A Curriculum for the Adults Who Lead Cadets
"If society doesn't provide constructive role models for kids, they are going to find their own. One community at a time, we'll save this generation." - Colin Powell
Training Leaders of Cadets is the premiere venue for Cadet Programs Officers to learn how to become better mentors of cadets and more effective managers of cadet squadrons. The 2-day course is a component of the Cadet Programs Officer Specialty Track in the Senior Member Professional Development Program.
Training Leaders of Cadets courses are listed in the CAP Interactive Calendar as course directors make us aware of their events. For application procedures, costs, and other information, visit the activity's website or email the contact person.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can lead TLC?
A senior who is master-rated in the Cadet Programs specialty track should serve as the Course Director. If possible, instructors should be master-rated too, or have graduated from TLC.
Who picks the Course Director?
The commander of the hosting unit selects the Course Director.
Can my squadron conduct TLC on its own?
No. To expose students to diverse leadership practices and success stories from different squadrons, TLC is conducted at the group level or higher.
May cadets attend TLC?
No. To foster a learning environment that encourages open discussion among adults who lead cadets, only seniors may attend TLC.
Are there any pre-requisites for students?
Seniors should complete Level I prior to attending TLC.
Are hard copies of the course materials available from NHQ?
Yes. The Course Director should email us 30 days in advance to request a TLC kit. Please include your home address, course dates, course location, and maximum number of students expected in your request.
Must TLC be conducted over a single weekend?
Although the course will take 2 days to complete, it may be scheduled over two separate weekends, or completed during a single weekend.
How is TLC recorded on members’ records?
When the Course Director sends a completed CAPF 11 to National Headquarters, the registrar’s office will update the members’ records in eServices.
What if I have suggestions on how to improve TLC?
Feedback is most welcome. Email your suggestions to National Headquarters.