Civil Air Patrol is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. 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. CAP is made up of eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). 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.
Marking its 75th anniversary in 2017, Cadet Programs can track its beginnings to Oct. 1, 1942 — 10 months after the formation of CAP on December of 1941. More than one million cadets have benefited from the Cadet Programs’ leadership, character development, fitness and aerospace/STEM education curriculum.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.
OUR CORE VALUES
Integrity – Volunteer Service – Excellence – Respect
OUR SLOGAN OUR MOTTO
Citizens Serving Communities Semper Vigilans
(1) To provide an organization to :
– encourage and aid citizens of the United States in contributing their efforts, services, and resources in
developing aviation and in maintaining air supremacy; and
– encourage and develop by example the voluntary contribution of private citizens to the public welfare.
(2) To provide aviation education and training especially to its senior and cadet members.
(3) To encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities.
(4) To provide an organization of private citizens with adequate facilities to assist in meeting
local and national emergencies.
(5) To assist the Department of the Air Force in fulfilling its noncombat programs and missions.
MEASURING OUR IMPACT
|Saves an average of 80 lives per year||Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 560 planes currently in the fleet||Consists of 1,437 squadrons and approximately 56,000 volunteer youth and adult members nationwide||Flew over 104,500 hours in 2016||Contributed nearly $167 million in man-hours in past year, serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the nation|