Adapted from Great Start Program 1 May 07 available athttp://level2.cap.gov/documents/BookletHighRes.pdf
The Civil Air Patrol wasformed on Dec. 1, 1941, onthe eve ofAmerica’s call to national service as weentered World War II after the attack onPearl Harboron Dec. 7, 1941 . While logging more than 500,000flying hours, CAP’s originalEveryday Heroes sunk twoenemy submarines andrescued hundreds ofcrash victims. After thewar, a thankful nationrecognized CAP’s value tolocal and nationalagencies dedicated tohomeland security. OnJuly 1, 1946, PresidentHarry Truman signedPublic Law 476incorporating Civil AirPatrol as a benevolent,nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congresspassed Public Law 557 permanently establishing CivilAir Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force andprovided for three primary missions — aerospaceeducation, cadet programs and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol Today
In addition to homeland security, today’s CAPmembers conduct search and rescue, counterdrugreconnaissance, and disaster relief missions. Many ofour 33,000 senior members also nurture theleadership skills of more than 22,000 youth enrolled incadet programs. In addition, CAP broadens thehorizons of hundreds of thousands of students andmore than 1,000 teachers annually through ouraerospace education programs.
CAP’s assets and resources include, but are notlimited to, over 500 corporate owned aircraft, almost4,000 member-owned aircraft, 950 ground vehicles andthe most extensive communications system in theworld. However, CAP’s most valuable assets are itsvolunteers. Including training, members log in excess of100,000 flying hours each year.
As a member, a unique aspect of CAP is thetraining made available to you to help fuel our“Missions for America” in the following ways:Administration
Drug Demand Reduction
Recruiting and Retention
School Enrichment Program
There is something to meet most every individual’sneeds and interests. If your area of interest is notlisted, ask your mentor or commander, and you willprobably find it.
Civil Air Patrol’sMissions For America
CAP promotes and supports aerospace education,both to its own members and the general public. CAPeducational programs help prepare American citizensto meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospacesociety and understand its related issues. To fulfill theCAP mission of educating America’s citizens aboutthe importance of air and space power for ourcountry, CAP offers a myriad of aerospace programs,products, and services to educators and aerospaceenthusiasts.CAP maintains integrated internal and externalaerospace education programs. Internally, CAPmembers, both adults and cadets, follow a rigorousprogram to learn about aviation and aerospaceprinciples. Aerospace Education Officers (AEOs)attend regional AEOworkshops to learn howto promote aerospaceeducation throughouttheir communities. CAPcadets have to passaerospace tests andachievements to progressin rank and promotion.Externally, CAP reachesout to the general publicthrough a specialprogram for teachers ofall grade levels. Throughthis program, CAP provides free classroom materialsand lesson plans for aerospace education. CAPoffers national standards-based educational products,including textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on