Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a Congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: aerospace education for youth and the general public, emergency services, and cadet programs for teenage youth.

Aerospace Education

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The aerospace education programs promote an understanding and appreciation for the importance of aviation and space exploration to our society and national security. As a member of the Civil Air Patrol, cadets are eligible to receive 5 free glider orientation flights and 5 free power-engine flights from certified FAA flight instructors.

Emergency Services

Through Emergency Services training, Civil Air Patrol members learn practical techniques for Search And Rescue, Disaster Relief, Counterdrug and Homeland Security. While cadets qualify to assist in federal, state and local agency missions, cadets will not be exposed to any conditions which jeopardize their health.

Cadet Programs

Each phase of the cadet program emphasizes five areas of achievement: leadership laboratory, aerospace education, physical fitness, moral leadership, and squadron activities. Some of these activities include model airplane building, drill teams, model rocketry, obstacle course, flight, and survival training.


Nationwide, CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots.

The Cadet Program is open to youth ages 12-18 years of age. You don’t have to be a pilot or need military experience to join Civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Patrol cadets are also not obligated to join any branch of the military service.  

The Senior members (adult leaders) have varied backgrounds – educators, business professionals, retirees, students – some have military experience, others have none.


The Owatonna Composite Squadron is a terrific place for you and your family to learn, grow and help serve our community, state and nation!