Facts About the Civil Air Patrol

Facts About CAP

  • Nonprofit, 501(c)(3)corporation
  • United States Air Force Auxiliary
  • Eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia)
  • Almost 1,700 units nationwide (includes over 160 overseas squadrons)
  • Over 60,000 members
  • Largest fleet (4,000 member owned and 530 corporate owned) of single-engined, piston-driven aircraft in the world
  • Volunteers fly in excess of 120,000 hours each year
  • Maintains a fleet of 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support
  • Approximately 675 chaplains provide counseling and ministry to CAP cadets and senior members
  • Conducts over 95% of all inland search and rescue in the U.S. as atasked by the AFRCC
  • Average of 100 lives saved each year
  • Transports time-sensitive medical materials, blood products and body tissue
  • Assists Federal agencies in the war on drugs
  • Provides damage assessment, radiological monitoring, light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys for the U.S. Air Force
  • Develops, publishes, and distributes aerospace curriculum for grades kindergarten through college
  • From six to ten percent of each class entering the military service academies are former CAP cadets
  • Scholarships available in several disciplines