You will be joining a Squadron, not the Group itself.
Before joining, look at:
which of our squadrons is most convenient geographically, and
which has a focus most-closely aligned with your interests.
How to get started
Step 1. Find the squadron(s) nearest you
Enter your zip code and/or city and state in the field in the upper left corner
Step 2. Contact the squadron
The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership
Call or email the contact person listed in our Directory and confirm the meeting date, time, and location.
** DUE TO COVID, all squadron meetings are online until further notice. **
Please keep in mind that the phone numbers and email addresses listed are 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 have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us for assistance.
Step 3. Visit several squadron meetings.
The best way to learn more about what you can do in CAP is to attend some meetings. 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 will provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), and make sure you know the correct amount of the dues you need to pay.
Membership dues vary by state. Before sending in your application, confirm the amount. An incorrect amount will delay the processing of your membership.
Step 5. Mail your completed application, fingerprint card (for adult members), and check for dues payable to:
Civil Air Patrol
105 S. Hansell St, Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
NOTE: Applications without the squadron commander's signature will not be processed.
Types of Civil Air Patrol Squadrons
Squadrons are operational units. They are "hands-on" in running Civil Air Patrol (CAP) missions: Aerospace, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.
CADET – Cadet squadrons are dedicated to running youth programs. There are adults in these squadrons, but their sole purpose is to manage and supervise the youth programs.
Many parents choose to join so they can share in their children's activities, and support their squadrons.
COMPOSITE – Composite squadrons have both adults and cadets.
SENIOR – Senior squadrons have only adults (ages 18+). – There are no cadets in senior squadrons.
GROUPS and WINGS - Groups and Wings are administrative units, not operational units like squadrons, and do not usually accept new members.
If you still have questions, we'll help you find the answers:
We look forward to speaking with you