Have you ever dreamed of being a superhero and being called upon to save the world? That is basically what Civil Air Patrol cadets do, except on a much smaller scale. One of the three main components of the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, is Emergency Services. To become Emergency Services qualified, a cadet must go through rigorous training and testing.
Through Emergency Services, or ES, a cadet will learn basic safety, survival techniques and how to use tools such as maps and compasses more efficiently. Cadets will use their training and knowledge in locating downed airplanes or participating in humanitarian missions.
The Civil Air Patrol offers much more than Emergency Services. It also consists of Cadet and Aerospace programs. Anyone from the ages of 12 to 18 years of age may join CAP as a cadet. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the Air Force. Thus, through Air Force funding, CAP is able to offer many unique experiences to cadets such as flying on a C-130, or having the chance to take an orientation flight in a Cessna.
Through Cadet programs, the Civil Air Patrol aims to prepare cadets for successful careers in both military and civilian fields. All cadets are supplied with a basic uniform and are taught how to maintain it. Not only does a military style uniform give a cadet a sense of pride and unity, it also teaches them to respect the uniform and what it stands for.
The Civil Air Patrol is distinctively military. Cadets are expected to salute their officers and know basic drill movements. Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in an encampment. For one week, cadets are physically and mentally pushed to their limits. After completing an encampment, a cadet can become eligible for national activities. Cadets who participate in national activities have the chance to attend orientation courses in pararescue, flight, leadership and other exciting activities.
The Civil Air Patrol offers many exciting and unique experiences that not every teenager has. Thanks to the Civil Air Patrol, normal teenagers become leaders within their community, state and nation.