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Our Values

CAP Core Values

Our Civil Air Patrol core values reflect how we choose to act as an organization; it’s a statement of how we choose to treat our fellow members, our customers, and the American public. They reflect our organization’s institutional commitment as well as our members’ personal commitment to public service. Our core values establish the standards that our members are expected to conduct themselves.


A Civil Air Patrol cadet color guard at the U.S. Air Force Memorial.

Integrity is the cornerstone for all that is moral and just in our society, embracing attributes such as courage, responsibility, accountability, justice, openness, self-respect, and humility. Civil Air Patrol members practice the highest standards of self-discipline.

Volunteer Service

A Civil Air Patrol Cessna flying over the National Mall.

Volunteer Service is the very essence of Civil Air Patrol’s service to humanity and implies a commitment to place the organization’s purposes first and foremost. This process begins with the member’s agreement to obey the rules and regulations of CAP and the U.S. Air Force.


A Civil Air Patrol pilot in the cockpit of a Cessna.

Excellence is striving to be the very best by constantly improving Civil Air Patrol’s humanitarian service to America. From personal appearance to resource management, excellence is the goal of all CAP members.


A Civil Air Patrol cadet participating in an Air Force ceremony at the Pentagon.

Respect means treating everyone with fairness and dignity and working together as a team.


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