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Cadet Membership

The mission of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. The Cadet Program brings the benefits of CAP's character education, fitness, leadership, and aerospace curriculum into the community for middle and high school students as a weekly after-school program.

Program Overview

CAP's cadet program is unique when comparing to many youth programs in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness, and character development. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Others assist at major air shows throughout the nation. At Squadron 236, we assist with the Cleveland National Air Show.

Whether your interest is in...

  • survival training

  • flight training

  • photography

  • astronomy

...there is a place here for you at Squadron 236.


How to Join

Step 1.  Contact the Squadron

Call and/or email the unit contact person and confirm the meeting date, time and location.  You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility.  Keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member.  All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond.  If you encounter a wrong number or incorrect email address or otherwise have difficulty contacting the local unit, please email us through the Contact page for assistance.

Step 2. Attend a Meeting

The best way to learn more about Civil Air Patrol 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 for you.  Each squadron has different leadership, culture, and volunteer opportunities.  Typically you will attend three meetings before completing your membership application.

Step 3.  Complete Membership Application

Cadets joining CAP needs to fill out CAPF 15.

[Note: Unit Charter Number for Squadron 236: GLR-OH-236]

Step 4.  Submit Membership Application and Dues

There are annual dues to be a CAP Cadet which also must be submitted with your membership application. There are many ways to submit your application and pay annual dues, but most common is via mail. 

Dues can be paid by check made payable to Civil Air Patrol or by money orders. Mail completed application and dues payment to:

Civil Air Patrol/DP
105 S. Hansell St. Bldg 714
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112 

*Currently, Ohio CAP Membership Dues are $40/year for Cadets



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