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Opportunities for Adults

Civil Air Patrol's active adult members, known as Senior Members, are the backbone of CAP's operational capabilities. Senior members come from all walks of life, and there are opportunities available in CAP for almost any interest. CAP senior members include pilots, aircrew members, radio operators, cadet programs officers, and chaplains, just to name a few. If you'd like to give back to your community while learning valuable skills and having fun along the way, CAP is the organization for you!

A Day in the Life

CAP senior members typically attend a two-hour meeting at their local unit once a week. There are also numerous opportunities for additional training and operational exercises held throughout the year. Properly qualified senior members may also participate in operational missions (such as search and rescue missions) as they occur. As a volunteer organization, CAP members can tailor their participation to their particular schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Am I obligated to serve in the military? No - CAP members are civilian volunteers and cannot be deployed or forced to serve in the military in any way.
  • Will I be paid? No - CAP is an all-volunteer organization. CAP members earn valuable experience, camaraderie, and a sense of pride in serving their communities.
  • Do I have to be a pilot? No - in fact, less than 1/5 CAP senior members are pilots or air crew members. CAP needs dedicated volunteers in the air and on the ground to perform its missions for America.
  • Can I join if I have a disability or medical condition? - Yes. Having a disability or medical condition will not preclude you from joining CAP. However, your participation in certain physically demanding activities may be limited depending on the nature of your specific condition.


If you are interested in becoming a CAP senior member, click here to request more information.
To view a complete list of volunteer opportunities currently available within the Rhode Island Wing, click here.

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