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CIVIL AIR PATROL ...Performing Missions for America
The Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by over 150,000 citizens concerned about the defense of America's coastline. Flying under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew over one-half million hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II. On July 1, 1946, President Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, which made CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. CAP was charged with three primary missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services.
CAP CORPORATE INFORMATION
CIVIL AIR PATROL'S MISSIONS
CAP SAFETY PLEDGE
As a federally chartered nonprofit organization, Civil Air Patrol is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This entitles members to claim various expenses as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law. These include the Following:
CAP Cadets can earn Military Benefits
Cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are eligible for advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the US Air Force. It's worth about $150 more a month in pay and it puts you up to 18 months ahead of your peers when it comes to promotions! Mitchell Award cadets may also apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities.
CAP Cadet Airman & NCO Grade Insignia
CAP Cadet Officer Grade Insignia
CAP Senior Member Officer Grade Insignia
Join the Civil Air Patrol
We have a place for you . . . mission observer, communications specialist, public affairs, personnel, safety, working with youth, training . . . there are over 25 specialties. More than likely, there is a unit near your home waiting for you to join.
INITIAL CADET MEMBERSHIP:
All applicants for cadet membership must meet the following prerequisites:
Twelve years old through 18 years old. Enrolled in or graduated from a public or private school or college with a satisfactory record of academic achievement. Not married. Not a member of the active duty Armed Forces. United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.. Good moral character.
INITIAL SENIOR MEMBERSHIP:
All applicants for senior membership must meet the following prerequisites:
Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force. Must be at least 18 years old. Active duty members of the Armed Forces can join CAP as a senior member at any age. United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.. No felony conviction by any court of record whether federal, state or military. No pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), dishonesty and violence. If you were previously in the active duty military, you must have been discharged under honorable conditions. REMEMBER - YOU DONíT HAVE TO BE A PILOT TO BECOME A MEMBER OF CAP!
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS REWARDS & RECOGNITION:
As a CAP volunteer, your rewards are not monetary, but they are as tangible as money in the bank. Nothing compares to the sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done, particularly if that job is saving lives or aiding communities. As a CAP member, you will be recognized as a vital member of a national team with a tremendous heritage of serving those in need and doing it well. Advancement in Civil Air Patrol is clearly visible to your friends, family and business associates by the distinctive CAP uniforms with their military-style grade insignia, ribbons and badges. Some members choose to quietly serve and not wear a uniform.
Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education and a wide variety of leadership and technical training opportunities for all CAP members, including Air Force courses. Special training is also conducted for those participating in search and rescue as mission pilots, observers or ground team members. Communications training is highly specialized and presents unique opportunities to network with other communicators from around the country. These new skills, and the self-confidence that goes with them, make you even more valuable in the workplace and in other community activities.
Civil Air Patrol members are easily recognized in the community since they wear a variety of distinctive uniforms. Since CAP is the official US Air Force auxiliary, members are also authorized to wear the Air Force uniform with distinguishing CAP badges and insignia. Wearing Air Force blue is a tremendous way to publicly demonstrate support and affiliation with this branch of our Armed Forces.
MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS:
CAP members gather regularly at meetings and conventions around the country. There is also a national convention held in a different city every year. Air travel to and from the convention may be provided by the Air Force if available.
INTERNATIONAL CADET EXCHANGE PROGRAM (IACE):
Each year a limited number of cadets and senior member escorts travel to a variety of foreign countries as part of an aviation cadet exchange program to further a program of international goodwill and understanding.
RENTAL CAR DISCOUNTS:
The Hertz Corporation offers rental car discounts to CAP members for both business and pleasure travel. A special Hertz identification card is furnished to each member upon request. Rates and discounts may be obtained by calling Hertz at 1-800-654-3131.
CIVIL AIR PATROL VISA CREDIT CARD:
The CAP affinity VISA card offers senior members and the parents of cadets an opportunity to apply for a credit card that actually supports CAP. Each time the card is used in a transaction, a donation is made by the bank to support CAP. The CAP emblem and the memberís grade are embossed on the front of this distinctive credit card.
MAXWELL-GUNTER CREDIT UNION:
Civil Air Patrol members and their families are eligible to join the Maxwell-Gunter Credit Union (located at Maxwell AFB, AL). MAX offers a variety of services including:
As a Federally chartered non-profit organization, Civil Air Patrol is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This entitles members to claim various expenses as charitable contributions. These include:
What to expect as a new cadet
I am interested in joining CAP as a cadet and was wondering what to expect and what rank will I be when I first join?
You would begin as a Cadet Airman Basic and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences as you complete the achievements and progress through the ranks up to Cadet Colonel. See below for details on what can be expected when you first join CAP.
See Paragraph 2-5 and 2-4(below)of CAPR
52-16 CAP REGULATION 52-16(E) CADET PROGRAM MANAGEMENT.
brief introduction of CAP to the parents.
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