1946, Congress granted a charter to Civil Air Patrol, charging its
members with three missions. First, CAP was to promote aviation.
As years passed, that mission expanded to include aerospace education
as well. Second, CAP was to provide a training program to support
the nations youth in contributing to society and preparing
for successful adult lives. Finally, CAP was to continue its emergency
services, the work for which CAP is still best known today.
CAP maintains both internal and external aerospace education programs.
CAP members, both adults and cadets, follow a rigorous program to
learn about aviation and aerospace principles. CAP also reaches
out to the general public through a special program for teachers
at all grade levels. Through this program, CAP provides free classroom
materials and lesson plans for aerospace education and each year
sponsors the premier national conference in this field. (MORE)
CAPs cadet program trains young men and women in teamwork,
moral leadership, aerospace education, technical skills to support
emergency services, and military history and customs. Through national
encampments, a college and flight training scholarship program,
and the International Air Cadet Exchange, CAP cadets broaden their
horizons, learn to assume responsibility, feel self-confidence and
set goals for their lives. (MORE)
Best known for its members work in search and rescue
and disaster relief missions, CAP is expanding its role in
the 21st century to include an increasing number of homeland
security operations and exercises. CAP also performs counterdrug
reconnaissance missions at the request of law enforcement agencies
and can do radiological monitoring and damage assessment. CAP members
undergo rigorous training to perform these missions safely and cost-effectively.