The General Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.
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 second milestone of this endeavor is the General Billy Mitchell Award which is earned after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must also pass an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception over 30 years ago, over 42,000 cadets have earned this honor.
Being such an important milestone in the CAP cadet program, the Mitchell Award is normally presented by a CAP group commander or higher, the wing director of cadet programs, or a state or federal government official. Once the cadet earns the Mitchell Award, they are promoted to the grade of Cadet Second Lieutenant. These cadets, who later enter the CAP's Senior Member program, are eligible for immediate promotion to CAP Second Lieutenant at age 21.
Those cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force (AETCI 36-2002, Chapter 2, Table 2.1). They are also eligible for advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program (AFROTCI 36-2011, 2.5.6). Mitchell Award cadets may also apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities.
ACCORDING TO AVAILABLE RECORDS, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE YOUNGSTOWN ARS COMPOSITE SQUADRON HAVE EARNED THE GENERAL BILLY MITCHELL AWARD TO DATE. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY CHANGES OR ADDITIONS, PLEASE SUBMIT THEM HERE.