Cadet Program


Civil Air Patrols Cadet Programs is designed to build and create the leaders of the future.  This is accomplished through the use of Air Force structure and discipline to foster an environment of growth and professionalism.  Cadets are given the chance to attend and staff various activities where the skills taught to them are put to real world use.

Aerospace Education


To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to  For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to  

Emergency Services


Since World War II Civil Air Patrol has been instrumental in assisting the United States Air Force in its mission of Emergency Services.  Civil Air Patrol conducts Search and rescue for missing persons as well as downed or lost aircraft.

About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol was formed one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America’s call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, include logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Today, Civil Air Patrol is tasked with three areas: Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services.

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