Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions:
Members abide by four core values of Civil Air Patrol:
Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Volunteer Service
Our Three Missions
Our Aerospace Education program focuses on both internal members as well as external education through community outreach. We encourage the advancement of knowledge and appreciation for aerospace issues for our members and host a number of workshops for youth at large.
For youth between ages of 12-21, Cadet programs focus on aerospace education, leadership development, and physical fitness. Cadets advance at their own pace in a 16-step program that establishes a foundation for advanced education opportunities in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). CAP also offers flight training for youth interested in learning to fly. Cadets who are interested in a military career may enter the Air Force as an Airman First Class (E3) rather than Airman Basic (E1).
Whether on the ground or in the air, the Emergency Services program includes many ways that CAP members help our communities. CAP executes operational missions including search and rescue, disaster relief, counter drug, and providing support for local and governmental agencies, such as FEMA, Red Cross, etc. Each year, CAP members help to save nearly 100 lives. CAP also provides support to the U.S. Air Force in several non-combat missions.