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WWII Office of Civilian Defense Civil Air Patrol GM-2.pdf

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Subject: Aviation Cadet Requirements Revised

All Wing Commanders

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I. Revision of Aviation Cadet requirements for bombardiers, navigators
and pilots in the Army Air Corps through reduction of the age limit to 18 years,
institution of uniform simplified test in place of. the previously required
written examination or college credits, and extension of eligibility to married
m e n , w a s a n n o u n c e d t o d a y b y t h e Wa r D e p a r t m e n t a s f o l l o w s :
"In the past, application for Aviation-Cadet Training was limited
to men between 20 and26 years of age. Thenew age limits provide
for the acceptance of men between the ages.of 18 and .26, inclusive.
This applies not only to aircrew members, as bombardiers, navigators and pilots are designated, but also. to Air Corps ground
officers., who, as Aviation Cadets, receive instruction in armament,
e n g i n e e r i n g , c o m m u n i c a t i o n s , p h o t o g r a p h y a n d , m e t e o r o l o g y.
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"A revision already in effect is.h he extension of eligibility
to married men. Heretofore, onlyunmarried men have been given
training as Aviation Cadets, but under the change authorized a
married man is eligible providing he submits, along with his
application for enlistment, a'written statement that his dependents
have adequate means of support. This revision applies equally
to candidates for aircrew training and for training in the ground


"The new 'screening test' au+/~orized will be given to all
applicants for aircrew training as bombardiers, navigators and
pilots. There will be no exemptions because of college credits
earned. The test, in which the applicant will choose the correct
answer from five possible ar~wers given for each question, is designed to determine the applicant's fitness to pursue successf u l l y. t h e c o u r s e s o f i n s t r u c t i o n i n A i r C o r p s t r a i n i n g s c h o o l s .
"Through .the wide revisions in requirements approximately 2,000~000
more men become eligible for enlistment in the Arm~ Air Corps.
"Enlistment for such training is open to civilians and to the
p e r s o n n e l o f a n y c o m p o n e n t o f t h e A r m y. A n a p p l i c a n t m u s t b e
in excellent health and have been a citizen of the United States
for at leastthe lO-year period immediately preceding enlistment.
"Immediate enlistment and appointment asan Aviation Cadet is
possible under a revision of procedure ~nd the establishment


of an increased number of Cadet Examining Boards in each of
the nine C0rps Ar'eas in the Nation. Application for information
may be n~de "to any United States Army Recruiting Station, to
any Corps Are:'~ Headquarters, or to the adjutant of a~y Army
post or organization.
"An applicant will be directed to the nearest Cadet Examining
Board, to which he should take three letters of recommendation
s i g n e d b y c i t i z e n s o f e s t a b l i s h e d s t a n d i n g i n h i s c o m m u n i t y,
and a birth certificate or other "documentary evidence of date
of birth."
"He will be given a physical exsx~.ination similar to that given
t o R e s e r v e O f fi c e r s b a l l e d t o a c t i v e d u t y, e x c e p t t h a t a s a
prospective flying officer he will be required to have '20/20
eyesight' and normal color perception. He will be given the
simplified 'screening test' and ex,umined by the board in formal
proceedings for the purpose of dete,~aining whe~er he possesses
the required moral and character qualifications.~
"Whether or no% the applicant has passed will be determined
immediately by the Cadet Examining Board, and, if successful,
the applicant will be enlisted at once, appointed an Aviation .
C a d e t a n d s e n t t o o n e o f t h e t h r e e A i r C o r p s R e p l a c e m e n t Tr a i n i n g
Centers. There he will be .given a physical examination for
flying duty and further tests to detelhmine the type of training
he is to receive."
2. It .is hereby requested that Wing Commanders forward copies of
this communication immediately to all Civil Air Patrol units Under their command
to the end that information regarding these revised aviation cade:t requirements
w i l l b e m a d e g e n e r a l l y a v a i l a b l e t o a l l w h o m a y b e i n t e r e s t e d w i t h o u t d e l a y.

Major General, Air Corps .....
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Colonel, A~ir Corps
Tr a i n i n g a n d O p e r a t i o n s O f fi c e r