Thank you to all who participated in this year's MER Cadet Competition! It was an amazing weekend. A special thank you to the Cadets and Senior Members who gave up their weekend to staff this event. We couldn't have done it with you!
Congratulations to the 2017 Middle East Region teams. The competition was fierce!
The overall winners who will be representing Middle East Region at National Cadet Competition July 1-3, 2017, Wright Patterson AFB are:
1st place- NC-111 Search and Rescue Cadet Squadron
2nd place- MD-003 Frederick Composite Squadron
Individual event winners:
Written Exam: C/Capt Leigh Lennon DC-026 Arlington Composite Squadron
CPFT Male- C/Capt Grant Manock- VA-095 Coastal Composite Squadron
CPFT Female- C/Capt Saffron Hewett Qualls- VA-095 Coastal Composite squadron
Sr Cadet Jeopardy- C/2d Lt Deannah J. Bennett- VA-095 Coastal Composite Squadron
Spot Uniform Inspection- NC-111 Search and Rescue Cadet Squadron
Uniform Preparation- NC-153 Boone Composite Squadron
Next year’s competition will be held 13-15 April 2018 at Ft Pickett! See you then!!
2018 MER Cadet Competition
The Middle East Region Cadet Comp will be held on 13-15 April 2018 at Fort Pickett, VA. Each wing can enter two teams. Teams will consist of 6 cadets of any grade or age.
The competition will use the NCC Curriculum in CAPP 52-4.
We are also looking for members to serve on staff to help judge and assist with the competition. You do not have to be an expert to help. Roles may consist of: Judges, marshals, linesmen, timekeepers, meal prep/set up. Cadet assistants are also welcomed.
If you are interested please feel free to contact me at if you have any preference as to how you would like to assist please let me know that as well.
Team Preparation Tips
- Start early (now)
- Escorts and team captain should read CAPP 52-4 in its entirety. Multiple times.
- Practice events with all cadets in the squadron, then pick top six
- Give cadets schedule of things to practice at home (e.g., CPFT)
- Mix events into regular squadron meeting at first
- Graduated practice schedule
- 1-2x/week until six weeks out
- 2-3x/week until three weeks out
- 3-4x/week until week of competition
- New competition format is much more doable – so do it!
MER Cadet Competition OPS Plan- 2017
Capt Eric T.B. Muse, CAP
Middle East Region Director, Region Cadet Competition