Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.
Civil Air Patrol's Mission
Founded on December 1, 1941 to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization with three primary missions - Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.
Civil Air Patrol responds as needed to local and national emergencies with disaster relief, search and rescue, damage assessment, and fire watch capabilities. Both seniors and cadets play an important role in emergency services.
CAP is devoted to furthering aerospace education both inside and outside of the organization. Cadets in the program are eligible for both powered aircraft flights and glider flights. Cadets pursuing aviation careers can attend flight academies and solo an aircraft, while some may even be able to earn their private pilot's license through Civil Air Patrol. Model rocketry and STEM projects are another way for cadets to learn about science and aerospace. CAP reaches out to the local community through teachers of all grades with free classroom materials and lesson plans to further aerospace education.
The Cadet Program is designed for youth between 12 and 18 years of age. The cadet program is designed to develop cadets in leadership skills, character and fitness. Cadets advance through the program and become eligible for many great programs ranging from aerospace education, flight training, emergency services training, leadership academies, and more! Although not every cadet aspires to join the military, many graduates from the Air Force Academy were former CAP cadets.