Spaatz Award Requirements


General Carl A. Spaatz in post-WWI uniform, namesake of The General Carl A. Spaatz Award.


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.   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*; CAP Uniform Manual; Cadet Program Management, chapters 1 and 5 (June 2014 version); and the CAP Drill and Ceremonies Manual.

*As of 1 October 2014 the Leadership for the 21st Century edition of the exam is no longer available.

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.  See CAPR 52-16, Figure 5-1 (page 22).

5.   Character:   An essay written from a selection of moral leadership topics. National Headquarters evaluates the essay’s grammar, organization, and content. 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 USAF Academy Entry Physical consisting of push ups, sit ups, and mile run.


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.

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

(Adapted from the Civil Air Patrol Spaatz Award website, accessed 28 May 2016.)

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