The CAP Cadet Program develops the skills and potential of youth ages 12 to 21 as they learn, and put into hands on practice, Aerospace Education, moral, ethics and leadership training, and physical fitness in a military environment.
Cadets progress through 16 achievements in a four phase program with exciting aviation and aerospace activities occurring on local and national and international levels. Parents and educators credit the cadet program for communicating the importance of integrity, self-discipline and trust in their children’s personal and professional success. It is a rewarding program that is designed to be fun and challenging for the cadets.
CAP has both internal and external Aerospace Education programs. The internal program is mandatory for Cadet members and elective for Senior members. Aerospace Education provides CAP members and the community with hands-on activities, field trips, classroom materials, teacher training and other educational aids which promote the understanding of aviation and space programs.
CAP is most commonly associated with the mission of emergency Services. CAP volunteer pilots fly 85% of all inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP volunteer members also provide disaster relief support, including air and ground transportation and aerial reconnaissance, to agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). CAP’s extensive communication network is available to local, state, and national disaster relief agencies free of charge. CAP transports time-sensitive medical materials in support of humanitarian organizations. CAP counter-drug operations through formal agreements with the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Customs Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Forest Service provides aerial reconnaissance, airborne communications support, and airlift of law enforcement personnel in support of our nation’s war on drugs. Interested cadets can take a role in CAP’s Emergency Services and have the opportunity to participate in these missions.