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FNelson
Recruit

Posts: 6
Unit: SWR-NM-018

« on: August 29, 2017, 12:33:44 PM »

I am interested in attending the International Air Cadet Exchange in the future and I am curious about what sort of experiences I can expect. I am not yet 18 or a Cadet Captain, but I still want to learn as much as I can now about the program. First-hand experiences are really what I am looking for, but if any one has any interesting information I want to learn as much as I can.   
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MSG Mac
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Posts: 1,766
Unit: MER-MD-071

« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 03:08:40 PM »

I was an escort to Belgium in 2013.
1. Apply as soon as applications are open.
2. Have your passport before applying (takes 6-8 weeks according to the Passport Office)
3. If accepted you have 30 days to return all the required paperwork and fees. Miss the deadline, you are replaced and an alternate gets your slot.

3. If named as an alternate, don't despair. see #3

As for what actually happens. it will be a whirlwind of activity. everyday you will be going to a different activity and in smaller countries all across the country. You will spend the weekends with local families (usually families of that country's cadets. Our group had helicopter and glider flights, several events with the Royal Belgian Air cadets, 3 banquets, visits to WWI and WW II battle sites, etc. You will enjoy it and be exhausted at the end. Enjoy

P.S. There are several FB pages with IACE pictures check them out.
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Michael P. McEleney
Lt Col CAP
MSG USA (Retired)
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Posts: 123

« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 09:22:28 AM »

The Volunteer magazine usually runs articles about the program each year, normally focusing on one or two countries.  That will give you a good idea of pace and opportunities out there.

Rather than actually hitting the complete button as soon as the applications start, start to review all of the parts of the application as soon as it's open.  You'll need to complete a questionnaire.  It's rather long, and they ask some rather interesting questions.  TAKE YOUR TIME in answering those questions (hit the save button often and leave it alone for a while before reviewing your answers).  Make sure you answer the question completely and make sure that you are actually answering the question, not just writing an answer.  Some of the questions look very similar, so take the time to read through all of the questions before you begin.  No sense wasting time explaining something in one question as a part of your answer, if they actually ask that question later.  In years past, the questions were grouped by topic, CAP experience, community involvement, and then situational questions.   

As it states on the web site, if you're serious about attending, get your passport even before you apply.  Start it when you turn 17 and the passport will be good for 10 years.  Christmas break is a great time to start it, just before the application for IACE opens.   
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FNelson
Recruit

Posts: 6
Unit: SWR-NM-018

« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 12:28:54 PM »

Thank you very much for the information!
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