Earhart Award

The Amelia Earhart Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation's infancy, and who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has a three-fold mission: aerospace education of the American people, emergency services and disaster relief for those in distress, and the cadet program. The cadet program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing, accepting, and nurturing of leadership to over 26,000 young Americans from 12-20 years of age. With advice and assistance from CAP members at national, regional, state, and local levels and the U.S. Air Force, cadets are exposed to a structured program of aerospace education, leadership, physical fitness, and moral and ethical values.

This structured program is divided into 16 segments called achievements, involving study and performance in the five program areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships. Completing many of the achievements also earn the cadet a higher grade.

The third milestone of this endeavor is the Amelia Earhart Award which is earned after completing the first eleven achievements of the cadet program and receipt of the General Billy Mitchell Award. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100 question examination testing aerospace knowledge, leadership theory, and staff topics. Since its inception over 30 years ago, nearly 12000 cadet have earned this prestigious award.

Being such an important milestone in the CAP cadet program, the Earhart Award is normally presented by a CAP Wing Commander or higher, or a state or federal government official. Once the cadet earns the Earhart Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet Captain. These cadets, who later enter the CAP's Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate promotion to CAP First Lieutenant at age 21.

Those cadets who receive the Earhart Award also enjoy all the benefits of the Mitchell Award (advanced placement as an E-3 in the US Air Force, scholarship and activity opportunities, etc.) and also are eligible to apply to the International Air Cadet Exchange. IACE is an organization dedicated to fostering international understanding, goodwill, and fellowship among the youth of the world, using the common bond of aviation. Approximately 100 cadets per year are asked to participate in this extraordinary program.

ACCORDING TO AVAILABLE RECORDS, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE AMELIA EARHART AWARD TO DATE. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY CHANGES OR ADDITIONS, PLEASE SUBMIT THEM TO william.hrinko@ohwg.cap.gov.