Youth aged 12-19 can become cadets in the Civil Air Patrol. Cadets meet for about 2.5 hours each Thursday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.
To become a cadet, prospective youth will attend three meetings before they can become an official cadet member. During this three week period, the prospective cadet will be immersed and introduced into cadet life. Typically, the majority of the paperwork and administrative work will be done during this three week period.
Cadets have the opportunity to fly on free orientation flights, attend leadership encampments, and participate in National Cadet Special Activities. For more information relating to cadet activities, visit here.
Parents are encouraged to read the Parents Guide to The Cadet Program pamphlet. Prospective cadets will receive a New Cadet Guide upon completion of the three week trial period and successful membership registration. Note: All registration information will be provided during the three week trial period.
Steps to Join
Contact the squadron and arrange to visit a meeting with your parents.
Attend at least three weekly meetings.
Complete the Membership Application.
The local CAP squadron will give you a membership application or provide you with the information on how to apply online.
Annual membership dues vary by state.