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Member Benefits

Awards & Recognition

As a Civil Air Patrol volunteer, your rewards are not monetary, but they are as tangible as money in the bank. Nothing compares to the sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done, particularly if that job is saving lives or aiding communities.

As a CAP member, you will be recognized as a vital member of a national team with a tremendous heritage of serving those in need--and doing it well.

Advancement in CAP is clearly visible to your friends, family and business associates by the distinctive CAP uniforms with their military-style grade insignia, ribbons, and badges. Some members choose to quietly serve and not wear a uniform.


Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education and a wide variety of leadership and technical training opportunities for all CAP members, including Air Force correspondence courses. Special training is also conducted for those participating in search and rescue missions as pilots, observers or ground team members. Communications training is highly specialized and presents unique opportunities to network with other communicators from around the country. These new skills, and the self-confidence that goes with them, make you even more valuable in the workplace and in other community activities.


Civil Air Patrol members are easily recognized in the community because members wear a variety of distinctive uniforms. Because CAP is the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, members are also authorized to wear the Air Force uniform with distinguishing CAP badges and insignia. Wearing Air Force blue is a tremendous way to publicly demonstrate support and affiliation with this branch of our Armed Forces.

Meetings and Conventions

CAP members gather regularly at meetings and conventions around the country. There is also a national convention held in a different city every year. Air travel to and from the convention may be provided by the Air Force if available.

International Air Cadet Exchange program (IACE)

Each year a limited number of cadets and senior member escorts travel to a variety of foreign countries as part of an aviation cadet exchange program to further a program of international goodwill and understanding.

Tax Benefits

As a Federally chartered nonprofit organization, Civil Air Patrol is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This entitles members to claim various expenses as charitable contributions. These include:

  • Membership dues
  • Expenses for uniforms and training materials
  • Out of pocket expenses while participating in CAP activities
  • Mileage on personal vehicles
  • Travel and living expenses while participating in CAP activities