An AEM is a special category of CAP membership that entitles educators to access products and programs designed especially for teaching aerospace/STEM Education and integrating this fascinating subject into the curriculum.
Any Pre-K through college teacher, retired teacher, administrator, counselor, librarian, Boy or Girl Scout leader, homeschool teacher, youth camp director or leader, museum educator or director, student teachers, aides, college education students, or other person interested in promoting aerospace/STEM education may join as a teacher member.
As an AEM, you will determine how to best utilize the many CAP aerospace/STEM education materials, programs, and products with your student(s) as you promote aerospace/STEM education. If a teacher wants to become more involved, there are many opportunities to attend workshops, to do a special activity with cadets or other community youth, and/or to assist in the development of new curriculum.
A teacher member is not required to attend meetings or to give any time to CAP outside of the time the teacher incorporates aerospace/STEM education programs and materials in the classroom. If a local CAP squadron requests that a teacher come and assist in teaching an AE lesson to the senior (adult) members or cadets, the teacher can determine if and when this is done.
As the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Civil Air Patrol members are given access to entry on military bases. For teachers, this means that there is easy entrance onto the base when being given an orientation airplane in the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flights. Social security numbers are needed for entry onto military bases and to fly on the CAP aircraft.
Teacher members do not have to submit fingerprints with applications for membership. If the teacher ever decides to become a CAP senior member, who wears a uniform, attends unit meetings, works with the cadets on a regular basis, and earns rank in CAP, the full application process, to include submission of fingerprints for security clearance checks, will be required.
Teacher members do not advance and earn promotions as the senior members and cadets do. If a teacher member decides he/she wants to begin in the promotion and the advancement program, he/she would need to join as a senior member.
CAP's organizational structure begins at the grass roots level, at a local unit, called a "squadron." The "wing" is the state organizational unit which builds into the region and then the national organizational unit.
There are numerous categories of membership. Senior members are adult members (ages 18 and up). Aerospace Education Members (AEMs) are one category of senior membership. These educators use CAP's aerospace/STEM education material with their students as they wish. AEMs do not wear a CAP uniform, are not members of a CAP squadron, and cannot achieve rank. .
After submitting the online membership form, you should receive an immediate email confirmation with your 6-digit CAP ID number. In about 2 weeks, you should receive a membership card and your box of AE materials.