The best way to start is by attending a few meetings to learn more about CAP. This also allows you to get to know the current members and for them to get to know you. The meetings take place every Tuesday at the Reid-Hillview Airport (see the "Contact Us" page for driving directions).
To become a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol you MUST be at least 12 years old and you must be no older than 18.
For information on how to join, please email us on how to join.
You do not have to be a pilot! Many of the opportunities CAP has to offer do not require any knowledge of flying at all!
We have a place for you . . . cadet programs, aerospace education, emergency services, communications specialist, media relations, personnel, safety, and many more.
All applicants for Senior membership must:
Prospective officers are required to attend at least three squadron meetings before we process your membership application. This way, you have the chance to determine for yourself if CAP is a good fit for you before you pay the membership dues. During these first three meetings, you will be introduced to the other officers and the Membership Committee.
All prospective Senior Members must submit the following items to the Squadron 36 Personnel Officer before processing of the application can begin:
All prospective new members must be screened by the squadron membership board. Once the membership board approves you as a new member, then your application and FBI fingerprint card are sent to national headquarters for final processing, which includes an FBI background check. Assuming you pass the FBI background check, you should expect to receive your membership card in the mail three to four weeks after we send your application to national headquarters. You can still participate in squadron meetings while waiting for your membership card, but until your FBI background check comes back to us "clean," your interaction with the Squadron will be limited.
We recommend that you keep copies of ALL documents provided to CAP for your personnel files.
You will also need to provide two checks for dues. The first check, which covers the first year of dues for new members, should be made out to "NHQ, Civil Air Patrol " in the amount of $89.00 (for Senior Members, Cadets are $40.00). A second check, payable to "Civil Air Patrol" in the amount of $72.00, is for the first year of dues to the local unit. Squadron 44 operates on an October to September fiscal year, and the dues are prorated for members who joined in months other than October (see chart below).
|Cadet New or Renewal||$40|
|Senior Member New||$89|
|Senior Member Renewal||$79|
|National Patron New/Renew||$35|
|Cadet Sponsor New||$30|
|Cadet Sponsor Renew||$20|
|Squadron 36 Dues|
After completing all of the forms, meet with the Squadron Membership Committee which reviews your application. For more information about the membership screening process, you can review chapter 3 of Civil Air Patrol Regulation 39-2. If reviewed and approved, a temporary membership card will be issued by National Headquarters. You will receive this card through e-mail, and will receive your permanent card after the background check has been completed.
Every squadron has many jobs that need to be performed to make the squadron function. You will be expected to hold one of these jobs. For example, you might decide that you would like to train to be the Communications Officer, Finance Officer, Personnel Officer, Administrative Officer, Recruiting and Retention Officer, etc. The list of available positions is large (there are many more than are listed here). Don't worry if you don't have any experience with a job you might be interested in, we will train and mentor you to perform well in the job of your choosing. Visit this link, and scroll down to the publications P200 - P229 to see all of the available squadron jobs and what they entail.
Aside from your squadron job, you can also train and become qualified to perform emergency services missions as aircrew, ground team, or mission base staff. This is exciting, rewarding service, often performed directly on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. Ask us about it!
As a CAP volunteer, your rewards are not monetary, but they are as tangible as money in the bank. Nothing compares to the sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done, particularly if that job is saving lives or aiding communities. As a CAP member, you will be recognized as a vital member of a national team with a tremendous heritage of serving those in need - and doing it well. Advancement in Civil Air Patrol is clearly visible to your friends, family and business associates by the distinctive CAP uniforms with their military-style grade insignia, ribbons and badges. Some members choose to quietly serve and not wear a uniform.
Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education and a wide variety of leadership and technical training opportunities for all CAP members, including Air Force correspondence courses. Special training is also conducted for those participating in search and rescue as mission pilots, observers or ground team members. Communications training is highly specialized and presents unique opportunities to network with other communicators from around the country. These new skills, and the self-confidence that goes with them, make you even more valuable in the workplace and in other community activities.