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Prince William earns Quality Cadet Unit Award

September 30, 2018

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MANASSAS, VA Prince William Composite Squadron earns the Quality Cadet Unit Award for the sixth year in a row beginning in 2013. Topping out the fiscal year with 105 cadets, the unit met eight out of 11 points of criteria. Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program. The Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective. Cadet and composite squadrons who meet the challenging criteria below automatically earn the award. The Quality Cadet Unit Award can serve as a helpful management tool. Local leaders can use their award criteria to gauge the relative health of their Cadet Program.



All cadet and composite squadrons and flights with a minimum of 10 cadets are eligible.

2017-2018 CRITERIA (Data from 1 September 2017 through 31 August 2018)

The award criteria are entirely objective.  Any unit that meets at least 6 of the 11 criteria listed below, as of 31 August, qualifies:

  • Adult Leadership: The unit has at least 3 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster
  • Aerospace: Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) or sent in an after-action report on a STEM Kit during the school year
  • Cadet Achievement: 40% of cadets on the roster have attained the Wright Brothers Award
  • RRLA: Unit hosted an RRLA
  • Encampment: 50% of cadets on the roster have completed encampment
  • Enrollment: The unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster
  • Growth: The unit’s cadet roster increased by 10%, or 10 cadets (from 1 September 2017)
  • Orientation Flights: 70% of cadets on the roster have participated in at least 1 flight
  • Retention: The unit retained 50% of first-year cadets (cadets that joined from 1 September 2017 through 31 August 2018)
  • CyberPatriot: Members that actively participate in CyberPatriot during the 2017-2018 competition will earn their squadron credit.  
  • Emergency Services:  60% of cadets on the roster have GES certification


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Lt. Col. Kimberly Frady, Assistant Public Affairs Officer 

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