To serve America by developing our Nation's youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.-CAP Mission Statement
Civil Air Patrol is congressionally chartered as the United States Air Force Auxilary. The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer auxilary with a very diverse and colorful history. Its congressionally mandated missions are currently managed by more than 60,000 members across the country, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency service missions. Perhaps best known for its search and rescue efforts, CAP now flies more than 85 percent of all inland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Civil Air Patrol plays a vital role in disaster relief operations as well.
The authority for CAP’s aerospace education mission is derived from Public Law 476, 11 July 1946. The law states that CAP is Congressionally chartered to provide “aviation education and training” (aerospace education) to cadet members, senior members, and the general public and inform our citizens about the importance of maintaining aerospace supremacy for America. In 1948, CAP became the civilian volunteer auxiliary of the newly-created United States Air Force and both organizations joined hands to promote aerospace education for the nation.More Info
Civil Air Patrol's first cadet program was started during World War II as a way to provide training for future pilots. Since then, the program has flourished, combining Aerospace Education with Leadership and Career training. Today, CAP cadets are those members who join between their 12th and 18th birthday. Cadets who turn 18 may either become a Senior Member or remain a cadet until 21 at their own discretion. Cadets who join the military automatically become senior members when they receive their first orders.More Info
Air Force Support: Its hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the United States Air Force (USAF). Specifically, CAP conducts damage assessment, radiological monitoring, light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. Joint USAF and CAP SAR exercises sharpen the skills of all participants and offer realistic training for a deadly serious mission. North Carolina Civil Air Provides support to the North Carolina Army National Guard by participating in Operation Point Defender, an annual exercise that tests the security of the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County, NC.
Counterdrugs: CAP joined the 'war on drugs' in 1986 when CAP signed an agreement with the USAF and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to be used to stem the flow of drugs into the United States. Today, CAP has similar agreements with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). CAP has made major contributions to the counterdrug fight by providing aerial reconnaissance, airborne communications support, and airlift of law enforcement personnel.
For more information on Emergency Services, Click here-The above was adopted from CAP Manual 50-2, Marketing and Public Relations, CAP National Headquarters, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.