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How to Join

Step 1

Find a local CAP Cadet or Composite Squadron 

Step 2

Contact the squadron and arrange to visit a meeting with your parents. 

Step 3

Attend at least three weekly meetings.

Step 4

Complete the Membership Application  

The local CAP squadron will give you a membership application or provide you with the information on how to apply online. 

Download the Cadet Membership Application

Annual membership dues vary by state.

Click here for the membership dues table.

Step 5 

Submit your application through one of the following ways:


Ask your squadron commander if you are eligible to apply online.  Only new cadets can join online.  Former members have to submit a paper application.


Fax applications to 334-953-7771.  

Include credit card information to process the application. The required 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


Dues can be paid by check made payable to Civil Air Patrol or by money orders.   

Mail your completed application and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP

105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714

Maxwell AFB, AL  36112 

Expedited Mail 

FedEx and UPS are both delivered directly to the National Headquarters building.   Priority Mail from the United States Postal Service may be delayed several days while it is routed through the Air Force base mail system.  

When your application is received by Member Services at National Headquarters, it is date stamped and processed in order by the date it arrived.  The cadet will receive an automated welcome email when the membership is processed.    

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