What is CAP?
FOR PATRIOTS AGES 12 AND UP, CIVIL AIR PATROL IS A VITAL FORCE THAT PROTECTS AMERICANS IN NEED BY RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES, PRESERVES THE VALUES THAT MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT BY DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS, AND ENSURES OUR COUNTRY’S PREEMINENCE IN AEROSPACE AND CYBERSPACE EDUCATION BY DEDICATING OURSELVES TO TEACHING FUTURE GENERATIONS.
In December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol was founded by citizens committed to using civilian aviation resources to help bolster the nation’s defense. Under the jurisdiction of the Office of Civilian Defense and later the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than 500,000 hours performing a wide variety of duties, including coastal patrol for submarine activity as well as ships and personnel in distress, forest and southern border patrols, target towing for the armed forces and courier flights. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered nonprofit corporation, and Congress passed a law on May 26, 1948, designating CAP as the Air Force Auxiliary and giving CAP three primary missions – emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.