Civil Air Patrol


Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the age limit to join?

Those wishing to join as a cadet can join at age 12 and before there 18th birthday. Cadets may remain in the cadet program until there 21st birthday.

Adult membership begins at 18, with no upper age limit.


Do I have to join the military later on if I join as a cadet?

No. Joining the military is not required as a result of membership in CAP. However, cadet membership is favorable for admission to colleges and military academies.


What is the cost to join?

Cadet membership is $30 and adult membership is $60, both are renewed yearly. Additional costs will include certain uniform items and special activities.


I want to be a cadet, but I am busy with sports when school starts. What should I do?

We highly encourage an active lifestyle for all of our members. The CAP program runs year long, so the school year does not have an effect. If cadets will be required to miss meetings due to sports, they can let the squadron know they will be away, but plan to return once sports are complete.


I want to join, but I can’t make meetings on Thursday’s. Do I have options?

Yes you do. There are many other CAP units in Maryland and all other states. If our Thursday meeting night is not convenient, please take a look at our other units and find one that meets your schedule. You can find a complete listing of Maryland Wing units at To locate a unit in another state, please visit


Can I earn my pilot’s license in CAP?

Cadets do have the opportunity to use our aircraft fleet for primary instruction, once they meet certain requirements. Unfortunately, primary flight instruction is not available for adult members.


How do I get a uniform?

Each squadron has a limited supply of basic uniform items that are available free of charge. All cadet members will receive a $100 voucher towards ordering a brand new dress uniform once they complete the first achievement. All other items (patches, name tapes, etc) are available for purchase from Vanguard Industries or might be available from the squadron.


What if I need information on something you didn’t mention above?

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