Join CAP

Youth or "Cadet"

Please follow this process.

(1) Visit Your Local Squadron

Cadet life is an experience, so prospective cadets must visit their local squadron (virtually or in-person). After the second visit, prospective cadets may apply for membership online, and then local leaders may approve the application after the third visit. To apply for cadet membership online, you will need your unit's charter number, which is available only from your local leaders.

Returning / Lapsed Cadets: Please visit your squadron and reapply for membership using the hard copy CAPF 15. Unfortunately, we cannot reinstate lapsed cadets via this online process.

(2) Apply for Membership

To submit an application for cadet membership, visit the Online Cadet Membership Application page. Youth will need a parent or guardian at their side as they complete the online form and make payment via credit card. The squadron commander (or designee) may approve your application after you participate in your third squadron meeting.

(3) Look for a Welcome Email

Check your email for a note confirming your membership. If your squadron denies your membership application for some reason, you'll receive word via email and your credit card will be refunded.

Adult or "Senior Member"

Step 1

Contact the squadron and arrange to visit a meeting

Step 2

Attend a meeting

Step 3

Complete the Membership Application and FD 258 Fingerprint Card (available at your squadron).

Download the Senior Membership Application

Annual membership dues vary by state.

Click here for the membership dues table

Step 4

Submit your application, fingerprint card and dues through one of the following ways:


Checks (made payable to Civil Air Patrol) or money orders are accepted for dues payment.

If paying by credit card, include the information listed below to process the application. The required information includes:

  • Type of Card - Visa, MasterCard or Discover

  • Card Number

  • Expiration Date

  • 3 Digit Security Code on the Back of the Card

  • Name on Card

Mail your completed application, fingerprint card and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP

105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714

Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

Expedited Mail

FedEx and UPS are both delivered directly to the National Headquarters building. Priority Mail from the United States Postal Service may be delayed several days while it is routed through the Air Force base mail system.

When your application is received at National Headquarters, it is date stamped and processed in order by the date it arrived. You will receive an automated welcome email when the membership is processed.

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