How To Join The Civil Air Patrol
  • Questions?  Please contact:

Maj Ammon Hoover (click to email)
COWG Director of Recruiting and Retention

    Almost any American citizen who passes an FBI background check can join the CAP. It's a great way to give back to the community and serve our country. Persons age 12-18 can join as Cadets, and persons over 18 serve as Senior Members. You do not need to be a pilot, and no flight experience is necessary. There are many positions in which you may serve, including finance, administration, public affairs, chaplain, aerospace education, cadet programs, professional development, safety and logistics & operations. There are also flight positions for which you may train. These are, Scanner, Observer and Mission Pilot. In the CAP, there are many ways to serve.

    In Colorado, the Civil Air Patrol operates 35 squadrons, organized into four groups. The best way to join is to simply attend an upcoming squadron meeting in your area, or contact a squadron you are interested in. There are three types of squadrons. They are "Cadet" (made up mostly of cadets 12-18 years of age and managed by adult officers), "Composite" (Cadets and Senior members), and "Senior" (Over 18 only).

    CLICK THIS LINK to get to our Colorado squadron locator page. Once there, you can find a nearby squadron and contact information. When you attend a squadron meeting, you will be introduced to the recruitment officer, who will give you all the information you need to become a member.

    Visit the CAP National web site to get more information and to locate a unit near you.

    Nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) corporation. The auxiliary of the United States Air Force. More than 56,000 members, including 27,000 cadets ages 12- 21. Eight geographic regions, 52 wings, 1,700 units in all. National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama., with 100 support staff. World’s largest fleet (535) of single-engine, piston aircraft the nation’s most extensive communications network 1,000 emergency services vehicles.

    100 aerospace education workshops each year Aerospace classroom materials, grades K through college.  Nation’s premier annual aerospace education conference AE program touches more than 900 teachers per year.

    Multi-step leadership training. Cadet glider and powered orientation flights, flight training scholarships.  International Air Cadet Exchange program.

    Performs 95 percent of nation’s inland search and rescue 100 lives on average saved per year.
    Aerial reconnaissance for homeland security disaster relief and damage assessment.
    Transport for time-sensitive medical materials Counter-narcotic missions.