Welcome to Washington Wing Diversity

 Civil Air Patrol offers full opportunities to ALL members interested in the advancement of Aerospace Education, providing Emergency Services to the community, and continuing a premier youth program (Cadet Programs) for our nation’s teenage adults. Since its inception in 1941, CAP continues to lead the way in the acceptance and inclusion of ALL Americans, no matter their background, providing equal opportunity based on individual talent and skill.

“There is no restriction on Civil Air Patrol membership because of race, creed, color or sex… ability to do [the] job is [the] only consideration beyond patriotism.”

-- Major General John F. Curry, first National Commander, Civil Air Patrol --

 CAP's Core Values of Integrity, Excellence, Service, and Respect are at the heart of WAWG Diversity

Civil Air Patrol's Definition of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities that are consistent with the CAP Mission and Core Values and reflective of the communities in which we serve.

Civil Air Patrol diversity includes but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, race, color, sex, age, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, and military or veteran status.

Inclusion is the process of creating a culture where all members of the organization are free to make their fullest contributions to the success of the group, and where there are no unnecessary barriers to success.

Civil Air Patrol diversity and inclusion efforts complement but remain separate and distinct from, CAP’s Equal Opportunity compliance programs and activities.

-- Maj General Mark Smith, CAP National Commander --

 Diversity and Inclusion Observances

Special observances support the CAP diversity and inclusion program by highlighting achievements of members and other Americans who have contributed to CAP’s core missions, aviation and aerospace. CAP utilizes the Special Observance List used by the DOD/USAF.  This list can be found at: https://www.deomi.org/human-relations/special-observances.cfm.

CAP’s observances should feature historical aviation pioneers, current and former CAP members, and others who are associated with CAP, its history, or its missions. In addition to the special observances, every opportunity should be taken to recognize any member for their unique and noteworthy achievement, contribution or talent.

Diversity and inclusion events and observances calendar for July-Sept 2021


 French American Heritage Month

 2 July – Birthday of Thurgood Marshall, first Black US Supreme Court Justice

9 July – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i Faith)

18 July – International Nelson Mandela Day

26 July – National Disability Independence Day


National Civility Month

9 August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

19 August – World Humanitarian Day

26 August – Women’s Equality Day


 Hispanic Heritage Month and National Guide Dog Month

7 Sept – Rosh Hashana begins (Jewish)

16 Sept – Yom Kippur begins at sundown 15 Sept (Jewish)

16 Sept – Mexican Independence Day

21 Sept – International Day of Peace

Civil Air Patrol Policy on Nondiscrimination (per CAPR 36-1 dated 22 August 2008, revised 26 January 2009):

It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no member shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any CAP program or activity on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap). It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no applicant meeting CAP’s minimum age requirement will be denied membership in CAP on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, or disability (formerly handicap).

Regarding Complaints Under the Civil Air Patrol Nondiscrimination Policy (per CAPR 36-2 dated 22 August 2008):

This regulation assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for addressing alleged violations, involving CAP members, of Civil Air Patrol’s Nondiscrimination Policy as specified in the Civil Air Patrol Constitution. This Program implements provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88-352), Title III of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (PL 94-135), Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5500.11, Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs, DOD Directive 1020.1, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of Defense, and Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2707, Nondiscrimination in Programs and Activities Assisted or Conducted by the Department of the Air Force.

If you have any questions regarding CAP Diversity, please feel free to contact:

WAWG Diversity Officer:

Maj Thomas A. Hoffer

Email: thomas.hoffer@wawg.cap.gov

Phone: (360)705-3709

WAWG Asst. Diversity Officer:

(Currently Vacant)


Last page update 1 July 2021 @ 2100