Civil Air Patrol membership offers a lot of great benefits. Not the least is getting to meet some really fine people. And that's really the first step to joining CAP in San Diego area.


Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron

We recommend that you find a unit in your area, and drop in for a visit. Use our home page link to find a nearby squadron that serves your community. You might want to visit more than one unit, as individual squadrons tend to have their own personalities. For example, one cadet squadron might emphasize drill while another might focus on aerospace education. Each unit will tailor its program to meet the needs of the members as well as best utilize the resources available in terms of facilities and members.


Step 2. Contact the squadron

Call or email the contact person and confirm the meeting date, time, and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask questions you may have about membership eligibility. Please keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member. All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond. If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.


Step 3. Visit a meeting

The best way to learn more about what you can do in CAP is to attend a meeting. You'll have a chance to see how meetings are run and what types of activities are available. You should visit all the squadrons that are convenient to you. Each squadron has a different leadership, culture, and volunteer opportunities. Find the squadron that best fits your needs. 


Step 4. Membership application process

The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults), inform you of the amount of annual dues, and if they require any squadron dues. You can also download the membership application for Senior Members here: SENIOR or for Cadets if you have already visited your chosen cadet squadron apply here: CADET.

Note: Applications without the squadrons commander's signature will not be processed.


Step 5. Send your application

Send you completed application, fingerprint card (for adult members), and annual dues (made out to Civil Air Patrol) to:

Civil Air Patrol Membership Services
105 S. Hansell St Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112