Support Youth Programs

CAP's all-volunteer ranks are always in need of more support from adults, or 'Senior Members.' These dedicated volunteers have diverse backgrounds and interests, and most have no military experience. These adults usually have at least one of three things in common: they were Cadets when they were younger, they are the family of someone who is or was a Cadet, or they are a pilot/lend another mission-critical skill to the organization. Having great adult support is what enables a group of young men and women to do extraordinary things!

There are several ways that adults can get involved:

Senior Membership

Senior Members enroll in a professional development program, wear full Air Force-style uniforms (optional, but encouraged during Squadron meetings), progress in the CAP grade structure, can hold duty positions at any level, and can participate in operational and flight functions.

Cadet Sponsor Membership

Cadet Sponsor Membership provides parents with a great opportunity to help out their local cadet program. 

Cadet Sponsor Members chaperone and drive during Cadet activities and help organize unit social functions. They don't wear Air Force-style uniforms, advance through the CAP grade structure, hold unit duty positions, or participate in operational or flight functions. You must be a parent, guardian, or grandparent of a Cadet in order to be a cadet sponsor member.

Share Your Experience

In addition to volunteering to support the Cadet Programs, there are several particular skill sets that we're always on the lookout for:

Fly With Us

Civil Air Patrol has the world's largest private fleet of single-engine aircraft, and as an organization, we want to see them utilized. On most types of missions, including flying Cadets on orientation flights, the hours and fuel are funded by CAP, the US Air Force, or another client organization. Pilots may also use CAP aircraft for approved proficiency flying, with a reasonable cost-per-hour and fuel cost. Good pilots who earn CAP qualifications will find themselves with plenty of flying to do!