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Photos from: Civil Air Patrol abounds in opportunity for dedicated youth

Courtesy of Capt. Jim Zurales, Civil Air Patrol

"I first joined Civil Air Patrol in the spring of my 8th grade year, when I was 14 years old. My initial interest stemmed from CAP's flight training program. I wanted to attend the Air Force Academy, and eventually fly for the air force. I figured CAP would give me an edge up on the application process and in my career. At the time, I had no idea how right I was. CAP has not only trained me to fly and given me an edge up in my life, it has fundamentally changed who I am as a person. After joining, I quickly realized the extent to which I could take the program. Not only did it offer exceptional and cheap flight training, but also emergency services and survival training, and leadership fundamentals and experience. I have since taken the program to its fullest. Participating as much as I can, I have gained experiences, knowledge, and friends I never would have thought were possible. Here I am, 3 years later, and I still have so much left I want to do. The program simply never ends, there is always something to do. I would say that joining CAP has been one of the most important and beneficial decisions of my life. It has given me everything I expected and more, I do not know where I would be had I not joined." C/1stLt Michael Engelhart

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