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CAP's Missions & training 

Early in the process, Senior Members are introduced to CAP's vision and three primary missions, all of which have additional continuing education or training options beyond the Professional development tracks already outlined. Many of the specialty tracks incorporate the training items that qualifies Senior Members to become active members in these three missions of CAP.

CAP's knowledge database provides the following introduction and definitions of its vision & mission. 

CAP's vision and mission statements explain why our organization exists, what we seek to accomplish, how we intend to accomplish those missions, and what we want to mean to our communities, states, and nation.

CAP'S Vision Statement: "Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force Auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers performing Missions for America." (3) [Emphasis added.]

CAP'S Mission Statement : "Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power." (3) 

CAP'S Three Missions: 
1. Aerospace Education
2. Cadet Programs 
3. Emergency Services (2&3)

To find out more about Aerospace Education participation and training options, both internal to CAP, or externally promoting Aerospace Education (AE), click here, https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/aerospace-education/programs/. The opportunities are varied and plentiful from becoming a CAP AE Officer, assisting as a mission pilot, accessing STEM kits for cadet instruction, mentoring Cyber-patriot competition or rocketry teams, to applying for AE grants as an AE educator servicing students in schools.

Those interested in helping develop the next generation of leaders often get involved in CAP's cadet programs. To find out how adult CAP leaders and parents can become involved and trained to help with cadet programs, click here, https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/cadets/. From field trips to CAP's summer encampments or National Cadet Special activities, adults are needed to make it all happen. Bring your skill set or develop a new one through training in order to mentor cadets into responsible, respectful, and confident leaders for today and tomorrow.

Finally, one area that CAP is know for historically is its volunteer service, especially in times of need, whether searching for a lost aircraft or person or assisting in state or national disasters. CAP has extensive training in Emergency Services. Click here for more information, https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/emergency-services/. Emergency Services operations involve coordinated efforts from volunteers on the ground as search team members or leaders, communication officers, and mission base members to those in the air, including mission pilots, scanners, observers, and aerial photographers. CAP provides training for it all.

Every squadron usually contains an adult CAP Aerospace Officer, Cadet Programs Officer, and an Emergency Services Officer. They are your best mentors, so seek them out. Yet, your Professional Development Officer can help find the resources needed for training in these areas.
   

(2) CAP Pamphlet 50-2, "Civil Air Patrol Core Values." Professional Development Division, Aerospace Education and Training Directorate, NHQ, Civil Air Patrol. Montgomery, AL 2000.
(3) "CAP Vision, Mission Statements, Motto." CAP Knowledgebase. https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAP_Vision_and_Mission_091230_0A8DB15D1E235.pdf
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