Cadet Life - Character

Core Values

Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, Respect

CAP challenges cadets to live their Core Values. Through character forums, cadets discuss ethical issues relevant to teens. Chaplains often lead the discussions, but the forums are not religious meetings. CAP also encourages cadets to promote a drug free ethic in their schools and communities.

One of the very 1st character classes you'll take as a new cadet in Civil Air Patrol and required for your 1st stripe is the Cadet Wingman Course.

This course combines four main topics that at first glance might not appear to fit together: Core Values, the wingman concept, safety, and cadet protection. The wingman concept is what connects the topics and provides the lesson’s central theme, which is to use a wingman to aim for excellence, stay safe, and have fun.


  • I am a proud member of a Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.

  • My Standards of Conduct and high level of professionalism show the respect for and dedication to my craft and those with whom I serve.

  • I have earned the right to wear the Ceremonial Uniform, which is steeped in rich tradition and history.

  • I am superbly conditioned to perfect all movements in every drill or ceremony.

  • Neither the type of ceremony, severity of temperature, nor size of the audience will ever dictate the level of quality of my performance.

  • I am constantly driven to excel by a strong sense of dedication, patriotism, love for my fellow man, God, Country, and Civil Air Patrol.

  • While performing, I stand sharp and crisp; motionless by choice, for I have voluntarily chosen to represent every member, past and present, of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol.

  • I am a Ceremonial Guardsman.

NOTE: The Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard does not deny membership as an Honor Guardsman in any way – race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability. The reciting or knowing the Honor Guard Creed is not a criterion for membership in the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard.

“Honor Guard - Not to set the standards, but to exceed them!”