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Spaatz Award


 General Carl A. Spaatz was the First Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and first Chairman of the CAP National Board.









Please visit our Spaatz Award Exam Administrator page.




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 CAPR 52-16 chapter 5 paragraph 2 and chapter 1 paragraph 4).

2.   Understand the Exam Process.   A helpful diagram explains the exam process. You'll need to request permission from your unit commander and wing commander (copy to your wing director of cadet programs) to attempt the exam. As a practical matter, do not expect to attempt the exam for at least 2 weeks after you make your request. Even if the wing commander approves your request, he or she will need time to appoint a proctor and then the proctor will need time to coordinate with you regarding the date, time, and location of the exam.

3.   Leadership:  Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book leadership exam with a grade of 80% or higher, within a 60-minute time limit, based on Learn to Lead, volumes 1 through 4 or  Leadership for the 21st Century, volumes 1 and 2*; CAPM 39-1, CAP Uniform Manual; CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management, chapters 2 and 5 (April 2011 version); and the CAP Drill and Ceremonies Manual.

*Only cadets who received wing approval to attempt the Spaatz before 1 October 2013 may attempt the Leadership for the 21st Century edition of the exam until 1 October 2014, but thereafter, no extensions will be granted.

4.   Aerospace:   Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book aerospace exam, with a 60-minute time limit, based on selected chapters of Aerospace: The Journey of Flight.

5.   Character:   An essay written from a selection of moral leadership topics. National Headquarters evaluates the essay’s grammar, organization, and content using this grading critique. Cadets have 60 minutes to complete the essay, and may use a dictionary or spell-check. It is graded pass or fail. Cadets will receive their exam results via their senior member exam administrator within 10 days of submitting the essay. If 10 days have elapsed without receiving the results, cadets should talk with their exam administrator, and then if necessary, contact National Headquarters at

6.   Activities:   Participate actively.

7.   Fitness:  Pass the mile run or shuttle 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 28 29 29 30 33 34 36 40
Curl Ups 41 43 47 50 52 53 51 51
Push Ups  20 24 27 35 36 39 40 49
Shuttle Run 10.7 10.4 10.0 9.8 9.4 9.2 8.9  8.9
Mile Run  8.19 8.00 7.41 7.11 6.45 6.38 6.25 6.23
Females Aged: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 31 32 34 36 38 41 39 40
Curl Ups  37  39  41  42  43  44  41 40
Push Ups 18 17 18 19 19 19 21 23
Shuttle Run  11.3 10.8 10.7 10.5 10.5 10.3 10.4 10.3
Mile Run  10.08 9.44 9.15 8.49 8.36 8.40 8.50 8.52

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   Resilient; shows mental discipline in working to achieve long-term goals;
    welcoming of change; has habit of continual self-improvement
  Uses empathy; recognizes how Core Values relate to new and unfamiliar
Values   situations; makes sound and timely decisions independently
  Articulate; succinct; persuasive; varies message to fit audience; proficient in
Skills   explaining complex issues
Sense of
  Completes large projects with little supervision; follows and sets a command
Responsibility   intent; self-starter
  Actively develops and mentors cadet officers; adapts leadership style to fit
Skills   situation; calm under pressure
  Sets long-term goals for the unit; imaginative and visionary; recognizes
Thinking   unit’s long-term needs; mentally agile when faced with unfamiliar problems
  Directs multiple teams and manages multiple tasks; assigns people to right
Skills   jobs; delegates well and enables others to take charge


Cadet Executive Officer/Deputy Commander

Cadet Commander

“Note Regarding Membership Rules:  To attempt the Spaatz Award exam, cadets must be current members. If a cadet’s membership is about to lapse, the cadet should be sure to renew at least 72 hours before attempting the exam, otherwise the exam software may deny access to the exam materials.”

NHQ must receive either your completed CAPF 52-4 or your Squadron Commander can approve the promotion through the online promotion system.

Spaatz Award Fact Sheet

For administrative questions regarding the Spaatz Award, please contact Sharon Jackson.

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