Ready to join CAP as an active adult or youth member? Here’s how to get started.
If you need more general information about membership, please visit our homepage and select a membership option from the menu on the left.
Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron
All active CAP members join through a local squadron. You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state in the online unit locator found on the home page. The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership (examples: What would I do in CAP? How often do you have extra activities? How quickly can I become a CAP Pilot?)Types of Squadrons
Senior squadrons only have an adult program for senior members 18 years of age and older. Cadets are not accepted into senior squadrons.
Cadet squadrons only have a youth program for cadets. There are senior members in this program, but their purpose is to manage the youth program. Adults can join if their primary interest is working with the cadets.
Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program. Some squadrons are special school units. These units have a charter number that starts with an 8, like CA 801, and generally only students who attend the school can participate in that squadron.
A Group is an administrative unit and does not usually accept new CAP members.
Step 2. Contact the squadron
Call or email the contact person and confirm the meeting date, time and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility. Please keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member. All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond. If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.
Step 3. Visit a meeting
The best way to learn more about what you can do in CAP is to attend a meeting. You’ll have a chance to see how meetings are run and what types of activities are available. You should visit all the squadrons that are convenient to you. Each squadron has a different leadership, culture and volunteer opportunities. Find the squadron that best fits your needs.
Step 4. Membership Application Process
The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), inform you of the amount of annual dues, and if they require any squadron dues.
Download the membership applications here: SENIOR CADET
Annual membership dues vary by state. Make sure you check the dues before sending in your application. Incorrect dues will delay the processing of your membership.
NOTE: Applications without the squadrons commander's signature will not be processed.
Step 5. Submitted Application
Mail your completed application, fingerprint card (for adult members) and annual dues (made out to Civil Air Patrol) to:
Civil Air Patrol/DP
105 S. Hansell St Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Once CAP receives your application, it is date stamped and processed in order by the date it arrived. It usually takes around 2-3 business days for applications to be processed after they are received at National Headquarters.
You will receive a new member email when your membership is successfully processed.