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Recruiting & Retention

Director of Recruiting and Retention: Capt Chase Boni

The volunteer professionals of the Civil Air Patrol serve their community, state, and nation every day, performing critical missions for America. We are always looking for dedicated, talented individuals to join our team. If you are interested in learning about the opportunities available to you in Civil Air Patrol, please read the information provided below.

Types of Membership

Cadet Member
To become a CAP cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

Senior Member
Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.

Aerospace Education Member
Join as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and enjoy many free aerospace educational opportunities ranging from receiving lesson plans to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft. This unique membership category is designed for educators or others involved in promoting aerospace education in classrooms, museums, or other youth organizations.

National Patron Member
National Patron Members pay $35.00 in annual dues to further support Civil Air Patrol without the volunteer expectations of active adult membership. Patron members are financial supporters and are not permitted to participate in most other CAP activities. Patron members receive a membership card, the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine (when printed) and member discounts and benefits.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be considered a member of the military?
No, Civil Air Patrol members are civilian volunteers and do not have any obligation to any branch of the military. You cannot be deployed, called to active duty, or forced to serve in any branch of the US Armed Services in any way. CAP members are not eligible to receive any Veterans Administration Benefits for their volunteer service to Civil Air Patrol.

Do I get paid to be a member?
No, you are a volunteer member of Civil Air Patrol. All activities you do are donations of your time and expertise to help your country and community.

Can I join if I have a medical condition or disability?
Civil Air Patrol does not preclude membership due to medical conditions or disabilities. However, participation in certain activities may be limited depending on the condition, illness or disability.

If you have further questions regarding membership in the Civil Air Patrol, please visit Civil Air Patrol's membership FAQ page or contact Capt Chase Boni, Director of Recruiting and Retention at or 401-500-6259.

To find the RI Wing Squadron nearest you, please visit our squadrons page.

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