AFA CyberPatriot Competition

esdaNEWS from CAP-NHQ-Cyber Programs

CyberPatriot team registration will close on 5 October and the first round will be 22 to 24 October. Rosters will not need to be finalized until 1 November.

Google Chrome Desktop Remote Access to use for CyberPatriot training and competitions:

For virtual training and competing:

- Slide instructions

- Video instructions

From AFA CyberPatriot : Demo Release

The CyberPatriot Interactive Demonstration (Demo) Software

The CyberPatriot Demo is a partial simulation of a CyberPatriot image, with a built-in tutorial. The Demo aims to introduce teachers, students, organizational leaders, and others to the CyberPatriot competition. The small software package (50 MB) was designed as an informational and recruiting tool that can be used as a presentation or hands-on activity at an event, conference, meeting, or in the classroom. It may be used at in-person and virtual events.

The software was not designed to be a training image for CyberPatriot teams.

A presenter requires the following equipment and software to run the CyberPatriot Demo.

- Windows 7 or better computer

- ZIP program

- CyberPatriot Demo program download

Once the program is unzipped and executed, it is ready to go.

In a typical use of the CyberPatriot Demo, a presenter will begin the presentation by giving the attendees an overview of CyberPatriot. Then the presenter will either go through the demonstration (explaining how the competition works), or have the attendees do the hands-on simulation of the CyberPatriot competition. The CyberPatriot Demo will show scored points as the presenter or attendees finds and fixes security vulnerabilities in the simulated image.

At the end of the simulated competition, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact WAWG CyberPatriot Coordinator for the download link:

Upcoming Cyber Education training on first and third Saturdays of each month.

TOPIC: AFA CyberPatriot Exhibition Virtual Image: Ubuntu. This training is open to both cadets and senior members.

Civil Air Patrol CyberPatriot program: 

   Why you should learn about cybersecurity?

   How to learn about cybersecurity?

   What do you need for a CAP  AFA CyberPatriot competition team?

Bi-weekly CyberPatriot Web Conferences

Maj. Bill Blatchley,, CAP-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.

Past meeting recordings are available at :

CyberPatriot Coaches Meeting every other Wednesdays. Time: 17:00 to 18:00 Pacific

To help new coaches get started, bi-weekly coaches seminars will be held. These are primarily designed to help new coaches with the logistics and technical aspects of getting your team off the ground.

The first meeting will be held at 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain and 5:00 Pacific on Wednesday, 29 September.

The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting and you can connect through a link or by phone. Please email or to get the meeting info.

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:

Virtual Machines:

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

Progress in CAP Cadet Program

Basic Rating

Intermediate Rating

Advanced Rating

CyberPatriot competition


Cyber Defense Training

Career Dossier

Classroom activities


Achievement 1

Maj Gen John Curry

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. This involves classroom and hands-on activities of approximately 20

contact hours.

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


Complete Phase I

Wright Brothers Award

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.

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

C/2d Lt

Complete Phase II

Brig Gen Billy Mitchell Award

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.

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.

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.