CAP Cadet History Project

C/1st Lt Paul Nobel, NYC Group, before the 1956 National Drill Competition at Amarillo AFB, TX.  He also participated in the 1955 International Drill Competition, held at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada, as indicated by the white lanyard and the medal on his left pocket.

This is the hat device the cadets are wearing, the WWII Senior Member officer hat device.  Since service hats weren't authorized for cadet wear until 1961, there wasn't a cadet specific hat device.

The same 1957 drill team as above, after winning the International Drill Competition.

‚ÄčThe aircraft is the C-123 Provider.

The 1957 Civil Air Patrol drill team prepares for the International Drill Competition.  The cadets are under command of an USAF airman.  The jet is the B-47 Stratojet.

The Beau Trophy Competition medal, from the 1955 International Drill Competition.  Held at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada.  It appears that Cadet Nobel, on the left, is wearing the medal without the red ribbon behind it.

Maj Gen Lucas Beau Trophy

‚ÄčInternational Drill Competition, 1948-57:

In 1947 the CAP National Commander, Maj Gen Lucas Beau, was meeting with Canada's Air Cadet League to plan the first International Air Cadet Exchange.  During the planning session, it's said the two countries challenged each other a drill competition in the summer of 1948.  Maj Gen Beau donated the funds for the trophy pictured below, which also bears his name.  The first International Drill Competition was held at Mitchel AFB, Long Island, NY on August 8th.  Before the IDC began, the countries agreed that the Beau trophy would be retired in 1957, and would be retained by the country who won the most competitions.  They also agreed the competition would alternate between the two countries.  Four judges were selected by the International Committee with two judges from the USA and two from Canada.

Cadets were judged on four points (taken from the 1949 Civil Air Patrol Manual):

1) Military bearing and soldierly appearance
2) Execution of standard drill
3) Execution of special "monkey drill" no longer than 5 minutes [innovative drill]
4) Deportment of the cadet commander

Canada won six out of ten competitions.  The United Kingdom participated one year (1951), fielded a team of kilt-wearing Scottish Cadets, and won.  Civil Air Patrol won three times.

Starting in 1950, cadets were issued USAF uniforms and white accessories.  Forty cadets were selected from the National Drill Competition and were trained for weeks by the USAF Drill Team Instructors on Bolling AFB.  Cadets who participated in the IDC were allowed to wear a white fouragerre with silver tips on their cadet uniform when they returned home.  In some instances cadets were also given a medal.


Results and extensive details for every year are available on this excellent Wikipedia page.