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Membership Requirements

We have a place for you - pilot, mission observer or scanner, communications specialist, public affairs, personnel, safety, teaching cadets, training - and many more. More than likely, there is a unit near your home waiting for you to join.

Initial cadet membership

All applicants for cadet membership must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. 12 years old (or attending 6th grade) through 18 years old.
  2. Enrolled in or graduated from a public or private school or college with a satisfactory record of academic achievement.
  3. Not married.
  4. Not a member of the active duty Armed Forces.
  5. U.S citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
  6. Good moral character.

Initial senior membership

All applicants for senior membership must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of Civil Air Patrol.
  2. Must be at least 18 years old. Active duty members of the Armed Forces can join CAP as a senior member at any age.
  3. U.S. citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
  4. No felony conviction by any court of record whether federal, state, or military.
  5. No pattern of arrests and/or convictions, including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), dishonesty, and violence.
  6. If you were previously in the active duty military, you must have been discharged under honorable conditions.

You do not have to be a pilot to be a member of the Civil Air Patrol. If you want to serve, we have a mission for you!