Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program is for young adults 12-18 years old. In the Cadet Program, youth are taught valuable lessons about leadership, given aerospace instruction, and have opportunities of a lifetime.


Civil Air Patrol cadets get amazing leadership opportunities, from leading small groups to large activites. Cadets begin the cadet program as Airmen, in a rank structure similar to our parent organization, the Air Force. Over time, as they are taught leadership both at local meetings and at larger events, such as our encampments, they rise in rank and get more opportunities, from leading a single element of four or five fellow cadets to commanding the very activities they learned from


Civil Air Patrol cadets are given amazing opportunities. From the statewide encampments, similar to military basic training, to nationwide special activities like the Experimental Aviation Association's AirVenture or national leadership schools, cadets can enjoy a variety of activities for any interest.


Civil Air Patrol cadets get to work with other cadets and adult members in real-life activities in emergency services and community service activities. Cadet-run teams are often utilized in these activities, with senior cadets taking the role of team leader.

Emergency Services

Beginning with its founding during WWII, one of CAP's core purposes has been service to the community. Today, we perform this mission by serving our communities during emergencies.

Search and Rescue

Civil Air Patrol is an important part to the US Air Force Rescue Coordination Center's search and rescue missions. CAP flies over 90% of all inland search and rescue missions for the AFRCC, performing searches for aircraft ELT beacons and missing persons across the country. CAP's members recieve the training and equipment necessary to perform this key role for the Air Force and other service organizations.

Disaster Relief

Civil Air Patrol provides disaster relief services across the country for emergency situations. CAP aircraft are used extensively to find damage and focus resources more effectively. Civil Air Patrol personnel are tasked with tasks such as cleanup and crowd control. CAP has worked with public service agencies at the local, state, and federal level to use our resources as a "Force Multiplier" in emergency situations.

Homeland Security

Civil Air Patrol has recently taken up a homeland security mission. CAP aircraft are used in training exercises with military personnel and Civil Air Patrol members assist in various other homeland security tasks.


Civil Air Patrol has an extensive HF and VHF communications network across the nation. CAP members are trained in radio procedures and CAP is given communications equipment from the US Air Force to assist us in completing all three missions.

Aerospace Education

CAP is dedicated to aviation and to encouraging the love of aviation in our communities. CAP's resources put us in a unique position and give us a capability few other groups have.

Orientation Flights

One of the Aerospace Education programs' primary goals is to give our cadets the opportunity to fly. CAP cadets are given the ability to have 5 flights in CAP aircraft, absolutely free.

Flight Instruction

CAP is a great way to learn to fly. CAP aircraft and instructors are available for no cost, allowing anyone to learn to fly for a minimal cost. For young adults, CAP provides flight academies for its cadet members where any cadets can go from no experience to solo in a single week.

Model Rocketry and Model Airplanes

CAP runs a model rocketry and aircraft program, giving our cadets the chance to explore both model rocketry and model aviation. There are national activities for CAP cadets to "learn to fly" a model aircraft, and there are several build-your-own model rocket programs for CAP cadets to get hands-on-experience.