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How to get involved

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a fun and rewarding volunteer organization to be a part of! To get the most out of your CAP membership, check out these tips to see how to get involved and what Cadet Life can mean for you!

Visit our squadron

The first step to joining Civil Air Patrol is to visit your local squadron. Marietta Air Museum Cadet Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:30pm – 9pm at the Marietta Museum of Aviation History, 550 Perrin Road, Marietta, GA. 30060.

Every meeting is different because of the unique missions we perform in Marietta’s communities, so new members need to visit at least three times before officially applying for membership.

 

What to expect as a CAP cadet

Being a CAP cadet is fun and rewarding, but it’s also hard work. The entire cadet program is led by other cadets, meaning as you learn and grow, you’ll become one of our squadron’s leaders in search-and-rescue, aerospace education, and of course leadership.

Joining CAP is a commitment to be a volunteer member of an organization with over 66,000 members nationwide. You’ll be expected to attend meetings regularly, participate actively in squadron activities, wear your uniform properly, and put in the work to better yourself every day.

 

The CAP uniform

As the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, we wear a modified version of the Air Force uniform. Some uniform items will be available from our squadron, but other items are expected to be purchased by the member. See Membership Costs for more information.

Civil Air Patrol is a civilian organization with no requirement to join the military. If you DO want to join the military, check out What’s in it for me to see how CAP can help.

 

What's in it for me?

Being a CAP cadet gives you incredible opportunities no matter what your interests are.

Want to learn to fly? CAP gives every cadet five free flights in our advanced fleet of specialized powered planes, as well as five free flights in our gliders! Plus, CAP can help you toward your Private Pilot Certificate with CFIs and potential flight scholarships.

Want to make friends? CAP cadets share an amazing bond of friendship and represent a wide variety of backgrounds from all over the nation. You won’t just meet people from your area, because CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities will build friendships through countless opportunities like encampments, flight academies, officer schools, and even the International Air Cadet Exchange!

Want to be an engineer? CAP’s vast Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs offer experience in all kinds of fields that you can take with you into your daily life.

Want to join the military? CAP Cadet Officers are eligible for immediate higher pay grades and ranks upon joining most branches of the United States Military.

And much, much more!

 

Membership costs

Like most volunteer organizations, there are membership costs for being in Civil Air Patrol. Our annual membership dues cover the administrative items, but members are usually required to pay for their own uniforms, and some activities may have a separate cost associated with them.

The annual dues for cadets in Marietta Air Museum Cadet Squadron are $59.

The annual dues for adult members (joining at age 18 or older) are $120.

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