CAP Benefits - Both tangible and intangible!

There are countless benefits of Civil Air Patrol membership, but here are just a few:

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REWARDS AND RECOGNITION - As a volunteer, awards are not monetary, but are as tangible as money in the bank.

TRAINING - CAP offers aerospace education, leadership, and technical training, including Air Force correspondence courses for all members. Special Training is also conducted for those participating in search and rescue as mission pilots, observers, or ground team members. Communications training is highly specialized and presents unique opportunities to network with other communicators from around the country.

UNIFORMS - When available, the Air Force issues a free basic Cadet uniform, with savings of approximately $100. Officers are also authorized to wear the Air Force-style uniform with distinguishing CAP insignia if they meet grooming standards.

MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES - CAP has many conferences and activities held around the country with free Air Force transport if available. These activities and other meetings are usually held on military installations.

WORLD-WIDE TRAVEL - Through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program, a limited number of Cadets and senior escorts travel to several foreign countries for a few weeks each year to foster international goodwill and understanding. Some of these countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

TAX BENEFITS - As a federally chartered nonprofit organization, CAP is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This enables members to claim various expenses as charitable contributions to the extent allowable by law. 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


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