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Los Alamos Composite Squadron

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Civil Air Patrol Core Values
Integrity   |   Volunteer Service   |   Excellence   |   Respect

The core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect serve as CAP's ethical framework for its service to America. These are based on the core values of the U.S. Air Force: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

Integrity: Integrity is the cornerstone of the core values. It is the quality of being honest, sincere, and morally upright; and without it, the other core values cannot prevail. Integrity requires discipline, consistency and persistence in order to reflect the core values in everyday life. In practice, it involves doing the right thing, understanding and implementing not just the rules and regulations but the spirit of what they stand for.

Volunteer Service: The Air Force has a similar value called "service before self." We embrace this core value and reflect it in our spirit of volunteerism. It is the willingness and ability to give of oneself, and it goes beyond simply giving our time.


Serving involves following rules, showing respect for others, enforcing discipline, and exhibiting self-control. An important component of volunteer service is the willingness to accept, promote, and follow the rules and regulations of CAP and the Air Force as well as the laws of our communities and our nation.

Excellence: CAP members should always be in continual pursuit of excellence; there is no room for the "good enough" mentality. Fulfilling Civil Air Patrol's three missions of emergency service, cadet programs, and aerospace education often results in shaping lives and saving lives, humanitarian volunteer work too important to be just "good enough."


Excellence starts with commitment, commitment to CAP's values and missions. In CAP, the nature of the mission demands persistent focus on results and getting the job done right. Mission failure can have disastrous consequences and cannot be accepted. As a moral ideal, however, excellence demands more than mission accomplishment. To excel is to surpass, to go beyond what is expected. Members must constantly strive for such results.

Respect: Genuine respect involves viewing another person as an individual of fundamental worth. This means that a person should never be judged based on external attributes (e.g., race, ethnicity, economic status, gender). Judging a person by his or her differences might serve to categorize the person and unfairly typify the value of their abilities or contributions.


The effectiveness of any organization is greatly dependent upon the environment in which people work. The CAP culture should always be based on mutual respect, where there is due regard for the feelings and rights of others.