The General Carl A. Spaatz Award

Current Requirements for the Award

General Carl A. Spaatz was the First Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and first Chairman of the CAP National Board.

The following information is current as of 2 Jan 2012.  For the most recent promotion requirements, please see the CAP Website.

Promotion Eligibility Requirements

Spaatz Ribbon Approved by CAP National HQ

1.   Pre-Requisites:

Be a current CAP cadet, as shown in E-Services.
Possess a CAP uniform and wear it properly.
Be capable of reciting the Cadet Oath from memory (see CAPR52-16 paragraph 5-2 and 1-3).

2.   Leadership:  Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book leadership test with a grade of 80% or higher, within a 60-minute time limit, based on Leadership for the 21st Century, volumes 1 and 2; CAPM 39-1, CAP Uniform Manual; CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management, chapters 1 and 2; and the CAP Drill and Ceremonies Manual.

Triple diamonds worn by Spaatz Award recipients.

3.   Aerospace:   Pass a 60-question, multiple-choice, closed-book aerospace test, with a 60-minute time limit, based on selected chapters of Aerospace: The Journey of Flight

4.   Character:   An essay written from a selection of moral leadership topics. National Headquarters evaluates the essay’s grammar, organization, and content using the grading critique found in Figure 2-5. Cadets have 60 minutes to complete the essay, and may use a dictionary or spell-check. It is graded pass or fail.

5.   Activities:   Participate actively.

6.   Fitness:  Pass the mile run or shuttle run, plus 2 of the 3 other events in the cadet physical fitness test, as shown below:

Males Aged: 10 11 12  13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 28 29 29 30 33 34 36 40
Curl Ups 41 43 47 50 52 53 51 51
Push Ups  20 24 27 35 36 39 40 49
Shuttle Run 10.7 10.4 10.0 9.8 9.4 9.2 8.9  8.9
Mile Run  8.19 8.00 7.41 7.11 6.45 6.38 6.25 6.23
Females Aged: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17+
Sit & Reach 31 32 34 36 38 41 39 40
Curl Ups  37  39  41  42  43  44  41 40
Push Ups 18 17 18 19 19 19 21 23
Shuttle Run  11.3 10.8 10.7 10.5 10.5 10.3 10.4 10.3
Mile Run  10.08 9.44 9.15 8.49 8.36 8.40 8.50 8.52

Leadership Expectations

Fulfilling the promotion eligibility requirements above is only half the battle. You also need to show that you have some leadership skills. Look at the goals below and once in a while ask yourself how well you’re doing in those areas.

Attitude Resilient; shows mental discipline in working to achieve long-term goals; welcoming of change; has habit of continual self-improvement
Core Values Uses empathy; recognizes how Core Values relate to new and unfamiliar situations; makes sound and timely decisions independently
Communication Skills Articulate; succinct; persuasive; varies message to fit audience; proficient in explaining complex issues
Sense of Responsibility Completes large projects with little supervision; follows and sets a command intent; self-starter
Interpersonal Skills Actively develops and mentors cadet officers; adapts leadership style to fit situation; calm under pressure
Critical Thinking Sets long-term goals for the unit; imaginative and visionary; recognizes unit’s long-term needs; mentally agile when faced with unfamiliar problems
Delegation Skills Directs multiple teams and manages multiple tasks; assigns people to right jobs; delegates well and enables others to take charge

Typical Duties

Cadet Executive Officer/Deputy Commander

Cadet Commander

Additional Information

“Note Regarding Membership Rules:  To attempt the Spaatz Award exam, cadets must be current members. If a cadet’s membership is about to lapse, the cadet should be sure to renew at least 72 hours before attempting the exam, otherwise the exam software may deny access to the exam materials.”

NHQ must receive either your completed CAPF 52-2 or your Squadron Commander can approve the promotion through the online promotion system.

Spaatz Award Fact Sheet (from the CAP NHQ Website)

Award History

The General Carl A. Spaatz Award was authorized by CAP National Headquarters in 1963 as the capstone award in Phase III of the “new” cadet program.  General Spaatz himself authorized the use of his name on the award.

Guidelines for Presenting the Spaatz Award

Guidelines for the presentation of the Spaatz Award, including a sample script for Spaatz Award Ceremonies, are now available here.

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