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Civil Air Patrol

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Civil Air Patrol
Country United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
RoleCivilian auxiliary
Size32,557[1] Senior Members (as of 31 March 2016)
23,798[2] Cadets (as of 31 March 2016)
535 light aircraft
4,300 volunteer-owned aircraft
1,000+ CAP-owned vehicles
HeadquartersMaxwell Air Force Base
Motto(s)"Semper Vigilans"
Always Vigilant
March"The C.A.P. Is On The Go"[3]
EngagementsWorld War II
National CommanderMaj Gen Mark E. Smith, CAP
Aircraft flown
Powered: Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Cessna 206, MT-7-235, de Havilland L-20, Gippsland GA8 Unpowered: LET L-23, Schweizer SGS 2-33

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a non-profit organization that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a volunteer organization with members from many backgrounds. It performs three missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aeronautics education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth.

Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to just under 21 years of age. Senior members are 18 years of age and up. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Civil Air Patrol eServices". Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. "CAP eServices". Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  3. "CAP Song and CAP March". CAP Knowledgebase. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2012.

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