Cadet Awards

Award your cadets!

The following is a list of special cadet awards with an overview of eligibility requirements and nomination procedures. 

Check out National's web page on cadet awards as well. 

Note that that are four awards requiring only the Unit Commander's selection! 

CAP Cadet of the Month Award(s)
  • See CAPR 60-1, Section 6.2
  • Tracked at the unit level
  • Suggested niche: Outstanding performance by a cadet airman or NCO during the preceding month
  • Recommended tool to track: Click here
Cadet of the Year (COTY)
  • See CAPR 39-3, Section 24
  • National-level award 
  • Requires a CAPF 58 and all attachments
  • Due to Wing Commander by 15 January
  • Cadets with Earhart and above
  • Suggested niche: Best cadet overall, total membership duration
Air Force Sergeant's Association Cadet NCO of the Year (CNCOOTY)
  • See CAPR 39-3, Section  35
  • National-level award
  • Requires a CAPF 58 and all attachments
  • Due to Wing Commander by 15 January
  • Cadets who have earned Wright Brothers but not Mitchell Award
  • Suggested niche: Best overall cadet NCO, total membership duration
COTY & NCOOTY 2018 Procedures:
  • Each commander may nominate one cadet for each award
  • Consult with your group commander to determine their preference for their approval routing and any earlier deadlines
  • Submit COTY nominations to coty@vawg.cap.gov and CNCOOTY to cncooty@vawg.cap.gov cc'ing your group commander (based on their preference) by midnight 15 January 2019 
  • Packages must include:
    • CAPF 58 
    • TRANSCRIPT OF HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS
    • TRANSCRIPT OF COLLEGE CREDITS (IF APPLICABLE)
    • COLLEGE ENTRANCE ACHIEVEMENT TEST SCORES (SAT or ACT)
    • RECENT PHOTO, FULL LENGTH, IN UNIFORM WITHOUT HAT
    • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (MAXIMUM OF THREE)
  • Note that an official transcript may be difficult to obtain closer to the deadline. Keep the email above advised of the current status (e.g. requested, pending) but the package may be no longer eligible near the February (region) deadline if not received. 
COTY & CNCOOTY 2018 Selection Process: 
  • The Wing Commander will approve board membership for both COTY and CNCOOTY IAW CAPR 39-3. Nominees will be evaluated on the strength of their nomination package and may also be interviewed by phone. Board members will be from across the wing and from a variety of experience levels and backgrounds.
Air Force Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadets
Air Force Association Headquarters
1501 Lee Highway
Arlington VA 22209-1198
  • Due to AFA by 15 January
  • No specific criteria - determined by Unit Commander
  • Link to NHQ's page on this award - click here
  • Suggested niche: Best first-year cadet
Air Force Sergeants Association Award to Outstanding Squadron Cadet Noncommissioned
Officer of the Year
  • See CAPR 39-3, Section 43
  • Squadron-level award
  • Unit Commander forwards selection and summary of achievements to AFSA
  • Due to AFSA by 15 April
Air Force Sergeants Association
Member & Field Services
5211 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20757
  • No specific criteria - determined by Unit Commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars Award for Cadet NCOs and Cadet Officers
  • See CAPR 39-3, Section 44
  • Squadron-level award
  • Unit Commander forwards selection and attached justification to VFW by 15 April
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Youth Development, Scholarship and Recognition Programs
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City MO 64111
  • Send a copy to group and wing HQ (44 c)  - word document/PDF format 
  • Suggested niche: Cadet officer lauded for leadership performance / excellence from a younger cadet NCO
Aerospace Education 

Frank G. Brewer Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award
  • See CAPR 50-1, Section 9.2.1
  • Cadet that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of youth in aerospace activiites
  • Utilize CAPF 120 as the cover sheet
  • Utilize CAPF 50-1 (CAPF 25 until re-number) as the award nomination 
  • Unit commander forwards selection to group commander by 15 December
Air Force Association's Aerospace Cadet of the Year Award 
  • See CAPR 50-1, Section 9.2.4
  • Cadet that has made outstanding aerospace education contributions 
  • Utilize CAPF 120 as the cover sheet
  • Utilize CAPF 50-4 (un-numbered form until numbered) as the award nomination
  • Link to NHQ's page on this award - click here
  • Unit commander submits nomination to wing DAE by 15 January