Civil Air Patrol

Cadet Physical Training

Photo. Cadet Physical Training showing cadets playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Cadets playing Ultimate Frisbee as part of the physical training program

What is CAP’s purpose for physical training?

Put simply, according to CAPP 52-18; the goal of the cadet physical fitness program is to make you physically fit and to motivate you to develop a lifelong habit of exercising regularly.  You’re going to need strength, flexibility, and endurance to meet the challenges of being a cadet in the Air Force Auxiliary. The physical training you accomplish as a cadet will also improve your self-confidence,  build teamwork, an instill in you a sense of determination.

Regular Physical Training

Cadets participate in PT every month during the regular meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Some months, this PT takes on the form of a physical fitness test.  Other months, the training is less organized, and more fun.  Cadets have participated in simple running, in games of tag, and even Ultimate Frisbee.

Physical Training comes in many forms

CAP cadets take on physical training in a variety of different ways.  For some new cadets the thought of physical training can be overwhelming.  New cadets should never feel that way about PT.  Physical training can be something as simple as stretching, and going for a run.   PT however can also be something as fun as playing a game.  Most of us take on some PT every day whether that is in school athletics, or just going for a walk.

Frisbee as Physical Training?

Absolutely.  The ultimate goal of the PT program is to instill a lifelong habit of exercising regularly in the cadets.  What better way for a cadet to learn to love PT than by having fun doing it.  Ultimate Frisbee is a very active game comparable to American Football except with a Frisbee.  Cadets, under the supervision of the senior leadership, played just that during their meeting on 15 May.  According to Senior Member Raina Creasy the cadets took on,

Almost 30 minutes of constant movement improved hand-eye coordination, cardio and endurance, but most importantly open verbal communication. Building a brotherhood mentality not only on the flight line and in squadron classrooms, but also on the fitness plane.

Major Pat Schmidt seconded Senior Member Creasy by saying,

Along with fitness testing during PT, we want to encourage activities that everyone can participate in, build teamwork, and improve communications skills.

Cadets of the unit find the PT program to be both fun and challenging.

Photo. Cadet Physical Training showing cadets playing Ultimate Frisbee. Photo. Cadet Physical Training showing cadets performing warm up stretches.

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