CAP is the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and as such, is a professional volunteer service with many activities and programs that require a considerable commitment from our members. You do not need to be a pilot to join CAP, but only the desire to serve your community in an aerospace environment. We provide all the training you need to serve as an aircrew member, ground team member, and/or Incident Command Post personnel. Besides training/participating in our ES and AE missions, our members are expected to support the squadron in one of a number of primary or assistant roles ("squadron jobs") to keep our unit effective. Many of these positions require very little time, but you can serve in multiple roles if you can commit the time.
The process of joining requires several steps including attending at least three meetings before you may apply. At these meetings, along with attending the general session you will receive introductory briefings from the Squadron Personnel Officer. Additional requirements include submitting to a criminal background check and sitting for an interview with the Squadron Membership Board. This process is to make certain that CAP is right for you and that you are right for CAP. Please remember that membership in the Civil Air Patrol is a privilege and not a right.
If serving in CAP sounds exciting to you, we look forward to meeting you in the near future. Before your first visit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can advise you of the next open meeting.
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