Civil Air Patrol — Join Today!

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Calling all Americans!


Do you like serving your community? Do you like flying? Do you like to honor America?

If you can answer yes to any of those questions, I have an awesome program for you. That program is called, “Civil Air Patrol”.

Civil Air Patrol, (CAP), is a nonprofit organization that specializes in Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.

CAP’s Cadet Program teaches cadets ages 12-18 about aviation, search and rescue, leadership, character development, and so much more! If you choose to join, your life will be changed forever. You get to meet new, incredible people, challenge yourself in leadership, and open yourself up to so many awesome opportunities that can help you pursue a career in aviation. I love this program. I am so proud to have been in here for five years and counting. I have had so many of the best experiences in CAP.

Here’s one of the best parts!

You can fly! That’s right. You, yourself, with the controls of a small airplane. And for the low, low cost of free! As a CAP cadet, you get five free flights in a powered aircraft and five free flights in a glider. Each flight teaches you a different skill such as basic controls, attitude flying, weather, navigation, and more.

Here are a couple of pictures of me flying! See for yourself:

Civil Air Patrol was founded on December 1, 1941, six days before the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Since then, CAP and its over 66,000 members has rescued over 85,000 individuals (a number that is increasing each year). CAP is called to assist in many single aircraft accidents across America, using one of the largest fleets of single, piston engine aircraft in the world.


What are meetings like?

For example, in my squadron, each week has a different focus area.

The first week is Emergency Services. We learn and practice search and rescue tasks and work towards ground team qualifications.

The second week is Aerospace Education. We learn about different aerospace topics. Anything from aircraft instruments to space, to how lift occurs, and others are part of our AE meetings.

The third meeting of the month is PT (physical training). This week is dedicated to helping cadets develop healthy lifestyles. We have a physical fitness test that cadets take to earn promotions. This is an easy enough test if you’re decently fit. The core events consist of push ups, sit ups, and a mile run.

The fourth week is our character development and awards meeting. At these meetings, we recognize cadets with awards that they’ve earned, promotions in rank, etc. We also hold character development classes with related games for cadets to grow as people and leaders.

This is the basic information of my squadron’s monthly routine. Each squadron probably does it differently, but this is a good thing to base meetings off of. As my squadron’s cadet commander, this is a great system and cadets learn a lot.

Will I be yelled at a lot?

No. You will not be yelled at at meetings. However, we do have an activity called “encampment” that you can go to. These encampments are like age appropriate basic training. The intensity is raised, but still, not too much. You will not be pushed past your limit.

Is CAP the military?

No. We wear Air Force style uniforms, but you are not part of the military. If I catch you using your CAPID to get that military discount at Taco Bell, watch out 😂

How much does it cost?

Each wing (state) has different costs, but they are all low. For example, Alaska is $28 per year. Easy. They just want you to stay active, so you do have to renew your membership every year.

If you would like to know more about Civil Air Patrol, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! You can definitely PM me if you are interested in attending a meeting. I’ll get in contact with people and let you know of the place, time, and everything you need to know!

Thanks for reading!


Considering topics in the RWA category need to be approved for publishing, and he previously had a long standing near-identical thread under his old account, gonna say that this topic is okay.


@JamesQFA380 and @KTJ_Mitchell

Yes, the original one was specifically moderator approved (I messaged them before I posted the first time in 2020)

And yeah, as KTJ said, it was specifically approved this time because it’s the RWA category 👍


It’s not military. Cadets for the Air Force are at the Air Force Academy. CAP is like an auxiliary wing for the Air Force. They have a similar structure bc of this.


CAP is indeed a great and fun way to gain some great knowledge on aerospace and leadership! I’ve been a CAP member for roughly 2 years now with 2 encampments completed and it’s definitely a cool experience.

In fact, I was supposed to meet @Pingu over the summer at a CAP Parajumping Orientation Camp in Tucson, I only got selected for stand by. 🥱

(pingu pls bribe them for me thnx)


Wait a minute, I recognize those places in the photos! I’ve thought about joining, what can they offer someone who has their PPL and in college?

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Retired USAF here. I’ve thought about joining. I did some USCGAux for awhile here in North Georgia. Moving soon, hopefully to the Tampa area in July and may look up there. It’s a great way to get into aviation by spending lots of time and less money lol. You also learn about search and rescue, ELTs and a bit of command and control, my old specialty in the Air Force (1C3X1)

Looking like this move will involve staying at the base FAMCAMP and showers at the gym for saving for deposits lol.


Long story short …. Though after I retired I went into Fire/Rescue and have seen CAP kids do everything from parking lot directors for events for unit donations to working SAR on the ground with us and sometimes we got someone in the sky. It’s harder now to get those missions because of GPS and smartphones but with limited service in Western NC it can happen more than you think.


What type of uniform does CAP wear? Last I saw them was the old BDU.

THE main reason I stopped the USCGAUX was the dues and uniform cost but on that end got a lot of good boat training

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I believe CAP has fully swapped to ABU USAF-Style Uniforms as of now.

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Our utility uniform is the ABU USAF style uniform with some slight differences from the active duty uniform (for example, shined black boots instead of tan boots)

Our dress blues are also USAF style. We have class A, B, and C blues.

Key word: style. We’re not the military but we are the auxiliary of the Air Force, we work with them on missions, and we’re allowed to wear some of their uniform items.

Yessir! Those were taken on the departure or arrival to/from Merrill Field and over the MatSu area.

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I’m one step ahead of you lol… Been in CAP for 2+ years. Glad to see this out there to get people interested.

If y’all have any questions about CAP or anything, I’d be glad to help!


Out of curiosity, what step ahead of me are you?

My 6 year anniversary is coming up in a few weeks 🎉


Me and my friend call CAP the “Air National Guard of the Air National Guard”


I didn’t mean I was ahead of you personally lol, I just meant that ur topic was about joining CAP and I already had… if that makes sense. And happy early 6 year anniversary


This is why I love flight services and have civil air patrol if my plane goes down!


I would… but i live in canada lol.

I can’t say enough how much Civil Air Patrol has done for me. I’ve been in for less than one year and have had so many incredible opportunities. No it’s not the military, but when you wear that uniform you are still representing the military so there is a higher expectation for you. It’s not for everyone but if you think you have what it takes do not let anything stop you from joining. Also, to touch on the point of encampment, I just went to encampment a week ago and it differs by state how intense it is. We spent hours a day outside doing pt and other activities in the raging Georgia sun for a week, but it also becomes worth it when you get to do things like fly in a Blackhawk or a C17! Once again, I do encourage anyone who is able to join as long as you are willing to put in some work. If anyone has any questions about my experience in CAP or CAP in general please feel free to reach out and I can try to answer for you!


Heres a few photos from GA Wings Summer 2022 Encampment