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Minnesota Leadership Academy - MLA

Minnesota Leadership Academy - MLA is an annual event hosted by Minnesota Wing and held at Camp Ripley in October over the Minnesota Education Association - MEA Teacher Conference Weekend.  It is an opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends as you work together with other Cadets in the Minnesota Wing.  

2022 MLA  - October 19th through October 23rd

MLA offers 4 different learning experiences.

ATS - Airman Training School              

For those new to the Cadet program who have not yet attended an Encampment you will learn:

  • How to excel in drill and ceremonies.

  • Standards for proper uniform wear and care.

  • All of the opportunities that CAP has to offer and how to take full advantage of the Cadet Program.

NCOS - Non Commissioned Officer School   

For Cadets who have attended an Encampment and are at least a C/SrA you will learn to:

  • Lead and teach flight level drill in accordance with CAPP 60-20.

  • Effectively prepare and present a speech in a professional setting.

  • Successfully manage the basic development of subordinate cadets.

  • Recognize the importance of how your decisions impact fellow cadets and your future CAP career.

BCOS - Basic Cadet Officer School          

For Cadet Officers or soon-to-be Officers (minimum of C/CMSgt or successful completion of NCOS)

  • The Principle of Officership.

  • The Responsibility of Command.

  • How to mentor and develop younger cadets.

  • And above all, how to lead cadets on a larger scale.

Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)

  • RCLS is a pre-requisite for the Eaker Award and is geared towards developing Phase III leadership skills (indirect leadership) in Cadets.

  • For future and current Cadet Officers, Region Cadet Leadership School offers cadets a chance to learn new skills and acquire knowledge to become more effective leaders in their squadrons and wings. There are daily assignments and group discussions on ethics, leadership, and management. It is a challenging but rewarding experience designed to help you grow in leadership skills.

  • RCLS is authorized by the Region and is held in different states within the region, so it is not always available in Minnesota. However, when held in Minnesota, it takes the place of our Basic Cadet Officer Course (BCOC). 

Cadre - MLA Cadet Staff                     

For those that have attended all levels of MLA you can apply for the opportunity to serve as staff:

  • Cadet Commander

  • Cadet Executive Officer

  • Cadet Administration Officer

  • Cadet Duty Officers and NCOs

  • Cadet PAO Officers

  • Cadet ATS Seminar Leaders

  • Cadet NCOS Seminar Leaders

  • Cadet BCOC Seminar Leaders

Registration for Cadets can be found at

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