How to Join

 

Becoming a Civil Air Patrol cadet is a simple process:

  1. Attend three squadron meetings.  These can be at the same squadron, or different squadrons.
  2. Meet with the Squadron Commander or the Deputy Commander for Cadets to discuss expectations and ask any questions that you or your parent/guardians have.  One or more of your parent/guardians must attend this discussion.  This can happen during any of your three visits.
  3. Show the Squadron Commander or Deputy Commander for Cadets your ID.  We need to see the same identification as the typical Federal I-9 employment verification:  A passport, or a combination of other photo ID and birth certificate or social security card (copies are acceptable).
  4. Submit the cadet membership application.  This can be done in paper copy, mailed with dues check to National Headquarters, or online with a credit card payment (recommended).  The Squadron Commander or Deputy Commander for Cadets can provide the link to online application, or the paper version.

Online applications can be submitted before, during, or after the third meeting.  Paper applications can only be signed by the Squadron Commander after the third meeting.

Becoming a Civil Air Patrol Senior Member is a simple process:

  1. Attend three squadron meetings.  These can be at the same squadron, or different squadrons.
  2. Meet with the Membership Committee to assess your interests and discuss what roles you might play in the squadron.
  3. Fill out the paper copy application form and fingerprint card.  Prepare a check for national dues (currently $65/yr).
  4. Show the Squadron Commander your ID.  We need to see the same identification as the typical Federal I-9 employment verification:  A passport, or a combination of other photo ID and birth certificate or social security card (copies are acceptable).
  5. Get Squadron Commander’s signature on your application, and then mail the application form, fingerprint card, and dues check to CAP National Headquarters.