The primary purpose of CAP communications is to provide internal communications capabilities; to provide commanders with the means to conduct the missions of CAP both during normal conditions and when commercial infrastructure is unavailable or unsuitable. The CAP communications system provides a continuity of operations capability when commercial infrastructure fails, such as allowing commanders, at each echelon, the ability to communicate with superior and subordinate commanders. In addition, the CAP communications system may also provide third-party support to “customer” agencies where it does not conflict with the primary purpose. All message traffic must be of, or pertaining to, the business of Civil Air Patrol or its customer agencies.
The Communications Program:
1) supports Homeland Security, search and rescue, emergency preparedness, disaster relief and other operational missions; augments existing communications services in the event of actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other manmade disasters; and supports the U.S. Air Force.
2) provides messages on CAP aircraft movements, aircraft landings, and other information related to the safety of lives and property.
3) provides familiarization and practice courses in CAP radio communications procedures and demonstrates techniques of air-to-ground, point-to-point and network operations. Some of this training is prerequisite for tasks and accomplishments in the Emergency Services program.