Cadet Advisory Council (CAC)
The missions of the Cadet Advisory Council (CAC)
Gaining Leadership Experience Beyond the Squadron
In their home squadron, a cadet’s leadership experience is limited to local concerns and is mostly tactical in nature. CAC service is an opportunity for cadet officers and NCOs to develop a more extensive approach to problem solving and a broader perspective on CAP issues. By influencing decisions that affect multiple squadrons, wings, or CAP as a whole, cadets are introduced to the strategic arena of leadership, and develop long-term goal-setting and indirect leadership skills.
Aiding The Commander in Implementing Cadet Programs
The CAC provides a venue where the unit commander may gain a thoughtful perspective, representative of the Cadet
Corps, on matters involving cadets. CACs work for their echelon commander; therefore, senior leaders may task councils with
examining cadet-related topics of interest to the commander. Conversely, the CAC is also a cadet forum where cadets may discuss their CAP experiences, work together toward mutual goals, and use their collective insight to help the commander gauge the effectiveness of the local Cadet Program.
Making Recommendations for Improving and Running the Cadet Program
As an advisory body, the CAC affords cadet officers opportunities to assist the echelon commander in leading the Cadet Corps. CAC representatives examine cadet-related issues, develop a consensus, craft well-reasoned recommendations in writing, and forward them to their commander for his or her consideration. CAC service is a great way for cadets to enhance their oral and written communication skills. And while the CAC has no authority to implement policy, when its members speak persuasively and in unison, the council can influence senior leaders and help improve the Cadet Program and CAP.