About CDIs

Character Development Instructors (CDIs) are not chaplains, but are an important part of the CAP Chaplain Corps.

The Civil Air Patrol Character Development program teaches CAP cadets ethical thinking and decision making through monthly case study seminars. Character Development Instructors can make a tremendous difference in the life of every cadet by mentoring and instructing them in CAP's core values of integrity, respect, excellence, and volunteer service.

CDI with Cadet



CAP Reg 265-1 defines the requirements for CAP Character Development Instructors

  • You must meet all requirements for Civil Air Patrol senior membership (see CAPR 39-2, Civil Air Patrol Membership).
  • You must have completed the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) seminar
  • You must have completed the CAP Basic Instructor Course
  • You must obtain a letter of recommendation from a leader in your community
  • You will need to be interviewed and recommended by the wing chaplain in your state
  • Contact your Wing Chaplain for an application (CAP Form 35a)

Learn more about becoming a CDI

  • Begin with a CDI Application Form (CAP Form 35a)
  • File a CDI Statistical Report at the end of June and December each year (online)