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Join as an Adult

Step 1

Find a local CAP Senior or Composite Squadron

Step 2

Contact the squadron and arrange to visit a meeting.

To join Las Cruces Composite Squadron, please email Lt Col John Orton to schedule a visit.

Step 3

Attend at least three meetings. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet the members of the squadron and see how a normal meeting runs. You will also learn more about the program and how you can best contribute to the squadron and their goals. All applicants must meet the Unit Membership Board prior to their application for membership being approved by the Unit Commander.

Step 4

Complete the Membership Application and FD 258 Fingerprint Card (available at your squadron). Bring the application, fingerprint card, and your acceptable proof of identity to a squadron meeting to be reviewed by the Unit Commander. For a list of acceptable documents used for the proof of identity, please see Attachment 2 in CAP Regulation 39-2 CAP Membership.

Download the Senior Membership Application

Annual membership dues vary by state.

Click here for the membership dues table

Step 5 

Submit your application, fingerprint card and dues through one of the following ways:


Checks (made payable to Civil Air Patrol) or money orders are accepted for dues payment. 

If paying by credit card, include the information listed below to process the application. The required information includes:

  • Type of Card - Visa, MasterCard or Discover 

  • Card Number 

  • Expiration Date 

  • 3 Digit Security Code on the Back of the Card 

  • Name on Card

Mail your completed application, fingerprint card and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP

105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714

Maxwell AFB, AL  36112 

Expedited Mail 

FedEx and UPS are both delivered directly to the National Headquarters building.   Priority Mail from the United States Postal Service may be delayed several days while it is routed through the Air Force base mail system.  

When your application is received at National Headquarters, it is date stamped and processed in order by the date it arrived.  You will receive an automated welcome email when the membership is processed.    

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