Civil Air Patrol

Would you like to honor and serve America?

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?

Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

CAP Missions

CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.

CAP’s aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.

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.

  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Relief
  • Humanitarian Services
  • Air Force Support
  • Counterdrug

Director of Cadet Programs (DCP)

Maj. Bill Hargrove, CAP

Major William Hargrove joined Civil Air Patrol in the beginning of 2008, as a senior member to the Lowcountry Composite Squadron. Prior to joining Civil Air Patrol, he was very active in his children’s youth activities and a veteran of the US Army. He participated with them as coaches in their recreation center baseball leagues and church league soccer and basketball. In 2007, his oldest son joined Civil Air Patrol, as a cadet, and invited Mr. Hargrove to attend the meetings.

He joined the local squadron, focused on his strengths and quickly became involved with Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. Major Hargrove has served as Squadron Assistant Deputy Commander for Cadets, Deputy Commander for Cadets, Squadron Emergency Services Officer, Wing Emergency Service Training Officer, Squadron Safety Officer, Wing event Safety Officer at Encampment and SAREVAL, Encampment Commandant, and Encampment Emergency Services Flight Training Officer…Read more.

CAP Core Values