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Civil Air Patrol

Help Us Create America's Future...Today!


Comprised of more than 60,000 volunteers and cadets, from ages 12 to over 100, in career fields as diverse as mechanics, doctors, plumbers, executives, teachers and retirees, our members embody our core values of integrity, volunteerism, excellence and respect.

We are your neighbors, we are your co-workers, and we are patriots volunteering our time and resources supporting America's communities. 

We are the only non-profit in the United States that combines search and rescue, youth character and leadership development and aerospace and cyber education, while advancing the preservation and extension of universal, American values. 95% of our cadets feel it’s important for them to help our Country.

Civil Air Patrol is in a unique position of being both a 501(c)(3) charity and the Air Force Auxiliary. We are considered a Total Force Partner with the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard.

While our primary missions are funded by the Department of Defense and congressional appropriated dollars, Civil Air Patrol requires sustained private support to create transformational change for our youth and for the future of aerospace education.

Today, our members serve in 52 Wings throughout the Country, which includes all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.