What We Do
CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air
Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.
- Educates youth in four main program areas leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development.
- Offers orientation flights in powered and glider aircraft, as well as flight training scholarships.
- Allows cadets who have earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award the opportunity to enlist in the Air Force at a higher pay grade.
- Conducts 90 percent of inland search and rescue in the U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies.
- Trains more than 6,900 aircrew members and over 30,700 emergency responders to FEMA standards.
- Performs aerial reconnaissance for homeland security.
- Provides air intercept training, impact assessment, light transport, communications support and low-level route surveys for the Air Force.
- Provides disaster-relief photography and support to local, state and national agencies.
- Maintains an extensive VHF and HF communications network.
- Develops, publishes and distributes national academic standards based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aerospace education curricula for kindergarten through college classrooms, affecting about 200,000 K-12 students nationwide.
- Generates interest in STEM careers through aviation, space and technology focused activities and CAP STEM Kits associated with astronomy, flight simulations, model and remote-control
aircraft, robotics, rocketry, weather, hydraulic engineering and computer programming.
- Provides educators with free educational programs, products and services, including airplane orientation flights.