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2024 Cadet Staff (Cadre) Training Dates

Cadre Selection Exercise: March 9th, 2024 (Bldg 10-141)

Cadre Training Weekend: April 4, 2024 - April 7, 2024 (Thur-Sun) (Bldg 10-138)

Encampment Preparatory School

Encampment Cadre Arrival: July 5, 2024 (Friday) (One day before student arrival)


Applicants for cadet staff are expected to be available for all of these dates.  If any of these dates will be a problem for you, please let us know before applying. All cadet staff are expected to attend both Encampment and Encampment Preparatory School.

Encampment is a cadet run activity, and cadet support and line staff positions are the bread and butter.  Encampment cadet staff are selected at a weekend Cadre Selection Exercise (CSE), where they're tested on knowledge from Encampment publications, drill proficiency, situational leadership and uniform, and then interviewed for their top positions.


All cadet staff members should have completed these prerequisites in order to be eligible to apply for Encampment staff.

  • Have Encampment credit - in state or out of state (at the time of CSE application).

  • Promote at least twice since the last Encampment (by the close of CSE applications).

  • Complete the basic Operational Risk Management quiz (before the CSE).  This is found in the new AXIS portal.

  • Complete ICUT - Introductory Communications User Training (before CSE).  This is found in the new AXIS portal; practical will be offered at the CTW after staff selection.

  • Complete the intermediate Operational Risk Management quiz (before the CTW).  This is found in the new AXIS portal.

  • Be at least a C/SSgt (before the EPS).

Application Process

2024 CSE Information

Cadre Selection Exercise applications are open through 9 February 2024.

Cost: $35 (non-refundable)

1. Registration Form (all cadets)
2. CSE Positions Google Form  


Location: Camp RipleyBuilding: 10-141.  Date: SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2024.  Arrival Uniform: ABUs.

Start Time: 0830-0900 Arrival  End Time: 1600-1700




To apply for staff, you'll need to attend this season's CSE (Cadre Selection Exercise).  To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online application, including a payment of $35. (See MNCAP form link above.)  No refunds will be issued after the close of CSE applications

  2. Fill out this year's CSE Google Form to select which positions you'll be applying for.  (See the Google Form link above.)

  3. Ensure you've met all eligibility and prerequisite requirements.

Once you've applied, you can check your status using the Status Check link above.  An Accepted status means that you are accepted to the CSE, and no further action is required.  An Applied status means that we're missing your payment or you are missing at least one prerequisite.  Check that you've completed all requirements as listed above.  It may take a day or two to update.  If you've sent in all your forms and feel that your status isn't accurate, email for clarification.

Out of State Applicants

In addition to the above requirements, all non-Minnesota CAP members must submit the CAPF 60-81 signed by your squadron, group (if applicable), and wing commander. Scan and e-mail to If there is a delay in getting these signatures and you need to request an extension to the deadline, you must e-mail as soon as possible for an extension to be considered.

What to Pack

Applicants must bring:

  • ABUs
  • CAP ID card
  • Water bottle
  • Pen or pencil,
  • Notepad,
  • Appropriate toiletries
  • Personal medication as needed
  • Safety vest or belt
  • Optional, but recommended: Watch. 

While social media isn't allowed for applicants during the CSE, phones are allowed for time and scheduling.

Knowledge Test Reference

Questions on the knowledge test will come from this list.

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