rewards and Recognition
As a CAP volunteer, rewards are not monetary, but are as tangible as money in the bank. Nothing compares to the sense of satisfaction that comes from a job well done, particularly if that job is saving lives or aiding communities.
CAP offers aerospace education, leadership and technical training, including Air Force correspondence courses, for all CAP members. 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.
When avialable, the Air Force issues a free basic cadet uniform; a savings of approximately $100. The uniform includes shirt, pants (or skirt for female cadets), belt and buckle, shoes and hat. Since CAP is the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, senior members are also authorized to wear the Air Force-style uniform with distinguishing CAP badges and insignia.
Meetings and Conferences
CAP members gather regularly at meetings and conferences around the country. There is also a national convention held in a different city every year. Air travel to and from the conference may be provided by the Air Force if available.
International Cadet Exchange Program
Each year a limited number of cadets and senior member escorts travel to several foreign countries as part of an aviation cadet exchange to further 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 800-654-3131.
Civil Air Patrol USAA RewardsTM MasterCard Credit Card®
The CAP USAA offers senior members and the parents of cadets a credit card that supports CAP. With this card, you can help promote Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally chartered emergency services, cadet prgorams and aerospace education missions. USAA Bank will make a contribution to the Civil Air Patrol when you open an account, make eligible purchases and keep an active account. Your support helps the Civil Air Patrol accomplish missions for America. To sign up for this offer, please visit www.usaa.com/inet/pages/bank_credit_cards_military_affiliate_cap.
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 contribuions to the extent allowed by law. These include the following: Membership dues, expenses for uniforms and training materials, out of pocket expenses while participating in CAP activities, mileage on personal vehicles, travel and living expenses while participating in CAP activities.