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How to Join Civil Air Patrol

No matter what your career goals are, the Civil Air Patrol can help you get the skills you need to succeed! Many once in a lifetime opportunities await you... learn how to take advantage of these opportunities by reading more at the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters site which is www.gocivilairpatrol.com and then see for yourself by visiting one of our weekly meetings.

Membership and Application Process

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 on our online unit locator: http://cap.findlocation.com (Note: The unit locator cannot be accessed from military computers). The local squadron is the best place to find answers to specific questions about membership.


Step 2. Contact the squadron

Please contact the Ellington Composite Squadron using the contact form located here.

Step 3. Visit a meeting

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 is structured differently and has different leadership, culture, and volunteer opportunities. Visiting different squadrons helps you find the squadron that best fits your needs. Please consider yourself invited to visit Ellington Composite Squadron during one of our regular meetings. You can find visitor information here.

Step 4. Apply for membership*

The local CAP squadron should provide you with a membership application, fingerprint card (for adults) and inform you of the amount of dues. You can also download the Ellington Composite Squadron membership applications below:

*NOTE: Ellington Composite Squadron requires four consecutive weekly meeting visits before a member can submit an application (applications are accepted during the fourth meeting).

Step 5. Complete Application here.

Squadron Senior Members will help you obtain the information you need to fill out the form.


Civil Air Patrol
Membership Services
105 S. Hansell St Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

*NOTE: Membership dues vary by state and you can view our membership dues table here. Make sure you check the dues before sending in your application. Incorrect dues amount will delay the processing of your membership.*Applications without the squadron commander's signature will not be processed.*

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