Types of Membership


Cadet membership in CAP is available to all young men and women who meet the eligibility requirements. The initial eligibility requirements are:

1. Being between the ages of 12 years of age through 18 years of age. Cadets may serve until their 21 st birthday.

2. Enrolled in or graduated from a private, public, home school, or college program with a satisfactory record of academic achievement.

3. Single, or married and under the age of 18 years.

4. Not a member of the active duty Armed Forces.

5. Be a citizen of the United States of America or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States of America and its territories and possessions or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the United States specifically approved by the National Commander’s designee (NHQ CAP/MDV).

6. Good moral character.

7. If a cadet was a former member of CAP, they must not have been terminated for

8. Be accepted by the unit headquarters and higher headquarters.



Senior membership in CAP is a privilege for those individuals who are 18 years of age or older and conscientiously desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP and who meet the eligibility requirements. See CAPR 39-2 for specific eligibility requirements for senior member enrollment. The following describes the basic senior member categories:

  1. An active senior member regularly attends meetings, performs a specific duty assignment, meets training requirements, and participates in the activities of his or her unit.
  2. A patron member is a financial supporter and who maintains current membership through payment of annual membership dues and participates in a limited capacity.
  3. A retired member is a member in good standing with a minimum of 20 years service as a senior member, not necessarily continuous, who has submitted a CAPF 2a requesting his or her status be changed to that of retired.