Civil Air Patrol

Cadre Leadership School

Formerly known as ATS (Advanced Training Squadron), the Cadre Leadership School is an opportunity for cadets to get real world leadership experience that  relates to encampments and to activities at their home units.  The curriculum for this school has evolved over the last 14 years, and is a well rounded small unit leadership course.  Cadets will be challenged with theoretical leadership classes taught by Civil Air Patrol members, members of the armed forces, and civilian subject matter experts.  CLS cadets will have more freedom to make their own decisions than they experienced as a first year encampment student.  However, with those freedoms comes more responsibility and a higher expectation of excellence.   While not required to serve as cadet cadre members at Encampment, successful graduates of the CLS will have a guaranteed slot on the cadet cadre should they choose to return in subsequent years.

In addition to the extra-curricular activities that the first year students partake in, the CLS has the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Additional course work geared toward experienced cadets and perspective cadre members
  • Small unit leadership
  • Problem solving, critical thinking, and time management exercises
  • Temporary leadership assignments within their class
  • Extended training exercises away from the barracks and traditional classrooms
  • Observing and evaluating Cadet Cadre and first year students
  • Advanced drill and ceremonies instruction
  • Many more

Capt John Wenzel is the Course director for CLS.  Capt Wenzel is a recipient of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award and a member of the Champaign Composite Squadron.  He is a veteran of the US army and retired Lieutenant with the Illinois State Police.   Capt Wenzel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program that cannot be overstated.

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