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Billy Mitchell Award

   Gen Billy Mitchell advocated for an independent air force. Moreover, he realized that the general public must understand why aviation is important to America.  He demonstrated that aircraft could be significant in war fighting by sinking several captured and overage battleships from the air in 1921 and 1923.





1.   Pre-Requisite:  Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in eServices.
                                   Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
                                   Be capable of reciting the Cadet Oath from memory 
                                   (see R52-16 paragraph 5-2 and 1-3).

2.   Leadership:  Pass a comprehensive Learn to Lead exam, with a grade of 80% or higher, closed-book, 1-hour time limit.  The exam questions are drawn from:

3.   Aerospace:   Pass a comprehensive Aerospace Dimensions exam, with a grade of 80% or higher, closed-book, 1-hour time limit.  The exam questions are drawn from Aerospace Dimensions modules 1-6.

4.   Character:   No requirement

5.   Activities:   Attend a cadet encampment

6.   Fitness:  Pass the mile run, plus 2 of the 3 other events in the cadet physical fitness test, as shown below:

Males Aged: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 25 25 26 26 28 30 30 34
Curl Ups 35 37 40 42 45 45 45 44
Push Ups  14 15 18 24 24 30 30 37
Mile Run  9.48 9.20 8.40 8.06 7.44 7.30 7.10 7.04
Females Aged: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 28 29 30 31 33 36 34 35
Curl Ups  30  32  35  37  37  36  35 24
Push Ups 13 11 11 11 11 15 12 16
Mile Run 11.22 11.17 11.05 10.23 10.06 9.58 10.31 10.22


Fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements above is only half the battle. You also need to show that you have some leadership skills. Look at the goals below and once in a while ask yourself how well you're doing in those areas.

Attitude   Conscious of own performance; takes initiative to develop new skills; self-
    motivated and able to motivate others
  Fair, just, and consistent in dealing with subordinates; exercises good judgment
Values   in knowing which matters should be referred up the chain
  Writes and speaks clearly; presents ideas logically; wins through persuasion
Sense of
  Given an assignment, takes project from beginning to end; develops appropriate
Responsibility   goals, plans, standards, and follows through in execution; demonstrates
    sense of ownership in all assignments
  Actively mentors NCOs; resolves conflicts fairly; criticizes constructively dissents
Skills   respectfully when disagreeing with superiors
  Thinks in advance and plans ahead to meet the unit’s short-term needs;
Thinking   imaginative and not tied to old ideas
  Not applicable


Flight Commander

Cadet Leadership or Aerospace Education Officer

NHQ must receive either your completed CAPF 52-2 or your Squadron Commander can approve the promotion through the online promotion system.
Mitchell Award Fact Sheet

New Cadet Officer Kit

How to sew on your new Cadet Grade professionally

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