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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is CAP part of the military?

Although CAP is the Air Force auxiliary, and we use many of military-derived customs, courtesies, facilities, etc., we are not technically part of the military. We are all civilian volunteers that donate our time to help make our community a better place.


What is some of CAP's history?

In the late 1930's, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country.  As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions, such as coastal patrols and submarine bombing missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented. 

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  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. 

Today, CAP has grown to over 60,000 members across the nation, and is constantly striving to educate people in aerospace and emergency services and build a civilian task force to serve your community, state, and nation.


How do I get my uniform?

Uniforms can be gotten in a couple of different ways. 

  1. Once a Cadet reaches their first achievement, our supplier, Vanguard, awards the cadet a $100.00 voucher to procure Dress Uniform items through ther online service.

  2. Our Logistics department does keep a small supply on hand and can issue some items (if in stock)

  3. Some field uniforms items can be found at surplus store or other online sources.

  4. Many uniform items can be purchased through vanguard at https://www.vanguardmil.com/

    (The above link will open a new browser window outside the CAP.GOV domain.)

​It is advised that you check in with our Squadron Logistics Department before you order. They can help answer questions so that you can make the most of your order.


What's at a typical meeting?

On the 1st Monday of a month, we wear Blues uniforms and promotions are usually done that night, along with one or two classes. On the 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month, we wear BDU or ABU (Camo) uniforms and take classes, drill, and have flight time. On the 4th Monday, we wear PT uniforms (athletic wear) and you will see something quite similar to your school Phys Ed class, only a bit more demanding.


How do I communicate with the squadron?

E-Mail is a large part of how our Squadron Communicates routine messages and information. Text and phones are used when emergencies and Missions arise.

To contact the Squadron about joining, or for more information, please see the "Contact" tab.

 

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