If you're interested in working for a nonprofit organization that really makes a difference, consider the opportunities at Civil Air Patrol.
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. Mechanics, cooks, teachers, police officers, clergy, parents, 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 that you may not know about.
In emergency services and operations we 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 26,000 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 corporate executives, 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 the how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.
Essentially, there is a place for any interested adult to join and help CAP.
Ready to join the Royal Charter Composite Squadron as an active adult? Here’s how to get started.
If you are interested in an Aerospace Education Membership, please click here.
If you are interested in a National Patron Membership, please click here.
All active CAP members join through a local squadron. The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership (examples: What would I do in CAP? How often do you have extra activities? How quickly can I become a CAP Pilot?)
Type of Squadron
Royal Charter is a Composite Squadron.
Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program.
Step 2. Contact our squadron
Come Check us out!!
Visit us on a Friday evening 6:30pm to 9pm
If you have a contact person, please call and/or email them and confirm the meeting date, time and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility. Please keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member. All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond. If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.
Step 3. Visit a meeting
The best way to learn more about what you can do in CAP is to attend a meeting. You’ll have a chance to see how meetings are run and what types of activities are available. You should visit all the squadrons that are convenient to you. Each squadron has a different leadership, culture and volunteer opportunities. Find the squadron that best fits your needs.
Step 4. Membership Application Process
The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), inform you of the amount of annual dues, and if they require any squadron dues.
You can also download the membership applications here: SENIOR
Annual membership dues vary by state. You can view the membership dues table here. Make sure you check the dues before sending in your application. Incorrect dues amount will delay the processing of your membership.
NOTE: Applications without the squadrons commander's signature will not be processed.
Step 5. Mail your completed application, fingerprint card (for adult members) and annual dues (made out to Civil Air Patrol) to:
Civil Air Patrol
105 S. Hansell St Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Once you become a member, get started with the Senior Great Start Program and ask to be put on the Royal Charter Senior email list. You will receive emails regarding upcoming events, special activities, cadet activities, Connecticut wing based search and rescue training exercise dates and much more!
Please download and print out the Great Start Booklet for Adults. It wil help you progress through the begining steps of the program. Be sure to keep if filled out regularly with dates of completed tasks of your personal achievements with in CAP.
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