Civil Air Patrol
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The Civil Air Patrol is organized into various departments based on function. These departments carry out both operational and support roles for CAP's three missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

Aerospace Education

Aerospace Education (AE) is one of CAP's 3 main missions. CAP's AE mission includes programs for both CAP members and outside organizations. Click here to learn more.

Cadet Programs

CAP's cadet program offers youth between the ages of 12 and 20 the opportunity to learn about leadership and aerospace topics while developing their physical fitness and practicing Air Force style customs and courtesis. Click here to learn more.

Emergency Services

CAP fulfills a broad range of emergency services missions including search & rescue, disaster relief, aerial photography, and more. CAP performs over 85% of inland search & rescue missions in the United States. Click here to learn more.

Inspector General

The Inspector General's office resolves problems affecting the Civil Air Patrol mission promptly and objectively. Click here to learn more.

Public Affairs

The public affairs office provides information about CAP for both internal external audiences, and handles all interactions with the media. Click here to learn more.

CAP is looking for motivated volunteers to join our team. The recruiting and retention office provides information to prospective members about service in CAP. Click here to learn more.

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