How to Join
Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron.
The first step in joining Civil Air Patrol is to find your local squadron. You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state in the online unit locator.
The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership.
Types of Squadrons:
Senior squadrons only have an adult program for senior members ( Those joining at or over the age of 18). Cadets can not be accepted into senior squadrons.
Cadet squadrons only have a youth program for cadets (Those joining between the age of 12 and not yet 18). There are senior members in this program, but their sole purpose is to manage the youth program. Adults may join if their primary interest is working with the cadets.
Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program.
Step 2. Contact the squadron.
Contact the unit contact (Information below) and confirm the meeting date, time and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility. 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, contact us through the Contact page for assistance.
Unit Contact: 1st Lt Richard Burton
Unit Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Unit Contact Phone: (269) 760-4600
Step 3. Attend a meeting
The best way to learn more about 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. Typically you will attend three meetings before completing your membership application.