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Diversity and Inclusion


Lt. Col. Victor Kyler, CAP

Diversity Officer, Delaware Wing


Civil Air Patrol Definition of Diversity and Inclusion

"Diversity is a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities that are consistent with the CAP Mission and Core Values and reflective of the communities in which we serve.

Civil Air Patrol diversity includes but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, race, color, sex, age, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, and military or veteran status.

Inclusion is the process of creating a culture where all members of the organization are free to make their fullest contributions to the success of the group, and where there are no unnecessary barriers to success.

Civil Air Patrol diversity and inclusion efforts complement but remain separate and distinct from, CAP’s Equal Opportunity compliance programs and activities."

Maj Gen Edward Phelka
National Commander


Civil Air Patrol Policy of Nondiscrimination

(per CAPR 36-1 dated 22 August 2008, revised 26 January 2009)

It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no member shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any CAP program or activity on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap). It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no applicant meeting CAP’s minimum age requirement will be denied membership in CAP on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap).

Complaints Under the Civil Air Patrol Nondiscrimination Policy

(per CAPR 36-2 dated 22 August 2008)

This regulation assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for addressing alleged violations, involving CAP members, of the Civil Air Patrol’s Nondiscrimination Policy as specified in the Civil Air Patrol Constitution. This Program implements provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88-352), Title III of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (PL 94-135), Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5500.11, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs, DOD Directive 1020.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of Defense, and Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2707, Nondiscrimination in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of the Air Force.



Special observances support the CAP diversity and inclusion program by highlighting the achievements of members and others who have contributed to our missions and aviation. They complement CAP’s existing programs that feature people who contributed to aviation and CAP, including cadet achievements, senior member professional development awards, and aerospace education materials.  The list of CAP Special Observances will be from those established by US Code or public law as identified on the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute’s (DEOMI) website at CAP’s observances will feature historical aviation pioneers, current and former CAP members, and others who are associated with CAP, its history, or its missions. None of this is to limit recognizing members of any demographic in any month of the year. Members should be featured in any month for accomplishments and recognition should be timely based on their achievements.



Non-Discrimination Statement

Mid Atlantic Commanders Non-Discrimination Statement

CAPR 36-1, Non-Discrimination Policy

CAPR 36-2, Non-Discrimination Policy Lesson

CAPP 1-10, Special Needs Pamphlet

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