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We have two types of membership – Cadet and Senior Member

Cadets

Cadets meet at 6:30 PM at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 3250 Jim Cristal Road, Denton, TX  76207

We ask that prospective members attend at least three squadron meetings (four for cadets) before we process your membership application.  This way, you have the chance to determine for yourself if CAP is a good fit for you before you pay the membership dues.  During these first three meetings, prospective Cadets will learn about the basics of CAP and will be allowed to participate as a member would. We encourage prospective Senior members to ask questions of the Senior leadership and begin the process of becoming a member of CAP after their 3rd meeting.

CAP Membership Requirements

All applicants for Cadet membership must:

  1. Be at least 12 years old and not yet 18.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (waivers available)
  3. Be willing to properly wear Air Force uniforms with CAP cadet insignia, including adhering to the Air Force’s standards for haircuts and shaving.

 

Seniors

Senior members (adults) meet at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 3250 Jim Cristal Road, Denton, TX  76207  7:00PM -9:00PM

All applicants for Senior membership must:

  1. possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of Civil Air Patrol;
  2. be at least 18 years old (unless an active duty members of the Armed Forces, who may join at any age);
  3. be a United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the US;
  4. have no felony conviction by any court of record whether federal, state, or military;
  5. have no pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), dishonesty, or violence;
  6. Former members of active duty military must have been discharged under honorable conditions.

 

General Information

As a CAP volunteer, your rewards are not monetary, but they are as tangible as money in the bank. Nothing compares to the sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done, particularly if that job is saving lives or aiding communities. As a CAP member, you will be recognized as a vital member of a national team with a tremendous heritage of serving those in need – and doing it well. Advancement in Civil Air Patrol is clearly visible to your friends, family and business associates by the distinctive CAP uniforms with their military-style grade insignia, ribbons and badges. Some members choose to quietly serve and not wear a uniform.

Training: Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education and a wide variety of leadership and technical training opportunities for all CAP members, including Air Force correspondence courses. Special training is also conducted for those participating in search and rescue as mission pilots, observers or ground team members. Communications training is highly specialized and presents unique opportunities to network with other communicators from around the country. These new skills, and the self-confidence that goes with them, make you even more valuable in the workplace and in other community activities.

Uniforms: Civil Air Patrol members are easily recognized in the community since they wear a variety of distinctive uniforms. Since CAP is the official US Air Force auxiliary, members are also authorized to wear the Air Force uniform with distinguishing CAP badges and insignia. Wearing Air Force blue is a tremendous way to publicly demonstrate support and affiliation with this branch of our Armed Forces.

Meetings and Conferences: CAP members gather regularly at meetings and conferences around the country. There is also a national conference held in a different city every year.

Tax Benefits: As a Federally chartered non-profit organization, Civil Air Patrol is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. This entitles members to claim various expenses as charitable contributions. These include

  1. membership dues;
  2. expenses for uniforms and training materials;
  3. out of pocket expenses while participating in CAP activities;
  4. mileage on personal vehicles;
  5. travel and living expenses while participating in CAP activities.