Support To Civil and Military Authorities
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the areas of Emergency Services (Search And Rescue, Disaster Relief, Counterdrug, and Homeland Security. If a request is approved, these services are provided free of charge.
NOTE: Only the CAP National Operations Center (NOC) can approve a Request For Assistance (RFA). A RFA must be initiated by Local, State or Federal authorities. Local CAP units cannot initiate a RFA, but can inform authorities of CAP services and how the government entity can initiate a RFA. Civilians cannot request assistance.
STATE and LOCAL AUTHORITIES:
CAP can provide State and Local authorities with aerial search capabilities, ground team support operations and disaster relief efforts under Title 36.
When there is a Federal interest, CAP also provides various support functions under Title 10, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) in CAP’s role as the United States Air Force Auxiliary.
(i.e. Non-emergency / Training Missions):
In non-emergency situations, and as a follow-up to emergency situations, civilian authorities and military entities will utilize the Request For Assistance (RFA) form to request support, whether real-world missions or training missions. The RFA outlines the information needed by the CAP National Operations Center (NOC) in order for the CAP NOC staff to coordinate mission approval.