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Earhart Award

Perhaps no name is as symbolic of aerospace achievement as Amelia Earhart.  In 1928, she became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. 
She disappeared in 1937 near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the world in a twin engine Lockheed Electra. 
Her disappearance is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century.





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 Learn to Lead, chapters 1-11.

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

4.   Character:   No requirement

5.   Activities:   Participate in SDA staff service, acting as an apprentice to a senior member in one of the three staff positions they studied during Phase III. For details on how to prepare SDA reports and complete SDA staff service, see CAPP 52-14

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 26 26 27 27 30 32 32 34
Curl Ups 38 39 43 45 48 49 48 46
Push Ups 16 18 22 28 28 34 35 42
Mile Run 9.11 8.45 8.14 7.41 7.19 7.06 6.50 6.50
Females Aged: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 29 30 32 32 35 37 36 37
Curl Ups 32 35 38 40 40 39 37 36
Push Ups 14 14 14 15 15 16 17 19
Mile Run 10.52 10.42 10.42 9.50 9.27 9.23 9.48 9.51


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
  Delegates routine tasks effectively and works through NCOs; keeps people
Skills   informed; makes expectations clear; supervises work of other leaders


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.
Earhart Award Fact Sheet

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