The C.A.A. Cadet Corps is a program aimed to allow younger members and youth into the organization in a less intensive manner. Targeted at youth ages 14-21, the program allows young members similar abilities as regular members, but in a more controlled environment.
Cadet programs exist within many different Commands, Branches and Units of the Central Aid Agency, and follow the Tier and Hygiene standards of their parent Command, Branch, or Unit.
Cadet units are supervised by adult Advisors that are 21 years of age or older, and are Commissioned Officers or NCO’s in the C.A.A. that are attached to the Cadet units for the purpose of guidance and supervision.
When Cadets age out of the program, they are given the opportunity to join the C.A.A. as a regular member. The rank they attain as a Cadet directly relates to a higher starting rank as an Active Duty member.
Cadets are required to meet the same Eligibility Guidelines as any other member of the C.A.A. They are also required to follow the Code of Conduct, in addition to the specific unit and hygiene requirements of their unit.
Cadets must be between the ages of 14 and 21 to be able to
participate in the Cadet Corps as Cadets. Once Cadets reach the age of 18
they are eligible to join the C.A.A. as regular Active Duty members. Once a Cadet transfers over to Active Duty
they cannot go back to being a Cadet, even if they are within the age
window. Cadets are encouraged to remain
in the Cadet Corps until they age out, as they will receive much more
opportunity for advancement and promotion that will later carry over.
Cadets who show a willingness to excel may be offered leadership and special positions while in the Cadet Corps, these roles and abilities will later be considered if they go on to join the C.A.A. as a regular member.