LIMA — An organization recently formed at the Allen County Airport is offering local youngsters a chance to get a jump start on a military career, or to just have a little fun.
The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Young people ages 12 to 18 progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. The program is recognized by all branches of the military, and cadets can enter the military service with a higher rank.
Pamela Coy, a local chapter organizer, said the program helps youth prepare for the military or careers. Cadets learn drill and ceremony techniques.
“We try to teach them respect for their elders,” Coy said. “They also have physical training. It helps them get ready for boot camp.”
Cadets are tested on aviation, fly with certified pilots (with flight time credit earned for a pilot’s license) and use a new simulator recently acquired.
“We are currently working on recruiting new cadets,” Coy said.
The patrol has a meeting/open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Allen County Aiport. Meetings are held weekly.
For details, call 419-222-6639. Annual cost is $40.