CAP Cadet History Project

Dark blue insignia, 2016:

CAP authorized the wear of the Air Force's ABU.  The insignia was changed from ultramarine blue to dark blue.

C/Capt Gorham receives "top honors" at the Jet Orientation Course, Perrin AFB, TX, 1970

C/2nd Lt Allen Sykes, WA Wing, 1962

Cadet khaki shade 1 shirt, circa 1948-52.  The ribbons are slightly out of order.


C/Lt Bill Worden, circa 1948

Cloth Collar Insignia for Fatigues, circa 1966:

Cloth collar insignia for the OG fatigues was released around 1966.  The insignia was white on OG cloth.  The CAP was worn on the left collar by cadet officers, with grade insignia on the right.  Enlisted cadets usually wore the metal CAP insignia.

If it's wrong, he'll find it.  NCC circa 2006.

Insignia Change, 1966:

The CAPC insignia was changed to the CAP "cutout" in 1966.  It had a satin finish with black beveled edges.  It was worn on both sides of service uniforms (shirt collar and coat lapels), officer and enlisted, until 1978.  (Cadet officers wore shoulderboards on their shirt with CAP cutouts on the collar until 1978.)  Cadet officers wore either metal or cloth CAP on the left side of the fatigues collar.  Enlisted cadets wore the cutout on both sides of the fatigue uniform.

NCC, post 2007

Insignia Change, 1952:

The CAPC patch was replaced by the long "Cadet, Civil Air Patrol" breast badge.  The other insignia remained the same.

New style

Ultramarine blue insignia, 1971:

The Air Force changed to ultramarine blue insignia on fatigues in the mid 1960.  CAP followed in 1971.

 Cadets listen closely to an Army Air Force pilot, Grenier, MA, circa 1944.

CAPC Cadet John Byron, 16, and AAF Cadet Robert Marnard, 23, August 1944.  Cadet Byron has the metal CAPC insignia over his right pocket.

Cadet BDU changes, 2005:

The cloth or metal CAP cutout was removed from the left side of the BDU collar for all cadets. 

Enlisted cadet changes, 2007:

In 2007 the CAP cutout was removed from the left collar of all enlisted cadet uniforms.  The metal chevron is now worn on both sides of the collar/lapels on all uniforms. 

CAPC Distinctive Insignia, 1942:

When the cadet program was added to the existing adult CAP program in October 1942, cadets were only authorized to wear the "shirt sleeve" (no coat) US Army Air Force uniform with insignia that distinguished cadet from Senior Member, and a black tie instead of the usual khaki.  (Cadets started to wear the khaki tie in 1944.)  The cadet  program was referred to as the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, or CAPC.  The insignia was minimalist: round CAP cadet patch on the left shoulder, cadet flight cap patch, and either a metal or cloth "CAPC" over the right pocket.  Nothing was worn on the collar. 

Insignia Change, 1948:

CAPC insignia was pinned on both sides of the collar of enlisted uniforms.  Cadet officers wore the CAPC insignia on the left, with officer insignia on the right.  Officer and enlisted cadets wore the CAPC on the lapels of the service coat.  The blue CAPC patch remained over the right pocket.

Insignia Change, 1978:

Metal chevrons were introduced in 1978.  Enlisted cadets wore the CAP cutout on the left side of the "blues" shirt, fatigues collar, and the left side of the service coat lapel with the metal chevron on the right. 

For officers, soft blue epaulets were released, and wear of the hard shoulderboards on the blues shirt was discontinued.  (They continue to be worn on the service coat.)  Since CAP was embroidered on the epaulets, the CAP cutouts were removed from the collar.  Cadet officers continued to wear the cutouts (metal or cloth) on the left side of fatigues and on the service coat lapels.

Insignia change from oxidized to high shine, ~1994:

The satin CAP cutout was changed to the current high shine version around 1994.  The official authorization year was 1995.