Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
CAP's cadet program exists to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. CAP is a safe, positive environment that uses an age-appropriate, military-style learning model to challenge young people. There is no military obligation for cadets. Cadets are young leaders who think seriously about their futures. They may not yet know exactly what they want to do in adult life, but they're test-flying potential career interests. Cadet activities are akin to electives at school. Cadets follow a core curriculum which is accomplished mostly during weekly and Saturday meetings and encampments, as well as special activities. Beyond the core curriculum, cadets have opportunities to follow their own interests and explore potential careers. The higher a cadet advances in cadet grade, the greater breadth of opportunities become available. Electives are mostly experienced as weekend and summer programs.
CAP also offers aerospace education, which brings over 40 free fun and engaging products and programs to members and classrooms. These programs are for adults and students in pre-K to 12th grade.
For more information visit the official website here.
Anyone can join, but there are some tests as cadets can rise through the ranks
For cadets, annual dues of $25-$60; uniform costs and activity fees could be $300-$600 in the first year; financial assistance offered
The activities build all required skills
Ideally, cadets participate in a 2-hour squadron meeting each week, plus one "Saturday" event monthly and one week-long encampment in summer; school-based squadrons may have different expectations
Application form, and a visit to the local squadron