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Requirements for Cadet Membership.

Question
What are the requirements for cadet membership other than the physical fitness test? Are there grade requirements? What about troubled teens? Would they be considered?

Answer

There are no specific school "grades" or grade point average required but students must be enrolled in or have graduated from a private, public, homeschool or college program with a satisfactory record of academic achievement. There is also a requirement for good moral character. Suggest contacting a local
CAP unit and discussing with the local unit commander specific cases of potential cadet members.

CHAPTER 2 – CADET MEMBERSHIP
2-1. General.
Cadet membership in CAP is available to all young men and women who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in paragraph 2-2. Cadets who become members before their 19th
birthday may retain their cadet status until they reach 21 years of age; however, senior membership is optional for all cadets at age 18 (see paragraph 3-5 for application procedures).
2-2. Requirements for Initial Membership.
All applicants for cadet membership must meet the following prerequisites:
a. Twelve years of age through 18 years of age. Note: Individuals applying for membership in a squadron that is participating in CAP’s middle school initiative may join if they are below age 12 as
long as they are attending at least the sixth grade in the appropriate middle school. These squadrons are monitored by the Cadet Programs Directorate at National Headquarters and have a distinguishing charter number that identifies them as participants of this program.
b. Enrolled in or graduated from a private, public, homeschool or college program with a satisfactory record of academic achievement.
c. Single or married and under age 18.
d. Not a member of the active duty Armed Forces. NOTE: National Guard and Reserve personnel are not considered active duty Armed Forces unless they are serving on extended active duty. For the purpose of this regulation, CAP does not consider Basic Military Training for Guard and Reserve personnel as
extended active duty.
e. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States of America or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States of America and its territories and possessions or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the United States specifically approved by the National Commander's designee.
1) Those persons in "admitted for permanent residence" status must possess and present a current Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151 or I-551) when making application for CAP membership. If an alien's status changes from "admitted for permanent residence" other then by reason of acquiring
citizenship, the alien is no longer eligible for membership.
2) Requests for waiver of citizenship criteria for lawfully admitted non-citizens residing in the United States who were not admitted for permanent residence will be submitted through the wing and
region commander along with a copy of the membership application to Membership Services (NHQ CAP/Personnel and Member Services (DP)). The waiver, if approved, will be only for the period of residence within the United States.
f. Good moral character.
g. If a former member of CAP, must not have been terminated for misconduct.
h. Be accepted by the unit and higher headquarters.

 

Requirements for senior membership in CAP
Question
I would like some information on the requirements for an active duty military member or A.F. reservist to join Civil Air Patrol?

Answer
CAP senior membership is open to active, retired, and reserve members of the armed forces and all others who meet the criteria outlined below in CAPR 39-2 Paragraph 3-2.

SECTION A - MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
1-1. Policy. Membership in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a privilege reserved for those individuals who desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP and who meet the eligibility requirements outlined herein. In the event an individual does not meet the prescribed criteria and is erroneously accepted, the
membership is null and void, and dues will be refunded. Additionally, in those cases where an applicant is accepted by a unit commander but not accepted by a higher headquarters, membership dues will be refunded and the membership is null and void. National Headquarters reserves the right to make final
decisions on all membership cases and issues that arise under this directive.
a. Compensation. Civil Air Patrol members are not employees of the CAP; they are volunteers who provide their services for the public good without expectation or receipt of salary, pay, remuneration or compensation of any kind. NOTE: Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) benefits and Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) liability coverage are only extended to mission qualified CAP Senior and Cadet members engaged in the scope of authorized missions for the DoD/Air Force. All other CAP membership categories are not authorized to participate in DoD or Air Force missions and will not be afforded federal coverage or benefits.
b. Nondiscrimination. It is Civil Air Patrol policy that no member shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any CAP program or activity on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin or disability (formerly handicap).
3-2. Requirements for Membership. All applicants for senior
membership in CAP must be accepted by the unit and higher
headquarters and must meet the following criteria:
a. General. Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP.
b. Age. Be at least 18 years of age or be a member of the Armed Forces on active duty at any age.
c. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States of America or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States of America and its territories and possessions or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the United States specifically approved by the National Commander's designee
(NHQ CAP/Personnel and Member Services (DP)).
1) Those persons in "admitted for permanent residence" status must possess and present a current Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151 or I-551) when making application for CAP membership. If an alien's status changes from "admitted for permanent residence" other then by reason of acquiring
citizenship, the alien is no longer eligible for membership.
2) Requests for waiver of the citizenship criteria for lawfully admitted non-citizens residing in the United States who were not admitted for permanent residence will be submitted through the wing and region commander along with a copy of the membership application to NHQ CAP/Personnel and Member
Services (DP). The waiver, if approved, will be only for the period of residence within the United States.
d. Suitability. Subject to being waived by the Executive Director or National Commander, any one of the following may be the basis for rejection of membership.
1) Conviction of a felony by any court of record whether federal, state or military.
2) A pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, DUIs, dishonesty and violence.
3) Discharge from the armed services under other than honorable conditions.
4) Falsification of information on the membership application.
5) Previously terminated or non renewed for cause from membership in CAP.
6) Any other unfavorable information brought to the attention of CAP officials at any level.

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EVERY TUESDAY
7:00pm to 9:00pm
at the HISTORICAL PAN AMERICAN BUILDING on the 2ND FLOOR AT THE BROWNSVILLE / SOUTH PADRE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

 

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