How to Join

Ready to join CAP as an active adult or youth member? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1. Visit gocivilairpatrol.com.  All active CAP members join through a local squadron. You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state on our online unit locator at govivilairpatrol.com. 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 number or email available is often the personal contact 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 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 different leadership, culture and volunteer opportunities. Find the squadron that best fits your needs.

Step 4. Membership Application Process. The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults) and inform you of the amount of dues. You can also download the membership applications here:

SENIOR       CADET

Membership dues vary by state and you can view our membership dues table here. Make sure you check the dues before sending in your application. Incorrect dues amount will delay the processing of your membership.

NOTE: Applications without the squadrons commander’s signature will not be processed.

Step 5. Mail your completed application, fingerprint card (for adult members) and dues (made out to Civil Air Patrol) to:

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.
 
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.
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.