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Joining CAP

There's a place in CAP for everyone. For cadets, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19. For senior members, you don't have to be a pilot or have any military experience. CAP needs teachers, lawyers, IT professionals, chaplains, marketing experts, human resources professionals, and more. Whatever your background or experience, there's a place for you in CAP.

  • For more information about becoming a member of Civil Air Patrol, visit the CAP national website to read frequently asked questions and learn about the requirements for membership.

  • Adults are asked to visit the squadron of their choice and attend three meetings before completing a membership application. If there is more than one squadron near you, it's a good idea to visit both since each squadron is a little different in terms of size and activities.

  • Youth age 12-18 usually complete an orientation class before becoming members. Check with the squadron of your choice for more information. Contact information is found in the national squadron locator

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