Interested in Joining?
We are always looking for new Cadets (teens) and new Senior Members (adults). This page gives you more information about joining. Please come visit us on a Tuesday night and see where your skills and expertise would fit our squadron.
FAQs for Teens
How do I Join?
Cadets must be at least 12 years old and attend three meetings before they will be considered for membership. At least one parent must also attend the meetings. This will give you the opportunity to observe the variety of classes and activities in the program. If you have not already done so, please visit the Public Website at www.gocivilairpatrol.com. You will find a great deal of information there. Teens can go to 'Teens' in the left column. Parents can click on the 'Parent' icon in the same column. You can also visit our squadron website at sq36.cawgcap.org.
Am I expected to join the military?
No, you do not have to join the military, but many choose to do so. Cadets who earn the Billy Mitchell Award may enter the Air Force at an advanced grade (E-3) if they choose to enlist. The service academies and ROTC also look favorably on CAP experience. Approximately 10% of the USAF Academy cadet corps got their start in CAP. But no matter what career you choose, the skills you learn in CAP will be invaluable.
How much does it cost for membership?
National dues for cadets in California are $40.00. Squadron 36 dues are $36 per family. Cadets receive their first blue Air Force style uniform at no cost and will receive a new member kit with learning materials. Additional activities may have fees to cover lodging and meals.
How much time will I have to give each week?
To get the most out of the cadet program you should participate regularly. Like any other activity, you’ll get out of CAP only what you put into it. Squadron 36 meets every Tuesday from 7-9:30, and on Saturday per month. There are also specical activities throughout the year that cadets can particpate in.
Can I learn how to fly?
You will have the opportunity to fly in a CAP plane and possibly a military aircraft. CAP doesn’t teach you to fly, but you can compete for scholarships that will help pay for your pilot’s license. There is also the opportunity to rent our plane at a low cost with one of our Certified Flight Instructors for very inexpensive flight instruction.
Does CAP offer any scholarships?
Can I join if I have a medical condition or disability?
Civil Air Patrol does not preclude membership due to medical conditions or disabilities. However, participation in certain activities may be limited depending on the condition, illness or disability.
I want to join! Now what?
Come visit us on a Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it first so come see what we are all about.