aerospace and leadership). The cadet must also be of high moral character, demonstrate a high level of professionalism in appearance and action and patriotism (commander or member of color guard, drill team, etc.), actively promote Americanism, demonstrate growth potential (assumes higher levels of responsibility). A Cadet may only receive this award once.

VFW Award for Unit Cadet NCO of the Year

The VFW recognizes excellence in CAP cadet non-commissioned officers (NCO) through an annual award to the outstanding cadet NCO in each CAP squadron. CAP squadron commanders may nominate one cadet NCO each year for the award by submitting a nomination to the VFW detailing the cadet's accomplishments and certifying that cadet officer is in good standing academically, progressing satisfactorily in the CAP cadet program, demonstrated outstanding achievement in community service and the cadet program (aerospace and leadership). The cadet must also be of high moral character, demonstrate a high level of professionalism in appearance and action and patriotism (commander or member of color guard, drill team, etc.), actively promote Americanism, demonstrate growth potential (assumes higher levels of responsibility). A Cadet may only receive this award once.

Red Service Ribbon

See Red Service Ribbon

Rescue "Find" Ribbon

See Rescue "Find" Ribbon

Air Search and Rescue Ribbon

See Air Search and Rescue Ribbon

Disaster Relief Ribbon

See Disaster Relief Ribbon

Cadet Community Service Award

The Cadet Community Service Ribbon is awarded to cadets who complete 60 hours of community service. The community service is done outside of Civil Air Patrol, and is verified by somebody other than the cadet.

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon

Awarded to cadets and officer escorts participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) outside the continental limits of the United States. IACE is a program open to Cadets 17 or older who have earned the Earhart Award (Cadet Captains and above) to visit participating foreign countries.

International Air Cadet Exchange

National Cadet Competition Ribbon

Awarded to cadets for participation as a team member in the National Cadet Competition. The basic ribbon will be worn by the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winners of the national competition. Repetitive awards may be recognized by wearing additional stars in the appropriate competition level. Officers who earned this ribbon as a cadet may continue to wear the ribbon. In November 1998, CAP's National Executive Committee approved an addendum to the regulation governing the wear of this ribbon; it authorizes Officers who acted as official escorts to the above mentioned championship teams to also wear the ribbon. This addendum will be incorporated into the next draft of the regulation.

National Cadet Color Guard Competition Ribbon

Awarded to cadets for participation as a team member in the National Color Guard Competition. The basic ribbon will be worn by the winner of the wing competition and/or cadets selected to represent the wing at a region competition. A bronze star will be affixed for the winners of the region competition, and a silver star will be worn by the sweepstakes winner of the national competition. Repetitive awards may be recognized by wearing additional stars in the appropriate competition level.In November 1998, CAP's National Executive Committee approved an addendum to the regulation governing the wear of this ribbon; it authorizes Officers who acted as official escorts to the above mentioned championship teams to also wear the ribbon. This addendum will be incorporated into the next draft of the regulation.

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon

The Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon is awarded to the primary members of an advisory council. A shoulder cord is worn while that member is the primary representative, while the ribbon continues to be worn even after the cadet is no longer on the CAC. The wear policy for the Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon was changed in 2007 to allow senior members who earned this ribbon as a cadet to continue wearing the ribbon with the appropriate clasp.

  • GROUP LEVEL: The basic ribbon with no attachments and worn with a green shoulder cord.
  • WING LEVEL: The ribbon would have a bronze star attachment and worn with a red shoulder cord.
  • REGION LEVEL: The ribbon would have a silver star and would be worn with a blue shoulder cord.
  • NATIONAL LEVEL: The ribbon would have a gold star attached along with a gold shoulder cord.

Cadet Special Activities Ribbon

Awarded to cadets and officers who participate in the national cadet special activities listed below. Officer participants must be identified by the Civil Air Patrol project officer and approved by the member’s region commander. Each subsequent activity is represented by a bronze star affixed to the basic ribbon. Cadets earning this ribbon may continue to wear the ribbon as an officer.

Qualifying activities include: Air Education and Training Command Familiarization Course, Pararescue Orientation Course, Advanced Pararescue Course, Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course, Air Force Computer Orientation Program (no longer offered – must have attended prior to 1995), Blue Beret Activity, Senator Jennings Randolph Soaring School, USAF sponsored Chapel Leadership Conference, Hawk Mountain Ranger School, National Flight Academy – Power Track, National Flight Academy – Glider Track, National GSAR School, Space Camp/Aviation Challenge, Jacksonville University/Comair Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Orientation Course, National Honor Guard Academy

Encampment Ribbon

The Encampment Ribbon is awarded to all cadets who complete a Civil Air Patrol Encampment successfully. It is also awarded to cadet staff members and officers who provide leadership for the encampment. Multiple encampments are symbolized with bronze clasps, one per additional encampment and worn centered on the encampment ribbon. Cadet encampments, usually a week in length, provide cadets with an intense look at military life. Encampment attendance is a prerequisite for the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award.

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon

The Cadet Recruiter Ribbon is given to cadets who recruit two or more people into the Civil Air Patrol. For each additional two members recruited, a bronze clasp may be worn on the ribbon. Once a cadet earns five bronze clasps, they may be replaced with a silver clasp. Bronze clasps are no longer worn after a silver clasp is received. For every ten new cadets recruited after this, an additional silver clasp may be worn on the ribbon.

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