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"As Professional Volunteers, we are committed to serving our communities, the state of Michigan, and Nation during times of emergency while promoting the CAP Cadet Program, and Aerospace Education."
Established on December 1, 1941 during a period of national crisis. The Civil Air Patrol mobilized civilian volunteers and became a key component in aviation’s role during World War II. They proved general aviation's potential to supplement America's military operations. These citizen volunteers defended the nation as in no other time since the American Revolution earning the title "Flying Minutemen."
CAP officers (adult members) do much more than fly aircraft. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Mechanics, cooks, teachers, police officers, clergy, parents, etc. Just about any career or background can be useful to and are found in the ranks of CAP officers (adult membership).
In emergency services and operations, our ground team members (CAP officers and cadets) aid in the rescue of survivors or assess damage after a disaster. CAP communication personnel relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. CAP has a need for administrative staff, financial managers, and logistics and supply personnel to document missions and ensure personnel are provided critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.
As a Civil Air Patrol Officer, you'll experience a path with limitless potential by being a volunteer. From your first day as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, you'll have the opportunity to grow personally by giving back to your community and professionally through our Professional Development programs. The skills you bring and the skills you learn in Civil Air Patrol will be the medium for success within and out of CAP.
CAP has a need also for mentors with the CAP Cadet Program. The CAP cadet program provides young children and young adults, between the ages of 12 and 18, a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they have become famous public figures, prominent business people and community leaders, all who have contributed their success to the time they spent in Civil Air Patrol.
Volunteering is a path that few consider, and fewer still have the courage to walk. This path leads many to a place where being extraordinary is not required but compassionate for others is. In order to be part of, and be a leader of, one of the finest all volunteer organization, you must take this path. A path that will take you through intense training programs in Search and Rescue, Cadet mentoring and Professional Development.
- Capt. Jeffrey Wesley
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