Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer, non-profit organization that also serves as the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force.
Our three missions are to develop youth through a cadet program, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform live-saving humanitarian missions.
Cadet ProgramThe program accepts new Cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old, as well as Senior Members who are age 18 or older, with no maximum age limit. It is a year-round program with weekly meetings at a local CAP squadron and additional activities on weekends or during the summer.
CAP's Cadet Program is not a military or boarding school, but a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life.
To fulfill its goal of developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the Cadet Program is developed around five program elements: Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities. As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way.
For more information on joining CAP as a Cadet, click the "How to Join" tab on the left-side menu bar.
Senior Member ProgramCAP Senior Members serve their communities through a variety of ways.
For example, some may choose to serve by serving on the Cadet Program staff, working with Cadet members in areas such as leadership, drill and ceremonies, customs and courtesies, character development, or aerospace education.
Others may choose to serve as pilots on Searh and Rescue missions, or non-pilots may serve as mission scanners on aircrews, or may work in administartion at Mission Base or on CAP Ground Teams, all contributing to CAP's Search and Rescue efforts.
Other senior members may even decide to support their communities through working in administartion, personnel, finance, professional development, or any other positions in the local CAP squadron.
For more information on joining CAP as a Senior Member, click the "How to Join" tab on the left-side menu bar.