Civil Air Patrol
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What We Do

CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air
Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions — Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.

Cadet Programs
▲ Educates youth in four main program areas — leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development.
▲ Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, as well as flight training scholarships.
▲ Allows cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award the opportunity to enlist in the Air Force at a higher pay grade.

Emergency Services
▲ Conducts 90 percent of inland search and rescue in the U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies.
▲ Trains more than 6,900 aircrew members and over 30,700 emergency responders to FEMA standards.
▲ Performs aerial reconnaissance for homeland security.
▲ Provides air intercept training, impact assessment, light transport, communications support and low-level route surveys for the Air Force.
▲ Provides disaster-relief photography and support to local, state and national agencies.
▲ Maintains an extensive VHF and HF communications network.

Aerospace Education
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Page
▲ Develops, publishes and distributes national academic standards based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aerospace education curricula for kindergarten through college classrooms, affecting about 200,000 K-12 students nationwide.
▲ Generates interest in STEM careers through aviation, space and technology focused activities and CAP “STEM Kits” associated with astronomy, flight simulations, model and remote-control
aircraft, robotics, rocketry, weather, hydraulic engineering and computer programming.
▲ Provides educators with free educational programs, products and services, including airplane orientation flights.

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