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AFA CyberPatriot Competition

News & announcements: Team registration deadline has been extended to 15 October 2020.

AFA CyberPatriot promotional video

   Why you should learn about cybersecurity?
  • Everyone who owns a computer or a smart device is at risk against cyberattacks
  • Learn about cyberthreats and how they can directly or indirectly impact you
  • Learn to identify your systems’ vulnerabilities which open doors to cybercriminals
  • Learn to protect your computers against cyberattacks
   How to learn about cybersecurity?
   What do you need for a CAP  AFA CyberPatriot competition team?
    • A Senior Member to manage the team as a CyberPatriot Coach
    • At least one person with strong computer and system administration knowledge for CyberPatriot Mentors/Instructors
    • 2 to 6 cadets  
    • A Middle School level team will have 2 to 6 middle school student cadets
    • A High School level team will have 2 to 6 middle or high school student cadets
    • At least one computer with the proper technical specifications to run the AFA CyberPatriot materials 

    Bi-weekly CyberPatriot Web Conferences

    Maj. Bill BlatchleyCAP-NHQ Cadet Cyber Programs Specialist, holds bi-weekly CyberPatriot Coaches online Meetings for CAP Teams. Email him your contact information to receive all latest news and announcements, as well as to join these online meetings.
    CyberPatriot Coaches Meeting every other Thursdays. Time: 18:00 to 19:00 Pacific
    Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
    You can also dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122    Access Code: 411-238-493
    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when the meeting starts:

    CyberPatriot resources

    Training materials from AFA:
    Training courses from Cisco NetAcad, ITProTV & SANS Cyber Aces:
    NSA resources and weekly crypto-challenges: 
    Training materials from CAP:

    Cadet Cyber Badge

    In August 2018, the Cadet Cyber Badge and Cadet STEM Badge were introduced. These new recognition programs will motivate cadets to participate in activities like CyberPatriot, robotics, astronomy, meteorology, drones / UAVs, flight simulators, and more. Cadet Cyber and STEM Badges are authorized for wear on the CAP cadet uniform, effective 1 October 2018. See Cadet Cyber & STEM Recognition Programs CAPP 60-41 for more information (

    CAPR 39-1, CAP Uniform Regulations, has been updated as of 5 March 2020 and authorizes the display of these badges on cadets' Blues uniforms.

    To earn a Cadet Cyber Badge with increasing rating, a cadet must accomplish the following:

    Cadet Cyber Badge

    Basic Rating

    Intermediate Rating

    Advanced Rating

    Progress in CAP Cadet Program


    Achievement 1
    Maj Gen John Curry


    Complete Phase I
    Wright Brothers Award

    C/2d Lt

    Complete Phase II
    Brig Gen Billy Mitchell Award

    Classroom activities

    Complete the activities from the CAP Introduction to CyberSecurity Activity Guide. This involves classroom and hands-on activities comprising approximately 20 contact hours.

    Participate in the CyberPatriot competition, serving in a team leadership role. This involves classroom and hands-on activities of approximately 20 contact hours.


    Successfully complete the CyberDefense Training Academy, Cyberspace Familiarization Course.

    Serve a minimum of 30 (cumulative) contact hours as a tutor, assistant coach, or instructor for a CyberPatriot team or during activities associated with a squadron’s completion of the CAP Introduction to CyberSecurity Activity Guide.


    Complete the Cyber Defense Training Academy, Advanced Cyberspace Familiarization Course.

    CyberPatriot competition
    CyberDefense Training

    Participate in the CyberPatriot competition. This involves classroom and hands-on activities of approximately 20

    contact hours.

    Complete a high school (or higher) course in computer science, information assurance, or cyber security.


    Obtain an industry-standard information security certification such as the CompTIA Security +, or (ISC)² SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner.

    Career Dossier

    Research and write about a cyber-related occupation (civilian, government, or military).

    Complete another 1 to 2 page dossier, this time on a different occupation.

    Provide at least 10 hours of IT service to CAP or another organization by managing a website, local access

    network, or unit help desk.


    Design an application, administer Moodle courseware or other learning management system, or complete a project of similar scope and complexity.