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CAPM 39-1 - Uniform Manual


GCS Guide to the Blues Uniform


CAPR 52-16 - Cadet Management Regulation

Ribbon Rack Builder - To check how to arrange your ribbons for wear on your uniforms.


Uniform Checklist October 2023


Review Board Guidelines (06 NOV 2023)         Request a Review Board

Cadet Support Staff Positions

Staff Duty Analysis Video


NCSA 2022


MWF 12 - 3 - Used as a hold harmless agreement between Massachusetts Wing and any member.  Used for most activities within Massachusetts.  


Other Links to valuable resources:

CAP eServices 

CAP Wikipedia 

CAP Cadet Grades 

CAP Grade Abbreviations

CAP Ribbons 

For Senior Members:

Education and Training (formerly Professional Development)

Aerospace Links

Massachusetts Wing Aerospace Education Directorate


CAP Northeast Region Aerospace Education Directorate


CAP NHQ Aerospace Education Page


MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Zero Robotics at MIT


Cambridge Science Festival


MIT Open Courseware - Highlights for High School


Massive Open Online Courses


From a Wright 1909 Military Flyer to a C-141 Starlifter - this is likely one of the best photo journal of the USAF Museum available online


Valiant Air Command


Collings Foundation


Pima Air Museum


Plum Island Aerodrome (2B2)


Free Model Airplane plans


Indexes, Regulations, and Manuals 


Learn to Lead - All Volumes


Learn To Lead Study Guides:


Learn To Lead - Chapter 8


Learn To Lead - Chapter 12, Section 1

Learn To Lead - Chapter 12, Section 2

Learn To Lead - Chapter 12, Section 3

Learn To Lead - Chapter 12, Section 4

Learn To Lead - Chapter 12, Section 5


Aerospace Study Guides:


Journey of Flight - Chapter 1

Journey of Flight - Chapter 2

Journey of Flight - Chapter 3

Journey of Flight - Chapter 4

Journey of Flight - Chapter 6

Journey of Flight - Chapter 7

Journey of Flight - Chapter 8

Journey of Flight - Chapter 9

Journey of Flight - Chapter 10

Journey of Flight - Chapter 18

Journey of Flight - Chapter 19

Journey of Flight - Chapter 23

Journey of Flight - Chapter 24


National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) 

National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) 

Pararescue Jumper Orientation Course (PJOC)


MAWG Cadet Advisory Council (CAC)

MAWG Cadet Programs

MAWG Encampment 

MAWG Public Affairs


How long does it take to become an F-16 fighter jet pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF)?
Depends on when you start counting, but let’s assume you just graduated high school and you want to fly an F-16. How long will it take? About 6 to 7 years.

The first step is obtaining your bachelor's degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant. You can do this through the Air Force Academy or Air Force ROTC, they both take about 4 years minimum. Another option is to go to college and then apply for Officer Training School (This will take about an additional 7–8 months).

Let’s say you go to college, graduate, and obtain the commission through Air Force ROTC in 4 years. If you earn a pilot slot, then you head over to Pilot Training. Pilot training begins about 6–7 months after you arrive at your pilot training base. This all depends on how backed-up training is. The wait could be as short as 2–3 months, or as long as 10 to 11 doing a “casual”. Once you start the pipeline, you are off to the races.

The first course will be IFT. This takes approximately 5 weeks to complete, and it is an introduction to flight training. After that, you will go on to fly the T-6 Texan. This course will take approximately 5–6 months to complete. After the T-6, you move on to the T-38C Talon if you make the cut; add another 4–5 months of training here. While you complete the T-38C, CONGRATS! You “dropped” an F-16… Hang in there with me. After you complete T-38C Training, you have to go to IFF (Introduction to fighter fundamentals) which will take about 2 months, then complete SERE and Water survival. After all of it is complete, you will go and move to the base where you will start the Basic Course in the F-16. After you arrive at the base, it will probably be another 4 to 6 months before you get your first sortie in the F-16. Once you complete B-Course, you will arrive at your first unit as an unqualified wingman, and still, have to go through Mission Qualification Training (MQT). Once that is done, CONGRATS, you are a qualified wingman in the mighty F-16. And don’t believe training stops here, you now have to become a 2 ship flight lead, then a 4 ship flight lead, then an IP, and perhaps a Weapons Officer. Training never stops!

USAF Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training


Private Pilot Ground School


Model Rocketry

UAS Special Interest Group


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