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Join CAP

Ready to join CAP as an active adult or youth member?  Here’s how to get started. 
 
If you are interested in an Aerospace Education Membership, please click here.

If you are interested in a National Patron Membership, please click here.

Step 1.  Find a local CAP squadron

All active CAP members join through a local squadron.  You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state in the online unit locator found on the home page. 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 join if their primary interest is working with the cadets.

COMPOSITE
Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program. 

GROUP
A Group is an administrative unit and does not usually accept new CAP members.


Step 2.  Contact the squadron 

Call and/or email the unit 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.  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, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.


Step 3. Visit 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. 

 

Step 4. Membership Application

The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), inform you of the amount of annual dues, and if they require any squadron dues.   Cadets can now apply online - ask your squadron for more information.

Download the membership applications here:  SENIOR            CADET

Annual membership dues vary by state.  You can view the membership dues table here.  Incorrect dues will delay the processing of your membership.

Applications without the squadrons commander's signature will not be processed.  
 
 
Step 5. Send in your application 
 

Cadet Applications
Submit Online, by Fax or Mail 
  Online    
Your squadron commander can provide information about completing your membership application online. 
 
  Fax  
 

You can fax applications to 334-953-7771.  Please include a cover sheet with credit card information to process the application.  The necessary information includes:
  • Type of Card - Visa, MasterCard or Discover
  • Card Number
  • Expiration Date
  • 3 Digit Security Code on the Back of the Card
  • Name on Card 
Mail
 

Checks made payable to Civil Air Patrol or money orders are accepted for dues payment.   You can mail your completed application and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP
105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112

 Expedited Mail
If you would like to expedite the mailing of your application, we strongly recommend sending it via FedEx or UPS.  Both services deliver directly to NHQ.  

All USPS mail must be routed and sorted through the base post office before CAP receives it.  Priority USPS can be delayed several days while it is routed through the base.  
 

 

Senior Applications
Submit by Mail 
 
Mail
Checks made payable to Civil Air Patrol or money orders are accepted for dues payment.   You can mail your completed application, fingerprint cards and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP
105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112
 Expedited Mail
If you would like to expedite the mailing of your application, we strongly recommend sending it via FedEx or UPS.  Both services deliver directly to NHQ.  

All USPS mail must be routed and sorted through the base post office before CAP receives it.  Priority USPS can be delayed several days while it is routed through the base.  


Once CAP receives your application package, it is date stamped and processed in order by the date it arrived.  Applications are usually processed the next business day after arriving at National Headquarters. 

The member will receive an automated welcome email when the membership is processed.