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    About CAP

    CAP is the volunteer, nonprofit auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Its three missions are to develop its cadets, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform life-saving, humanitarian missions.


    Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

    As a Total Force partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
    Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 80-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

     Mission/Vision Statement
    Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures

    Core Values                                             

    • INTEGRITY
    • VOLUNTEER SERVICE
    • EXCELLENCE
    • RESPECT 

    Key Traits of Cadet Life

    • THE UNIFORM
    • AEROSPACE THEME
    • OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD
    • CHALLENGE
    • FUN

    The Azalea Middle School Cadet Squadron

    At the AMS Cadet Squadron you can expect to be assigned to a Cadet Great Start Element where your element leader will be charged with assisting you to learn everything you need to progress smoothly through your first promotion.

    The program is centered around Aerospace and STEM Education while exposing the Cadets to Character Development inspired by the Civil Air Patrol's Core Values for Cadets.  In addition to Character Development, Cadets will also learn Safety, and will partake in a weekly Fitness Program.  Cadets can progress through their first three promotions without having to achieve the National Fitness Standards.  Cadet leaders will help all Cadets reach their required goals.

    We are working hard toward the goal of ensuring that all new Cadets have the opportunity to take part in an Orientation Flight in a real airplane with a CAP Pilot.

    My personal goal is to give our Cadets several hands-on, and off-campus learning opportunities each year.  Please visit our FaceBook Page to see some of what we have been doing this year so far:  AMS Cadet Squadron Facebook Group

    Once a new Cadet has their ABU uniform conforming to CAPR 39-1 they will be expected to wear it once a week throughout their entire day at school.  Wearing the uniform teaches Cadets to have and show respect for themselves and their unit. Our Civil Air Patrol Uniforms are official uniforms approved by the United States Air Force.  We are privileged to be allowed to wear these uniforms to represent our affiliation as the official auxiliary and total force partner of the United States Air Force.  Therefore, our uniforms and the way in which we wear them must always conform to regulation CAPR 39-1.

    We require Cadets to attend at least one Saturday meeting or other squadron event each month, and we have two volunteer opportunities (One in first semester, and one in second semester) to work with our squadron to help out in our communities each year. 

    Please take a look through the Parent and Cadet Guides to get more of an understanding of how our organization works.