The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is mandated by Congress to perform the three following missions:
-Cadet Programs- -Aerospace Education- -Emergency Services-
Civil Air Patrol volunteers perform:
Mentoring: Every day the adults (Senior Officers) of the CAP mentor our youth (Cadets) in leadership, citizenship, aerospace education, and emergency services. Our cadets, in turn, mentor their peers creating a positive atmosphere in their schools and communities.
Search and Rescue: by flying more than 90% of the nation’s inland search and rescue operations – every year more than 100 people are saved by CAP members!
Disaster Relief: by playing a vital role in disaster relief operations by providing air and ground support and other needed services in time of fire, flood, and disaster.
Humanitarian Services: by transporting blood and human tissue for medical missions when other means of transportation are not possible.
Air Force Support: by performing several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force: damage assessment, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys.
Counter drug: by assisting law enforcement agencies in the confiscation or eradication of billions of dollars of illegal drugs annually by flying photo reconnaissance flights.