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Cadet Members - How to Join Civil Air Patrol

Cadet Prospects Must:

  • Be twelve years of age through 18 years of age, (to sign up as a cadet, you must sign up prior to your 18th birthday, however you can remain in cadet status until your 21st birthday)

  • Be enrolled in or graduated from a private, public, home school or college program with a satisfactory record of academic achievement,

  • Be single, or married and under age 18,

  • Not be a member of the Active Duty Armed Forces

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence,

  • Be of good moral character.

To Apply, Cadet Prospects Must:

  • Participate in a trial period by attending three (3) Squadron meetings before requesting membership,

    • Cadets and their Parents are invited to attend a Squadron Open House or visit a MONDAY Meeting.

    • Complete a total of 3 Squadron Visits (attending an Open House counts as one). This allows Prospective Cadets and their Parents the opportunity to get a good feel for what the program has to offer, what the expectations are for cadet participation, and to have any questions answered.

    • Express your interest in joining and request a Membership Board from the Deputy Commander for Cadets. A Membership Board allows both the Prospective Cadet and their Parents, and Squadron Leadership to discuss the details of membership before officially applying for membership.

  • Be approved by the Unit Membership Board (IAW CAPR 39-2, para 1.5.).

*NOTE: A parent or guardian must remain with a Prospective Cadet during Squadron visits. Once your child has established active membership with CAP, it is no longer necessary for a parent or guardian to be present. However, we always encourage parents / guardians to attend and get involved in Squadron activities.

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