Who Joins CAP

People who are:
looking for ways to make a difference in their community,
wanting to learn new skills and gain valuable experience,
seeking to mentor the next generation of citizens, and
dedicated to honoring and serving America.
If this sounds like you,
consider becoming a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is an awesome organization for youth and adults alike. It’s a great opportunity for teens (12+) and their parents, other family members and friends to volunteer and serve together.

TIME COMMITMENT:  We meet each Monday from 6:15pm to 8:45pm. Cadets and Senior Members assisting with the Cadet Program also participate in one Saturday activity per month. There are often offerings of additional training both locally and at State (Wing), Region and National levels for those interested in accelerating their training. As volunteers with the official United States Air Force Auxiliary, once a Cadet or Senior Member is “Mission Qualified,” they can volunteer to serve as part of real-world missions issued to us by the US Air Force via the CAP National Operations Center.


While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP’s Cadet Program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status (Mitchell Award) may enter enlisted military service as an E3 rather than an E1.

Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there’s a place for you in CAP’s cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.


In CAP, the Cadets don’t get to have all the fun.

Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults 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. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. 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.

Behind Every Successful Cadet
Stands Dedicated Senior Members
Helping To Transform Youth Into
Dynamic Americans and Aerospace Leaders

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 needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country. Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.


CAP can always use more adult volunteers. To find out more about how you can help your local Squadron, visit our Parents, Family and Friends as CAP Volunteers page.

For the National Civil Air Patrol New Member Pamplet, CLICK HERE.

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