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.

Latest News

Latest News

Great Start Weekend, October 27-28, 2018

Great Start Weekend, October 27-28, 2018

We were at Civil Air Patrol - Pennsylvania Wing's Great Start hosted by Group 3 at Horsham Air Guard Station this weekend! Special Thanks to: our Group Commander-Lt Col Herr, our...

Remembering September 11th

Remembering September 11th

On this anniversary of the heinous attacks on our Nation and her Citizens on September 11th 2001, we pause to mourn the fallen, support the survivors and families, show our gratitude to...

Latest National News

Latest National News

Timeline Flight 14 — Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor

Timeline Flight 14 — Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor

With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col....

Disability No Obstacle for Minnesota Wing Member

Disability No Obstacle for Minnesota Wing Member

Loretta FultonContributing writerCivil Air Patrol recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a profile of 1st Lt. Matthew Stepaniak, who has overcome his physical...

Guertin’s CAP Contributions Continue

Guertin’s CAP Contributions Continue

Loretta FultonContributing WriterCarolyn A. Guertin made an impact on the brand-new Civil Air Patrol the day she joined, then served the organization and led by example until her death in last year....