Senior Members

What is a Senior Member?

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 adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. 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.

CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 24,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets.  Senators and congressman, CEOs and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored 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.  Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.

Membership & Recruiting

If you are interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and our squadron the information outlined below will assist you in the application process. We recommend you visit our squadron and attend a meeting to get a first-hand view of what we do before joining, but this is optional. For more information on the Civil Air Patrol, visit the National Headquarters website.

Membership Application Forms

CAPF 12 Application for Senior Membership in Civil Air Patrol. Mail Completed application package to: National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol, ATTN: Membership Services, 105 South Hansell Street, Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6332
CAPF 15
Paper Application for Cadet Membership in Civil Air Patrol
Online Cadet Application (the recommended and more efficient way to apply)
Membership Dues & Fees

Contact our Deputy Commander for Seniors today!