This page will explain important information about participation in the program and what things you can expect moving forward. If you have any questions, please use the “Contact Us” info at the bottom of the page to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you would prefer to volunteer in a less formal way, please visit our Parents, Family and Friends as CAP Volunteers page.

What Civil Air Patrol Can Do For You

Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adult members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact, less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals, law enforcement and other first responders who share their skills with those who are training and working with CAP in Emergency Services. Others are moms, dads, lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives that help us run an organized and efficient program. We have people with hobbies and interests in areas such as STEM, communications, drones, search and rescue, fitness, leadership, drill and ceremonies, military customs and courtesies, photography, and information technology that volunteer to teach the next generation of citizens. Just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP Senior Member program. In fact, you can come with no experience at all, just a desire and interest in a particular field, because we have great training opportunities to help you learn new things and grow new skill sets. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.


In emergency services and operations CAP not only need aircrew members, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.


CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 23,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them.


CAP builds enthusiasm for aviation and space through its aerospace education programs. CAP’s cadets and adult members learn about aviation history and the scientific principles that make flight possible. Conferences, textbooks, websites, and activity guides are available to CAP members. The public benefits from CAP’s aerospace education programs as well, since CAP provides educators at all grade levels with resources to incorporate aviation, space, and technology themes into their school curriculum. This is particularly important to the Air Force and Department of Defense because CAP’s initiatives support DoD’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education initiative.


As the official United States Air Force Auxiliary, CAP has unique relationships with the Sister Services within Department of Defense and Homeland Security. These connections open up opportunities to train with the uniformed services and local, regional and national law enforcement and emergency services organizations.


CAP’s Emergency Services (ES) function serves our nation’s communities and aids in our national defense. Did you know that the USAF is by statute responsible for coordinating search and rescue in the United States? We are a noncombat resource of the Air Force within the United States, assisting in the fulfillment of the Air Force’s mission of providing military support to civil authorities in times of need.

Best known for its members’ work in search and rescue and disaster relief missions, CAP expanded its role in the 21st century to include an increasing number of homeland security and counterdrug missions and is incorporating digital imaging technology into its life-saving work. CAP members undergo rigorous training to perform safe and cost -effective missions, serving as pilots, communicators, ground team members, and numerous other roles. For instance, shortly after 9/11, a CAP aircrew was the first to fly a civilian aircraft over Ground Zero, providing authorities with vital images of the fallen World Trade Center. CAP has flown hundreds of homeland security missions performing route surveys, conducting airborne reconnaissance of border and coastal areas and critical infrastructure, exercising Air Force air defense training support , providing communications support and damage assessment and performing other critical missions. Most importantly, CAP saves an average of 80 lives per year during its ES operations; and in most cases does so in its role as the USAF Auxiliary.

If we haven’t convinced you yet of all the fun you can have while learning valuable skills and serving your community, take a peek at our annual Water Survival Training at the U.S. Coast Guard ATC Training Facility.


And if that isn’t enough to get you to “jump on in,” take a moment to watch this Public Service Announcement about CAP.

If you’re not ready for full membership as a Senior Member, we ask that parents of cadets still consider becoming a Cadet Sponsor Member. Click on the link below to learn why this is so important in helping support your cadet and the entire Cadet Program.

Parents, Family and Friends as Volunteers

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More Info About Adult (Senior Member) Membership
Can Be Found At The Following National CAP Pages:

Adult Members National CAP Page

Adult (Senior Member) FAQs