Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact, less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.
In emergency services and operations CAP not only need aircrew members, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.
Adults are needed to support the cadet program. CAP has over 23,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them.
CAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country.
There are three membership options for adults:
Senior Members - As a Senior Member in Civil Air Patrol you will be able to participate in any of the three missions, wear the Air Force-style uniform and promote through the ranks as your skills and experience build. In addition to mission support, Senior Members participate in weekly meeting and can be assigned a "Specialty Track" to assist in the day-to-day operation at the squadron level.
Cadet Sponsor Member - Parent sponsor, you'll be able to help chaperone the kids, ride or drive in the CAP vehicles and otherwise help the other adult volunteer members.You will not be required to wear the Air Force-style uniform.
Aerospace Educator - Enjoy many free aerospace/STEM educational opportunities ranging from receipt of a variety of curriculum materials and STEM Kits to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft at your local airport. This unique membership category is designed for formal or informal educators involved in promoting aerospace/STEM education in classrooms, home schools, museums, libraries, or other youth organizations.
Our Senior meetings takes place Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm. You will need to visit three meetings before applying to become a member. See our Cadet page if you have kids ages 12-18 interested in CAP.