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Non-Profit Volunteers

Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Funding for our organizations comes from many sources, these funds are usually earmarked for one specific area of our program. As CAP members are all volunteers, even up to our National Commander/CEO, funds, whether government sourced or locally fundraised, go directly to making our program better and never to paying CAP members. CAP commands at wing and above do have paid employees to handle administrative needs of the program; however, these are not considered 'members of CAP' and do not wear CAP or USAF uniforms. Additionally, locally raised funds are kept assigned to the unit(s) that the donator specifies and are never moved without the specific permission of the unit which controls those funds. 

Federal Funding

The US Air Force funds CAP operations to support missions critical to Air Force goals. Our major equipment including: Aircraft, Radios, and Vehicles are procured using these funds. Emergency Services (ES) operations, specifically Search and Rescue, are funded by the US Air Force, while some ES operations are funded by clients such as FEMA or State jurisdictions.

Local Funding

Squadrons (local level) and wings (state level) are generally locally funded; some through State funds but mostly through donations. These funds are used by squadrons for facilities, recruiting materials, supporting the cadet program, scholarships, advertising, cadet uniform items, and minor equipment which makes our operations possible including: search and rescue gear and fuel for operations not specifically funded for ES missions. 

How can you help your local unit?

The best way you can help your local unit is to join the program and donate your time to making our operations possible; however, units also require money to support our operations and make our efforts more successful. Donations can range from equipment and fuel cards to cash donations and anything else in between. 

Check donations can be made directly to your local unit, contact them to set up when/where to meet. This gives you the ability to dictate what part of CAP you wish to support, we only promise to specify using donations in one of our 5 main funding categories, Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, Facilities, or General Supplies. If you wish to send an online donation to the Gallatin Composite Squadron, click on the donate now button below or on our home page. 


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Squadron Contact:

Commander: Austin M Troth, Captain, CAP

Phone: (406) 599 2462


What might the squadron buy with these funds?

Each area of the program has financial goals that the squadron leadership has identified that would help in growing our program and our influence on cadets. 

Cadet Programs:

Aerospace Education:

  • Uniforms for resale to new members and uniform accessories (ribbons, ribbon bars, and ranks)

    • $2000 up front, $400 per year to maintain.

  • Physical Fitness equipment

    • $600 up front

  • Recruiting and Public Affairs supplies/advertisements

    • $400 a year

  • Color Guard and Drill Team Equipment

    • $1000 up front

  • Certificates for awards with frames

    • $200 a year

  • Fuel for cadet activities

    • $750 a year

  • Computers for simulators

    • $2,500 up front

  • Rocketry equipment

    • $500 up front

  • Drones

    • Cost undetermined

  • Other AE supplies (books, projects, ect)

    • Cost undetermined

Emergency Services:


  • Search and Rescue gear/equipment

    • Backpacks, gps. rain gear, maps, cots, ect

    • $10,000 up front

  • First Aid Supplies

    • $200 a year

  • Sleep systems, bags, cots, and tents

    • $12,000 up front

  • Antenna and mounting systems

    • $300 up front

  • Fuel for Disaster Relief missions

    • $250 a year

  • Printer/Paper supplies

    • $400 up front and $200 a year

  • Cargo Trailer for storage

    • $5,000 up front

  • Squadron facility to house the program

    • $250,000 up front, $5,000 a year

  • Equipment to outfit a squadron home

    • $3,000 up front, $1,000 a year



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