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Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Search & Rescue Squads

Mission: Supporting america's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, cyber, and space power.

Programs: Emergency services: in 2014 cap flew 91,097 hours across all missions. Cap saved 85 lives on search and rescue missions tasked by the air force rescue coordination center and joint rescue coordination centers. Personnel supported homeland security efforts by flying cap aircraft in intercept training for the air force and the department of homeland security. Cap also flew over 7,183 hours on drug interdiction missions along the borders, over federal property, and in support of combined federal, state and local task forces. In addition, 1,224 hours were flown on surrogate unmanned aircraft system (suas) flights to help training military personnel prior to deploying in support of combat operations worldwide. Cap also responded to numerous natural disasters, primarily taking aerial photographs with geo- tagging capable camera kits for use by local officials and responders to assess damage allocating their own funds and resources effectively. With volunteer members from various backgrounds and cap's extensive professional development and training, cap delivers quality and reliable services that are also cost-effective.

cadet programs: cap's cadet program develops future leaders who are savvy about technology, skilled at search and rescue, disciplined to lead healthy lives, respectful of america and motivated to serve their communities. Meeting outside school hours, cadets, ages 12-20, receive multiple opportunities to fly in powered aircraft or gliders. Cadets often participate in cap's emergency services missions, serve on ground teams as well as deliver first aid and other essential services to crash and natural disaster victims. Using model airplanes and rockets, cadets experience the fun of aerospace education. At the same time, cap's defined advancement procedures allow cadets to develop leadership skills.

aerospace education and training: cap's aerospace education programs and resource materials - emphasizing the stem subjects of science, technology, engineering and math - were used in 2014 by more than 320,000 students and over 3,200 teachers nationwide. New aerospace products, to include robotics, remote-controlled aircraft, and advanced aerospace math were developed to expand the ae product offerings for cap members. Cap offers educators a special aerospace education membership (aem) that includes no- cost access to over 33 educational products, orientation flights, grants, awards, and professional development programs. Cap aems flew over 89 hours in orientation flights to learn, first-hand, about the flight principles and career opportunities to share with students in their classrooms and youth development programs. Four of these cap aems are among seven teachers named to the national teachers in space program, currently receiving nasa training in preparation for spaceflights. The unique "aerospace connections in education" (ace) program for grades k-6 impacted over 18,000 students in 27 states and is demostrating a 26% increase in science critical thinking skills which are important in preparing tomorrow's workforce. Additionally, over 25,000 cap cadets and over 34,000 cap adult members utilize cap's many stem-related aerospace programs and products to learn more about aerospace, aerospace careers, and the importance of aerospace to our national security and economic strength.

communications (539,530): cap maintains an extensive emergency communications network, including 5,946 mobile and 4,022 portable radios, 2,185 base stations and 790 repeaters (of which 150 are portable/airborne), that are infrastructure independent, yet interoperable with other agencies, thereby ensuring messages can be successfully relayed even during crisis situations. Cap has made a strong effort to field portable hf radio resources recently with its incident command posts and ground teams so that they would not be limited during natural disasters where cell phones and some local networks are often damaged. Counterdrug (435,163): in regards to homeland security and the war on drugs, cap aircrews are used to spot illegal marijuana grow sites as well as other clandestine activities like suspicious activity along the border. Cap assists military, federal and state agencies and task forces responsible for law enforcement. Cap also supports practice aerial drug intercept missions similar to those conducted for the air force. This work serves to protect america from both domestic drug operations and drug trafficking across its borders. Counterdrug missions logged 7,183 flying hours to keep drugs off of america's streets. Drug demand reduction (135,838): cap received the last of its funding for demand drug reduction during this period. The civil air patrol (cap) drug demand reduction (ddr) program has assisted regions, wings, groups, and squadrons in instilling an aggressive,positive, drug-free attitude in cap members, air force families, departmentof defense civilians, and school- aged children. To that end, cap's ddr program provides leadership, educational materials, and partnerships within institutions and organizations to reach thousands of children and adults with a drug-free message. Its national red ribbon week each october is the country's oldest and largest community awareness event in support of healthy, drug-free lifestyles. In the cadet program, the anti-drug message is reinforced during summer activities where cadets produce their own video messages about substance abuse, as well as in routine squadron meetings.

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Rating: 5

I was a part of CAP for 5-6 years, as a cadet. I learned a lot from this program. From learning about aerospace, to leadership, to search and rescue, and many other things. Excellent, excellent program I recommend it for teens and older generations.

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