Cadet Flight Commander

A Cadet Flight Commander is a cadet in charge of a cadet flight.


According to CAPM 20-1, the duties of a flight commander to his or her flight are as follows:

  • Leadership of flight in squadron activites
  • Leadership labratory to include proper wear of CAP uniform, military courtesy and discipline, drill, ceremonies and formations
  • Advisor to flight members
  • Related duties as required

CAPM 20-1 also states that cadet flight commanders should be familiar with CAP directives as listed in CAPP 52-14

General Information

Cadet Flight Commander is the second (third if a Cadet First Sergeant is used) highest position a cadet can hold with command responsibilities. It is generally assigned to cadets holding the grade of C/2d Lt, C/1st Lt, and C/Capt. Flight Commander report directly to the cadet commander, or cadet deputy commander.

The cadet flight commander leads a flight of 8 to 15 cadets. It is the first cadet position to have significant managerial and oversight responsibilities, as the flight commander supervises and mentors a flight sergeant and 2 to 4 element leaders. Having developed some basic instructional skills, flight commanders are called on to teach almost any cadet-related topic. As commanders, they set goals and develop training plans for the flight, informally counsel cadets and formally evaluate their leadership skills. As officers, flight commanders serve on the squadron’s leadership team, working with the cadet commander and other officers to grow the squadron. In short, the flight commander creates the conditions necessary for the flight to succeed.

Position at different command levels

Flight Commanders are widely used at the squadron level, encampments, and several NCSA's.


  • CAPR 20-1, Organization of Civil Air Patrol
  • CAPP 52-15, Cadet Staff Handbook
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