Programs

READY TO JOIN CAP AS AN ACTIVE ADULT OR YOUTH MEMBER? HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED.

Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership (examples: What would I do in CAP? How often do you have extra activities? How quickly can I become a CAP Pilot?)

Types of Squadrons

SENIOR Senior squadrons only have an adult program for senior members 18 years of age and older. Cadets are not accepted into senior squadrons.

CADET Cadet squadrons only have a youth program for cadets. There are senior members in this program, but their purpose is to manage the youth program. Adults can join if their primary interest is working with the cadets.

COMPOSITE Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program. Some squadrons are special school units. These units have a charter number that starts with an 8, like CA 801, and generally only students who attend the school can participate in that squadron.

Step 2. Contact the squadron Call or email the contact person and confirm the meeting date, time and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility. Please keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member. If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.

Step 3. Visit a meeting The best way to learn more about what you can do in 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. Find the squadron that best fits your needs.

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