CAP, the official U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with more than 59,000 members. CAP performs 95% of U.S. inland search and rescue missions. Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of government agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 25,000 young people in CAP’s cadet program.
Adult members are called “senior” members and range in age from 18 years and older, with no upper age limit. CAP has been performing missions for America for over 70 years. Become a CAP volunteer and be a part of CAP’s legacy of service.
Here are just a few ways you can make a difference in CAP:
- Participate in aviation and ground search and rescue
- Mentor youth and help develop them into responsible citizens and leaders
- Provide disaster relief
- Inspire and teach children through aerospace education
- Provide critical civilian support to the United States Air Force as well as other federal, state and local agencies.
How much does it cost?
Annual membership dues vary by state and range from about $50 to $80. Members are also responsible for purchasing uniform items, plus expenses for activities, training or conferences.
Do Senior Members wear a uniform?
CAP members have the privilege of wearing a uniform. The local CAP unit can provide more information about what uniforms they require.
What is the time commitment?
Members volunteer as much time as they are able and willing to give. Members may meet as often as once a week or as little as once a month. Further training, activities and some volunteer duties will require additional time.
I’m not a pilot; what will I do in CAP?
Most members are not pilots. Instead, they serve in other volunteer positions: working with youth, participating in search and rescue or completing required administrative duties to keep the unit running. Volunteer positions vary by location.
Am I considered a member of the military?
No. CAP members are civilians and under no obligation to the military.
Just a few reasons to consider joining the CAP team:
- Give back to your community through volunteer service
- Learn a new skill or gain experience
- Provide a positive influence on today’s youth
- Enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of other like-minded volunteers