Civil Air Patrol

How to Join

Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron
The first step in joining Civil Air Patrol is to find your local squadron. You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state in the online unit locator.

The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership.

Types of Squadrons:

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

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 squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program.

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. Attend at least 3 Weekly Meetings
The best way to learn more about CAP is to attend a meeting.  Youth should visit a meeting with their parents.  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. Typically you will attend three meetings before completing your membership application.

Step 4. Join
You have visited 3 meetings and now want to join, you are hooked and ready to dive in head first!  See the below information about how to apply for membership:

Cadet- Apply online at this link. (Do not use this application until you have attended at least two meetings at a squadron and have spoken to the squadron commander about applying.) If you are joining Goldsboro Composite Squadron, put NC in the wing question field and 126 in the unit question field.  Ensure all information you enter is correct before submitting or you will have trouble logging in after you become a member.  Once you have applied bring your proof of US citizenship to the next meeting so we can verify who you are and approve your application. Alternatively, you can apply in-person at a meeting.

Senior- CAP has not come up with a way to digitally submit your application yet.  You will need to complete a CAPF 12, print it, and bring it to your third meeting to join.  You must also print and complete an FBI fingerprint card that will be submitted with your application.  All Senior members undergo an FBI background check as we work with cadets and work on Air Force missions.  Your squadron should also have some hard copies of the fingerprint card available pre filled for CAP.

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