Getting Involved in Civil Air Patrol (CAP)... for Adults (18+ years old)
Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adult members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact, less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP Senior Members come from all walks of life... teachers, medical professionals, accountants, lawyers, software engineers... we have members from all backgrounds! There are no education or experience requirements necessary for CAP membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life... no need to be a pilot (or even desire to!), nor is there a need to be current/prior military (or even have knowledge of the military!).
CAP also needs adults to support our youth cadet program. CAP has over 23,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them.
Find our more about becoming a Senior Member here.
Getting Involved in Civil Air Patrol (CAP)... for Youth (12-18 years old)
The CAP Cadet Program is a structured, year-round program where cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you. Our Cadet Program is immersive and hands on. You won't just learn about aviation and leadership in books... you will get to actually get up in the air as well as lead, train, and mentor fellow Cadets. CAP Cadets also have the unique opportunity to support our emergency services mission when our state and community calls upon us in times of need. Cadets of all ages are eligible to train to support search and rescue, disaster response, and much more.
Find our more about becoming a Cadet here.