What is Civil Air Patrol?

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

What is Civil Air Patrol?

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Become a Cadet

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. Learn how you can become a CAP Cadet.

Become a Senior Member

Looking for a way to give back? Adult volunteers have the opportunity to perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of government agencies.

Become a Friend of CAP

Are you interested in supporting CAP but don’t have the time to make the commitment as a member?  Become a Friend of CAP and support CAP’s service to our communities and nation.
CAP Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Excellence, & Volunteer Service

The core values outlined above serve as the foundation for how CAP members treat one another; how they treat the recipients of CAP’s humanitarian service; and how they care for the corporate assets under their control. These basic commandments form CAP’s ethical centerline – a moral compass for the organization.

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S.W. Region’s Ready Named to Board of Governors

S.W. Region’s Ready Named to Board of Governors

The vice commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Region, probably better known in CAP for his service at the national level, has been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of...

Mass. Wing’s Hume Chosen to Command NE Region

Mass. Wing’s Hume Chosen to Command NE Region

Col. Everett C. Hume, a former cadet and longtime member of Civil Air Patrol who served as Massachusetts Wing commander from 2013-2017, has been selected as the Northeast Region’s next...