Congressionally Chartered with Mandated Missions

Following World War Two, the role of the Civil Air Patrol in servitude to its citizens needed redefining. On May 26, 1948 the 80th Congress passed Public Law 80-557 permanently establishing the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the newly established U.S. Air Force. CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations.

Our Three Key Missions

Click on one of the three areas below to explore more about our congressionally assigned key missions:  Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.









Want To Join Us?

Whether you are young — or young at heart, there’s a place for you with the Civil Air Patrol. Come be a part of one of the most premier volunteer organizations in the nation. No experience necessary; just an adventurous spirit and a desire to serve. We’ll help you learn the rest. Click on one of the membership options below to find out more about becoming a Cadet or Senior Member.