Civil Air Patrol

Allentown Squadron - NJ082







Membership Begins with a Visit to Your Local CAP Squadron

Interested in joining Civil Air Patrol? CONTACT: Lt Col Greg Putnam, at (609) 275-9095 and email at

Ready to join CAP as an active adult or youth member?  Here’s how to get started. 

Step 1.  Find a local CAP squadron

All active CAP members join through a local squadron.  You can find squadrons near you by entering your zip code or city and state in the online unit locator found on the home page. The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership (examples: What would I do in CAP?  How often do you have extra activities? 

Senior squadrons only have an adult program for senior members 18 years of age and older.  Cadets are not accepted into senior squadrons.

Cadet squadrons only have a youth program for cadets.  There are senior members in this program, but their purpose is to manage the youth program.  Adults can join if their primary interest is working with the cadets.

Step 2.  Contact the squadron

Call or email the contact person and confirm the meeting date, time and location.  You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility.   Please keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member.  All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond.  If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance. 

Step 3. Visit a meeting and then join

The best way to learn more about what you can do in CAP is to attend a meeting.  You’ll have a chance to see how meetings are run and what types of activities are available.  You should visit all the squadrons that are convenient to you.  Each squadron has a different leadership, culture and volunteer opportunities.  Find the squadron that best fits your needs. Then just sign up to the best volunteer organization in the world!

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