Q: How much does it cost to join
A: The initial cost is $67.00 (2
checks- $35 & $32 made payable to Civil Air Patrol). Thereafter
there are annual NY Wing dues of $32 and LI Group dues of $15.
Q: What is the process for joining as a
A: Attend 3 Squadron meetings to determine
if CAP is for you. Then complete the application here,
and bring it in with your 2 checks: $35 & $32 made payable to
Civil Air Patrol.
Q: What are the age requirements
for joining CAP?
A: Youth aged 12-18 may join CAP
as cadets and remain cadets until age 21. Of course, adults of any
age are welcome to join CAP, too.
Q: Are cadets obligated to join the
A: No, but many do. Cadets who earn
the Billy Mitchell Award may enter the Air Force at an advanced grade (E-3)
if they choose to enlist. The service academies and ROTC also look favorably
on CAP experience. Approximately 10% of the USAF Academy cadet corps got
their start in CAP.
Q: What level of commitment is expected
A: CAP expects cadets to participate
actively, but of course CAP recognizes that cadets have school, family,
and other obligations that take priority. We meet weekly for about 2 1/2
hours and offer special activities on the weekends and during the summer.
If a cadet is unable to attend a CAP activity, they should let their element
leader know in advance. Like any extra-curricular activity, cadets
will get out of CAP only what they put into it.
Q: Who leads and supervises the cadets?
A: CAP takes its responsibility
to safeguard youth very seriously. The adult volunteers who interact with
cadets (known as CAP Officers) have been fingerprinted and screened by
the FBI. Also, as part of their leadership training, advanced cadets lead
and mentor new cadets under the guidance of senior members. For more information,
see our cadet protection policy.
Q: Do cadets need to maintain a certain
grade point average to participate in CAP?
A: Of course, school comes first.
CAP expects cadets to maintain "satisfactory performance" at school, as
defined by the cadet's parents. Because CAP emphasizes self-discipline,
it's not uncommon for cadets to see their grades increase as a result of
their participation in the Cadet Program.
Q: Why do cadets wear uniforms?
A: CAP uses uniforms to promote
teamwork and develop self-discipline. The uniform motivates cadets to set
high standards for themselves and to live their core values of integrity,
volunteer service, excellence, and respect. Additionally, cadets practice
military customs and courtesies as part of their leadership training.
Q: What uniforms do cadets wear?
A: There are 3 basic cadet uniforms:
The short-sleeve (Air Force style) blue uniform, the BDU (camouflage) uniform
and the PT uniform. These are worn according to a published schedule
Q: How do cadets obtain uniforms?
A: New cadets are eligible to receive
the Air Force style blue uniform at no cost to them through the Cadet Uniform
Program, upon joining (depending on the availability of Air Force funding).
BDUs and other uniform items may be available through your squadron's supply
or may be purchased through the online Vanguard clothing sales store or
local Military supply stores.
Q: How do cadets obtain uniform insignia?
A: Our squadron has a limited supply
of the basic insignia. Purchase is also available through Vanguard,
CAP's official supplier of uniform insignia and uniform items.
Q: Where do the patches, insignia,
etc. go on the uniform?
A: See the uniform manual CAPM
39-1 included in the member kit.
Q: What's involved with cadet orientation
A: Through orientation flights in
powered aircraft and gliders, cadets experience flight first-hand. CAP's
pilots are licensed by the FAA, follow a syllabus for each flight, and
ensure the flight is conducted safely. 5 Orientation flights are free to
cadets. See the website for information about when the next opportunity
to fly is scheduled.
Q: How do cadets advance and earn
A: Cadets advance at their own pace
through self-study and group study. To progress, cadets must (1) participate
actively; (2) pass a written leadership test; (3) pass a written aerospace
test; (4) pass a physical fitness test; (5) participate in character development
forums; and most of all (6) demonstrate they have the maturity to accept
increased responsibility. (In some stages of the Cadet Program, these requirements
Q: Does CAP offer any scholarships?
Questions & Concerns
A: Yes. See our scholarships page
Q: I have more questions about CAP.
Where can I find answers?
A: The Squadron's website www.capli.com
has a great deal of information and links. Also the National website,
www.cap.gov is another source. Finally CAP's on-line Knowledgebase
is also great source for more specific information about CAP programs.