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Senior Membership

Senior membership in CAP is a privilege for those individuals who are 18 years of age or older and conscientiously desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP and who meet the eligibility requirements. See CAPR 39-2 for specific eligibility requirements for senior member enrollment. The following describes the basic senior member categories:

  1. An active senior member regularly attends meetings, performs a specific duty assignment, meets training requirements, and participates in the activities of his or her unit.
  2. A patron member is a financial supporter who maintains current membership through payment of annual membership dues and participates in a limited capacity.
  3. A retired member is a member in good standing with a minimum of 20 years of service as a senior member, not necessarily continuous, who has submitted a CAPF 2a requesting his or her status be changed to that of retired.

Cadet Sponsor Membership

Cadet Sponsor Member (CSM) is a membership category established to allow parents, grandparents, and guardians of current CAP cadets to assist their unit's cadet program by providing adult supervision, transportation, overnight chaperons, and any other cadet-related tasks deemed necessary and proper by the unit commander. CSMs must complete all portions of Level I Training before participating in any activities. These members are a good source of manpower to small units. It is also a good way to get a parent involved before becoming an active member.

Steps to Senior Membership

  1. Fill out and print the membership application
  2. Complete fingerprint card
  3. Write a check for membership fees
  4. Show Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and Government Issue Photo ID to the Squadron Commander

Please type out the membership application. Have documents ready to review and a check for membership fees. Cadet sponsors fees are $45, and regular senior membership is $82.


Once you join as a member, you will have some online training to complete. Level 1 is required for active members. All members are required to complete monthly and annual safety. If you are absent during monthly safety training, you will go online to complete one course to stay current.

Civil Air Patrol is an organization that wears uniforms. Uniforms are not optional. Uniform information

Cadet Officer to Senior Member


Things to check on when I meet with the Personnel Officer?

  • Has my CAPF 12 marked "Cadet to Senior" and fingerprint card been sent to NHQ?
  • Do I need to pay dues as a senior or a cadet?
  • Might I be eligible for an advanced promotion based on my cadet service?
  • What ribbons that I earned as a cadet can be worn as a senior?
  • Do I need to email CAP/DP at for specialty track or Yeager or advanced grade credit?
  • What documents do I need to include?
  • What duty positions might be of interest to me and help me with my career or work?
  • What positions does the unit need to be filled?

Things to check on when I meet with the Education and Training Officer

  • What advanced credit in the Education and Training program might I be eligible for?
  • How much of Level I do I need to complete as a former cadet?
  • What Specialty Tracks am I interested in?
  • With unit approval of my specialty track, has that enrolment been recorded in my online record?
  • Have I downloaded my specialty track study guide from the http://www.capmembers.comw website?
  • What training that I completed in the Cadet Program can be carried over into the Senior Program?
  • What credits translate for Cadet Officers: Mitchell, Earhart, Eaker, Spaatz?
  • Has completion of the above training been recorded in my online file?
  • Does the unit have a mentor for me, or should I request one through the Mentoring Program?

Once again, THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you join Squadron 144.

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