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The Cadet Training & Education Program is designed to give cadets the knowledge and skills to lead in real-life environments. The four schools are taught by cadets that have graduated from the highest school, the Cadet Command and Staff College. See below for a description of each of the schools.

The Training Leaders of Cadets program (TLC) is a senior training activity that focuses on individuals who work with the Cadet Program. TLC students will receive credit for the Training Leaders of Cadets program. Each composite and cadet squadron is required to have at least two TLC seniors and three TLC seniors for the Quality Cadet Unit Award.

Fall 2022 CTEP

Location: TBD

Dates: TBD

Homework: Please see the below descriptions of the 2021 CTEP schools for homework assignments. *NOTE* Homework is subject to change once staff has been selected.

Student Application
Deadline: TBD

  • Note: your online application form is the only form required for this virtual CTEP. In order to participate, you must meet the application requirements listed in the form. The classes will be conducted during the times listed at the top of this page.
  • C/CMSgt's must be waiting time in grade for the Mitchell award to be considered for OTS and C/Capt's must be in Phase 4 to be considered for CCSC.
Cadet Cadre
Commandant of Cadets                                      
Deputy Commander  
OTS Lead  
OTS Assistant  
SNCOA Lead  
SNCOA Assistant  
SNCOA Assistant  
NCOA Lead  
NCOA Assistant  
Admin Lead  
Admin Assistant  
PAO Lead  
PAO Assistant  
Senior Staff
Activity Director   
Activity Deputy Director  
Activity Support  
CCSC Mentor  
CCSC Mentor  
OTS Lead Mentor  
OTS Mentor  
SNCOA Lead Mentor  
SNCOA Mentor  
SNCOA Mentor  
NCOA Lead Mentor  
NCOA Mentor  
NCOA Mentor  

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA)

C/SSgt - C/MSgt


NCOA is the foundation of the CTEP program.  It is the first of four schools designed to instill and grow leadership qualities and standards in CAP cadets.  NCOA focuses on the junior NCO ranks from C/SSgt – C/MSgt.  Primary teaching is structured around developing what it truly means to be an NCO based on Air Force traditions and the Learn to Lead books.  Students will learn the necessary skills of leadership and the art of utilizing it effectively.  With that knowledge, cadets will understand what the true NCO is and the fundamentals of teamwork.  To conclude the class and prepare them for the future trials ahead, the students will discover the mental aspect required to effectively utilize the leadership qualities they have gained in the school.  Multi-tasking, time management and effective communication are crucial to their future success in CAP.  This school prepares them to be effective leaders in both their personal lives and those around them.


Assignment #1: Informal Essay - Personal Response to the USAF NCO Creed
Read the attached link to a copy of the USAF NCO Creed thoroughly. Recite it to yourself or have someone read it aloud to you. Highlight portions that are meaningful or interesting to you. Consider taking notes. 
Write a 5-paragraph essay over your personal thoughts about the creed (minimum 1.5 pages).   

Paragraph I: Introduction - introduce yourself to us, your instructors. Include any information that you would like for us to know about yourself and your CAP career. Additionally, include what you hope to learn and/or accomplish at this NCOA. 

Paragraph II: Write in detail about an aspect of the NCO creed that stood out to you and why. For example, write about an aspect of the NCO's mission or his/her leadership that you find interesting. 

Paragraph III: Select another aspect/trait that you, as an individual, find particularly challenging. Describe it and explain why it is a challenging standard for you to uphold. 

Paragraph IV: Describe what actions you will take during the NCOA weekend to sharpen your skills in the areas described in the second and third paragraphs. Additionally, describe what you action you think you could take to sharpen those skills in other areas, such as your home squadron, your school, or your job. 

Paragraph V: Explain why you believe the NCO creed was selected as the reading for this assignment. What else do you have to say about the creed? Close your essay in a way that flows well with the tone you used for your essay and end it in a way that feels natural to you. 
Assignment #2: Read CAPP 60-33 Chapters 1-4. Have a working knowledge of chapters 1-3 and understand how to properly execute commands using command voice. Write a two-paragraph summary of what you learned.   

Assignment #3: Provide a list of four leaders that you admire, living or deceased who you admire, and state at least three leadership characteristics that they have/had, and how you could use those characteristics in your personal leadership style (total of 12 characteristics). Type your response in MLA format.

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)

C/MSgt - C/CMSgt

The Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy is designed to provide an environment based on the Learn to Lead curriculum. The mission of the school is to prepare Senior Non-Commissioned Officers for leadership positions within Civil Air Patrol as well as in the community. SNCOA focuses on professional communication (i.e. public speaking, writing, and business communication) as well as the human elements of leadership, practical Senior NCO skills, critical thinking, and the transition to officership. The goal of SNCOA is to enhance cadet training to encourage them to function mentally and physically on a much higher level than expected of them. This is done through physical activity, rigorous homework assignments, teaching tools, leadership forums, and classroom presentations. Prior to attending SNCOA students are expected to have a firm understanding and knowledge of the CAP Cadet Program, as well as the basics of public speaking and formal writing.


Assignment #1: In your own words, explain, (based on L2L Chapter 4, page 30-31) the seven needs of teams and how you can use them as an SNCO. Minimum 400 words, double-spaced, and typed. The rubric can be found here.

Assignment #2: Read the CAPP 60-33 and have a working knowledge of chapters 1-5. Pay close attention to “command voice” and the pronunciation of commands.

Assignment #3: Create a lesson plan for one “pocket class”. The class should be over something you think a cadet going through their first encampment should know. It should be a flexible class that can last anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes so make sure you know your material. Be prepared to turn in a one-paragraph overview and 5-10 major bullet points.

Officer Training School (OTS)

C/2d Lt - C/Capt (C/CMSgt's pending in the system for approval for the Billy Mitchell award may apply, however, officers will be placed ahead of NCOs)

Officer Training School is the third school in the Cadet Training & Education Program. OTS is a Texas Wing leadership school that introduces new cadet officers to their new role both at their local squadron and at activities (such as encampment). Students Learn how to effectively manage a small group of people, serve as a staff officer, and gather tools to help them effectively plan and manage their squadron meeting. The instruction given in class is coupled with team leadership projects and planning activities that provide cadets a way to apply what they have learned during their training.


Assignment #1: Read the one minute manager and write an essay on your thoughts on the book and how it applies to leadership both in CAP and outside of it. Minimum of 1 page. Click ​here​ for a free PDF 

Assignment #2: Take the MBTI test online. Print out your results and bring them with you to CTEP. Please use the link ​here​ for the correct version

Assignment #3: Read Chapter 11 from  Learn to Lead Vol. 3. Write an essay on the importance of mentorship as a leader. How is being a mentor part of being an officer? Do delegation and mentorship correlate? If so, how do they? Why do you believe leaders practice a lifetime of mentorship, both as mentees and mentors? Minimum of two pages. The paper must be in MLA 8 format. You will be graded off of this ​rubric​.  

Cadet Command Staff College (CCSC)

C/Capt - C/Col (C/Capt's must be in Phase 4)

The Cadet Command Staff College is the final and most prestigious school in the CTEP progression. It takes cadets at the strategic level and teaches them the skills to plan and execute a wing level event such as an encampment. They begin with creating their vision and mission statement for their encampment and then spend the weekend planning for an upcoming encampment. Many times the ideas that they come up with are implemented into an actual encampment. CCSC completes the CTEP experience. 


Assignment #1: Write a Resume as if you were applying for the Summer Encampment Executive Cadre. Graded in accordance with standards outlined by Learn-to-Lead Volume 2, Chapter 8.

Assignment #2: Write an After Action Review for the most recent Encampment you have attended as a Cadre Member. Discuss the following topics within your AAR:

  • Areas of personal success

  • Areas for personal improvement

  • Overall Encampment successes

  • Overall Encampment Areas of Improvement

  • Recommended changes for future encampments 

Assignment #3: Reach each of the following CAP publications: a. CAPR 60-1 b. CAPR 60-15 c. CAPP 60-33- Chapter Six d. CAPP 60-70 For each, identify three specific quotes from each regulation and explain, in a short paragraph (2-3 sentences), how each of the selected quotes is relevant to the Executive Cadre at an encampment.

Assignment #4: Read Parts I-III of Lorenz On Leadership (p. 1-29). Print out the text and take notes as you read. Bring these notes to CCSC. Be ready to discuss the contents of these readings in the context of executive cadre leadership at the encampment.


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