We Want You!
CAP offers many avenues of volunteer service, including emergency services, training and mentoring of cadets, and aerospace education. We also need volunteers for community outreach, media relations and administrative responsibilities. While we welcome pilots and those aspiring to join the military or have served or are currently serving, you don’t have to any of these things to join.
The Auburn Squadron meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm Central at the Auburn University Regional Airport. Cadets (Youth Membership) meet every Tuesday due to their set curriculum. Senior Members (Adult Membership) meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, however they are not discouraged from attending the other meeting nights.
Senior Member (Adult members of the organization)
You must be at least 18 to join CAP as an adult member, and no upper limit on age. The cost to join includes $52.00 towards the national organizational dues (renewed annually), and $20.00 for squadron dues (one time payment). Additionally, if a member wants to participate in a mission-related activity (ie emergency services, flying the plane, etc), you must wear one of our uniforms. We have Air Force style uniforms and CAP Corporate style uniforms. Typically members purchase the “Corporate Polo Combo” which consists of a polo shirt (with the CAP seal on it) and charcoal gray slacks (which many people already have in their closets). The cost of the polo shirt ranges from $25-35 depending on if you want your name embroidered on it.
Cadet Members (Youth members of the organization)
If you’re interested in joining CAP’s cadet program, you must be between 12 and 17 years old. If you’re 18 or older, you must join as an adult member, however if you join the cadet program at an earlier age and turn 18, you may stay in as a cadet until you turn 21 (or until such time that you wish to switch to the senior member side). The cost of joining the cadet program is $31.00 for national dues (renewed annually), and $20.00 for squadron dues (one time payment). Additionally, cadets are required to maintain two uniforms: Air Force style short-sleeve blues uniform and the BDUs (camouflage uniform). Depending on availability, cadets typically receive a free blues uniform with their national dues, and the squadron tries to outfit each cadet with a BDU uniform, however, sometimes we do not have enough quantity or sizes on hand to make that happen. It is up to each individual member to ensure they have a complete uniform. The average cost per cadet in uniform items at the beginning of their membership is approximately $20.00, but can go up more if we can not outfit them with boots and BDU uniform.
As a member of CAP, you are expected to attend meetings regularly and participate in activities that fit your emergency services and/or squadron job. As with anything you do in life, the more you put in to it, the more you get out of it. Civil Air Patrol is no different. Most adult members spend approximately 6-15 hours a month on CAP, depending on how involved they are, but we only have two two-hour meetings a month. The cadets must participate actively in the weekly two-hour meetings in order to promote.k. At these meetings, cadets will receive their leadership training, aerospace education and character development lessons. Additionally, cadets learn about drill and ceremonies, customs and courtesies, current events and much more. This meeting time, and the time they must spend on their own studying for their tests typically equates to an average time commitment of 10-20 hours a month.