BECOME A CIVIL AIR PATROL SENIOR MEMBER
Are you interested in helping your community through developing the future leaders of America, providing assistance in a time of emergency, or fostering an appreciation of aerospace? Is so, then the Civil Air Patrol might be for you! Civil Air Patrol Senior Members come from all walks of life, ranging from members of the Armed Forces and Retirees to Pilots, Medical Professionals, Business Professionals, Architects, Clergy, Lawyers, Teachers, Mechanics, and everything in between. CAP draws from a diverse group of enthusiastic service minded professional volunteers who contribute their own unique skills and talents in a variety of fields to create a successful cohesive team - the civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. We always welcome new members to join our team, so if you're ready for the commitment, we're ready to assist you!
Civil Air Patrol Members are in no way obligated to serve in any branch of the military. If you decide CAP membership is something you wish to pursue, here is how you can begin:
Are you eligible for Membership?
The following are the basic criteria that all potential CAP Senior Members must meet in order to join (CAP does not discriminate based on disability, gender, race, or religion):
Select a date to come learn about Civil Air Patrol membership.
Pick any Monday night, except holidays.
Reserve your date by emailing our Recruiting Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than three days prior to the date you plan on attending.
Include the date you plan on attending, your first and last name, your age, and the first and last names of anyone coming with you. This information is required to grant you clearance onto the base. Be sure that the person driving has a valid state Driver's License, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance card with them.
Come learn about the Civil Air Patrol.
Meet with us on your reserved date at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. The exact location depends on which week you attend, and that information can be found here. We will discuss the many opportunities and benefits that come with Civil Air Patrol membership, and outline items such as costs and training opportunities. We will also go over the different Senior Member categories you can join as, which are:
If you decide that you want to continue, you can begin your training the next Monday night. You will not have to make a final decision on joining until your third week of attendance. During this time you will not be able to work directly with cadets until you complete Cadet Protection Policy Training after you join.
Apply for Membership.
Complete your membership application, including FBI fingerprint card, and get the package signed by the Squadron Commander. After the FBI completes their background check and your membership is processed, you will officially be a part of the Civil Air Patrol. Welcome to the team!
Complete Level 1 Training.
This includes Cadet Protection Policy Training (CPPT) and the Orientation Course. The CPPT portion can be administered during the meetings, but the Orientation Course will take approximately 8 hours of classroom and hands-on training which will occur over a weekend scheduled between you and the instructors. This training is critical to your future success as a CAP Senior Member, and we have found that this mutual time investment produces the best results in the long run. After Level 1 is complete, you will then be able to fully participate as a Member.
Choose a Specialty Track.
You will meet with the Squadron Commander and, depending upon your interests, qualifications, and the squadron's needs, be enrolled in a specialty track. This is the course of Professional Development you will primarily participate in. Below is a list of specialty tracks available to Senior Members.
Continue your training.
As with most things in life, there is no final step to your development. Senior Members are constantly training to improve themselves, the organization, and our community as a whole. Where you go from here is up to you, and in the Civil Air Patrol, the sky is definitely not the limit.