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Membership Types

Senior membership in CAP is a privilege for those individuals who are 18 years of age or older and conscientiously desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP and who meet the eligibility requirements. CAPR 39-2 contains the specific eligibility requirements for senior member enrollment. An active senior member regularly attends meetings, performs a specific duty assignment, meets training requirements, and participates in the activities of his or her unit. Prior to applying for membership prospective members must attend at least one meeting and express their intent to join to the command staff. The following CAP National Headquarters page will provide you with the application form which will need to be completed and submitted to the local squadron. https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/join/active-adult-in-cap/active-adult

 

Cadet Sponsor Member (CSM) is a membership category established to allow parents, grandparents and guardians of current CAP cadets to assist their unit's cadet program by providing adult supervision, transportation, overnight chaperons, and any other cadet related tasks deemed necessary and proper by the unit commander. CSMs must complete all portions of Level I Training before participating in any activities. These members are a good source of manpower to small units. It is also a good way to get a parent involved before becoming an active member. Prior to applying for membership prospective members must attend at least one meeting and express their intent to join to the command staff. The following CAP National Headquarters page will provide you with the application form which will need to be completed and submitted to the local squadron. https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/join/active-adult-in-cap/active-adult This is the same application that Senior Members complete, but are marked with CSM prior to submission to NHQ.

 

Aerospace education (AE) membership is a special category of membership for members of the educational community and any reputable individual or organization, that has a desire to promote the objectives and purpose of CAP, but who does not desire to participate in the active membership program. Typically these members are teachers that help with the external AE mission. They can help with the internal mission. It is also a good way to get them involved before they become active members.

Why join Civil Air Patrol?

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.

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.   

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