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Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a non-profit public service organization devoted to emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education. Over 64,000 strong, the Civil Air Patrol is an official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force and operates the world's largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft.


Since 1941, we have served America by providing the humanitarian services using volunteer members. CAP volunteers are unpaid, concerned citizens doing good works through local community activities. For more information on the history of the CAP please visit www.caphistory.org.

CAP is an aviation-focused organization, but you don’t have to be a pilot to have a long, satisfying CAP career. Most members are not pilots, they are aviation enthusiasts who wish to serve—on the ground or in the air.

The Civil Air Patrol is organized into five command levels - National, Region, Wing, Group and Squadron. Each level is directly responsible to the level above it and exerts authority over all levels below it.

Our Core Programs:

Civil Air Patrol Missions fall into three major categories: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and the Cadet Program. CAP performs 95% of our nation’s inland search and rescue missions, saves approximately 100 lives per year, conducts aerial reconnaissance for homeland security, supports disaster-relief/damage assessment, provides transport for time-sensitive medical materials and conducts counter drug missions.
The CAP organizes over 100 aerospace education workshops per year and conducts the U.S.'s premier annual aerospace education conference.

For more information on these missions please visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com A wide range of opportunities (specialty tracks) are available to allow you to contribe to the achievement of CAP's missions.