Becoming a Cadet

Step 1
Find a local unit. Go to and enter your zip code or city and state in the search box on the right side of the page.
You can also contact us here, for general information about the cadet program or for help finding a local unit.
Step 2
Attend three meetings. Ask lots of questions - people who can answer them include:
  • Cadet staff (young people in leadership positions),
  • Cadet Program senior members (adult leaders are called “senior members”),
  • The unit’s Deputy Commander for Cadets (senior member who leads the unit’s cadet program).
Step 3
Verify identity and citizenship.  The easiest way to do this is to bring your birth certificate and photo ID (passport, student ID or driver’s license) during one of your 3 visits. There are a few other ways to accomplish this including passport, permanent resident card, and more, but your local unit will help you with those details.

Parents, Grandparents, and Legal Guardians, you can join as an adult member too! If you have limited time but would like to occasionally drive or chaperone events you can become a cadet sponsor member at reduced cost. Just ask at the unit you visit. 
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