About Us

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  CAP has a proud tradition of serving our nation and local communities that goes back to World War II.  We have three congressionally-mandated missions:   Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.

Emergency Services
CAP conducts a variety of operational missions in the areas of Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief by assisting federal, state, and local authorities when requested.  CAP pilots fly more than 85 percent of all inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.  Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.  Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and transport time-sensitive medical materials in support of humanitarian missions.  As part of our program, our cadets learn the basic skills needed to participate as a ground search team.  In this capacity, cadets learn the basics of orienteering, survival, direction finding, camping, hiking, and first aid.  Click here for more information about CAP’s Emergency Services mission. 

Aerospace Education
Our goal is to educate, inspire, and instill an understanding of the role of aerospace in today’s world within our members and the general public.  This understanding helps prepare our cadets to meet the challenges of a technologically sophisticated aerospace society and encourages them to excel in the subject areas of science, engineering, technology, and math.  These are crucial areas of expertise needed in our modern workforce to ensure America stays strong and secure.  Our cadets also have opportunities to actually fly in gliders and powered aircraft through our program.  Field trips to operational as well as research, development, and testing facilities expand our cadet’s exposure to professionals from all aspects of the aerospace industry.  Click here for more information about CAP’s Aerospace Education program. 

Cadet Programs
Our cadet program is geared towards young men and women ages 12 through 21.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 4-phase, 16-step program that focuses on leadership training, physical fitness, character development, and aerospace education.  Drill and ceremonies are a central part of our program, which is modeled after the U.S. Air Force training program.  Drill and ceremonies promote teamwork, build discipline, and develop an appreciation for traditions.  We also encourage our cadets to develop the core values of integrity, service, excellence, and respect through formal values education and informal mentoring.  Our cadets also keep physically fit to cultivate in them a lifelong habit of exercising regularly.  Click here for more information about CAP’s Cadet Program. 

The squadron performs a variety of functions, from educating youth in areas of aerospace and leadership, to performing search and rescue/disaster relief, to teaching drill and ceremonies.  We teach America’s youth by implementing techniques used by the U.S. Air Force while remaining a civilian organization with no military commitment.  Our cadets learn to be strong leaders so that they can become tomorrow’s business, military, and community leaders.

Cadets (ages 12-21) also have the ability to attend any of the National Cadet Special Activities (NCSAs) after attending Basic Encampment.  NCSAs provide the opportunity for cadets to experience a great diversity of activities, such as fly with qualified pilots in many different types of aircraft, develop leadership skills, travel internationally in an exchange program, be involved in color guard, and learn about wilderness survival.  These programs give cadets direct hands-on experience and meaningful insight into several aviation-related careers.  Each activity is approximately a week long and all but two are offered during the summer.  Click here for a list of the current NCSAs being offered.

Senior members (ages 18 and up) in the Civil Air Patrol are volunteers who share their skills, talents, experience, and knowledge to enable CAP to complete all of its missions.   But their most important contribution is the impression they make on our cadets as role models and mentors.  We are always looking for volunteers young and old (regardless of prior knowledge or experience) to keep our program running efficiently and effectively.  You do not need to have any previous military experience in order to be a senior member in CAP.