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Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a volunteer service. CAP members participate in fun activities like aerospace lessons, flying in CAP aircraft, practicing facing movements, and drill. Joining CAP is a great way to meet new friends and help your community. Not only that, but young people with a military interest will gain skills that will be useful in the future.
Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions including Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Services, Air Force Support and Counterdrug.
CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.