On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol provides external education programs for the aviation community and public at large, as well as internal training for our members. You can read more about CAP's Aerospace Education mission here.
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Program seeks to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. You can read more about CAP's cadet programs here.
Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions. You can read more about CAP's emergency services mission here.