Interested in Joining CAP?
For Adults (Ages 18 and up)
Contact Capt Charlene Fulton
For Youth (Ages 12-20)
categories of membership include Active, Patron, Cadet, Aerospace Education
Member and Cadet Sponsor. Qualifications for all are listed below.
CAP cadet membership is open to young people 12
years through 18 years old. A cadet can remain in the program until age 21. The
cadet program provides opportunities to develop leadership skills using the
member's interest in aviation. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of
aviation and aerospace activities at the local, regional and national levels.
CAP national activities focus on a variety of aviation, aerospace, search and
rescue, and pararescue courses. CAP cadets can compete for scholarships to help
further their education. CAP is proud to report that 10 percent of Air Force
Academy appointees are former CAP cadets. In addition, both West Point and
Annapolis admit many CAP cadets each year.
CAP senior membership is open to adults 18 years
old or older. Adult membership provides opportunities to serve in many ways:
in search and rescue
federal agencies when disaster strikes
with youth through cadet programs
CAP's communications network—the most extensive in the nation
federal agencies in the war on drugs
To prepare CAP adult members for CAP's special
missions, extensive training and education in more than 20 different fields is
provided. Technical training is offered to members in related areas, such as
flight operations, emergency services and communications. Additional training in
management and executive leadership is available as a member progresses.
A member, who regularly attends meetings,
performs a specific duty assignment (see specialty tracks), meets training
requirements, and participates in the activities of his or her unit. An active
member may wear the CAP uniform and compete for grade advancement.
A patron member is a financial supporter who
maintains current membership through payment of annual membership dues and
participates in a limited capacity.
Cadet Sponsor Members
Cadet Sponsor is a special membership category
that allows parents, grandparents, and legal guardians to participate with their
cadets. Cadet sponsors serve as chaperons, provide transportation, and supervise
cadets during squadron activities. Cadet sponsors are offered discounted
membership dues and have a limited volunteer commitment.
Aerospace Education Member
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 purposes of CAP, but who do not desire to participate in the active
membership program. There are two subcategories of Aerospace Education
membership: Student Aerospace Education Members and Organization Aerospace
Education members. Organizational membership is open to any company, school
system, or other organization that wishes to support the CAP aerospace education
program. Individuals associated with the organization do not have any of the
individual rights of membership. Student AEM membership is available for college
students majoring in education or an aerospace related field of study.
Individuals may only continue in this subcategory until they receive their
undergraduate degree. CAP Aerospace Education members (AEMs) receive more than
33 free educational products for grades K through 12. AEMs are also provided
additional materials such as lesson plans, teaching strategies and techniques,
and a newsletter. CAP sponsors the National Conference on Aviation and Space
Education (NCASE), an annual gathering of educators dedicated to furthering
aerospace education. Recognized as the premier educational symposium of its kind
in the nation, NCASE is held in a different part of the country each year.
Aerospace Education members will receive a CAP ID card, Civil Air Patrol News,
and are authorized military airlift (if available) for approved aerospace
education projects and activities when official CAP transportation
authorizations are provided.