Civil Air Patrol Membership Options

Which membership option
is right for you?

There are a variety of membership options with the Civil Air Patrol - Jamestown Composite Squadron 402 to choose from. The categories of membership include Active, Patron, Cadet Membership, Senior Membership, Aerospace Education Member, AFROTC Affiliate Member, Civil Air Patrol Reserve Assistance Program (CAPRAP), and Cadet Sponsor. A description of these options are listed below. Please review the membership options to decide what type of volunteer membership best suites your needs then head over to our sign up page to fill out the membership application and get started on an exciting volunteer adventure with the Jamestown CAP today!

Senior Membership

CAP senior membership is open to adults 18 years old or older. Adult membership provides opportunities to serve in many ways:

  • Participate in search and rescue
  • Assist in federal agencies when disaster strikes
  • Work with youth through cadet programs
  • Support CAP's communications network - the most extensive in the nation
  • Assist federal agencies in the war on drugs

To prepare CAP adult members for CAP's special missions, extensive training and education in more than 20 different fields is provided. Technical training is offered to members in related areas, such as flight operations, emergency services and communications. Additional training in management and executive leadership is available as a member progresses.


A member, who regularly attends meetings, performs a specific duty assignment (visit the specialty track page for various duty assignments you can choose from), meets training requirements, and participates in the activities of his or her unit. An active member may wear the CAP uniform and may compete for grade advancement.


A patron member is a financial supporter who maintains current membership through payment of annual membership dues and participates in a limited capacity.

Cadet Sponser Members

A cadet sponsor is a special membership category that allows parents, grandparents, and legal guardians to participate with their cadets. Cadet sponsors serve as chaperons, provide transportation and supervise cadets during squadron activities. Cadet sponsors are offered discounted membership dues and have a limited volunteer commitment.

AFROTC Affiliates

AFROTC cadets at selected detachments may join CAP as affiliate members under a joint operating instruction (JOI) between CAP and AFROTC. The primary goals of this initiative are to explore the possibilities of each organization to: (1)increase recruiting and retention opportunities (2)shre available resources (3)instill joint activities in air and space education (4)conduct a flight orientation program for AFROTC cadets.

Cadet Membership

CAP cadet membership is open to young people 12 years through 18 years old. A cadet can remain in the program until age 21. The cadet program provides opportunities to develop leadership skills using the member's interest in aviation. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of aviation and aerospace activities at the local, regional and national levels. CAP national activities focus on a variety of aviation, aerospace, search and rescue, and pararescue courses. CAP cadets can compete for scholarships to help further their education. CAP is proud to report that 10 percent of Air Force Academy appointees are former CAP cadets. In addition, both West Point and Annapolis admit many CAP cadets each year.

Aerospace Education Members

Aerospace education (AE) membership is a special category of membership for members of the educational community and any reputable individual or organization that has a desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP, but who do not desire to participate in the active membership program. There are two subcategories of Aerospace Education membership: Student Aerospace Education Members and Organization Aerospace Education members. Organizational membership is open to any company, school system, or other organization that wishes to support the CAP aerospace education program. Individuals associated with the organization do not have any of the individual rights of membership. To learn more about the benefits of CAP, please visit the benefits page. Student AEM membership is available for college students majoring in education or an aerospace related field of study. Individuals may only continue in this subcategory until they receive their undergraduate degree. CAP Aerospace Education members (AEMs) receive more than 33 free educational products for grades K through 12. AEMs are also provided additional materials such as lesson plans, teaching strategies and techniques, and a newsletter. CAP sponsors the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), an annual gathering of educators dedicated to furthering aerospace education. Recognized as the premier educational symposium of its kind in the nation, NCASE is held in a different part of the country each year. (AE) members will receive a CAP ID card, Civil Air Patrol News, and are authorized military airlift (if available) for approved aerospace education project and activities when official CAP transportation authorizations are provided.

Civil Air Patrol Reserve Assistance Program (CAPRAP)

The CAPRAP provides an opportunity for Air Force reserve members to earn promotions and retirment points while making significant contributions to the USAF and CAP. Individuals participating in this program must be current members of the USAF Reserves and may not participate as active CAP members. CAPRAP members are primarily Category (CAT) "E" reservists with full-time, civilian employment who perform the CAPRAP duties on an "as available" basis for points only. Special care is taken to avoid placing a CAPRAP member in a position of conflict with his/her civilian employment. The Air Force Reserve Personnel Center (ARPC) is responsible for administration of all Air Force Reserve Members assigned to the CAPRAP. If you are interested in this program you will need to contact the office of Reserve Affairs at 334-953-5225 or DSN 493-5225.