CAP Cadet History Project

These age ranges are taken directly from regulations, or the annual reports to Congress.
As with everything in early CAP, some Wing Commanders did not strictly adhere to national regulations, and allowed younger cadets to join.




Cadet Age Ranges

1942-49:

15-18 years old, in the last two years of high school

1949-54:

15-18 years old

1954-57:

15-20 years old

1957-62:

14-21 years old

1962-75:

13-21 years old

1975-77:

In the Seventh Grade-21 years old

1977-present:

Completed the Sixth Grade*-21 years old

*Splitting hairs detail: the rule for "completed the sixth grade" was in effect from 1977 through the mid-1990s.  Over the years from the 1990s to the present the minimum age has varied ever so slightly, and it is difficult to pin down exact time frames.  For instance, in the mid-90s the wording was briefly changed to "completed the fifth grade", then went back to completed the sixth grade.  The current minimum age is 12, with no specific grade requirement. 
Some in-school cadet programs do allow sixth graders to participate.

CADET AGE RANGES

New cadets being sworn in to Squadron 605, PA Wing circa mid 1960s