Joining CAP – Cadet Members

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.

You can download a CAP Cadet Membership Form in PDF format.


Joining CAP – Senior Members

All applicants for Senior membership must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives of the 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. United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.
  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.