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Civil Air Patrol isn't just for future leaders, it's for leaders of today. Adult members, referred to as Senior Members, come from numerous backgrounds which adds to the wealth of experience Civil Air Patrol can draw from to provide a robust program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. Adult membership comes in two different but equally important roles:

Cadet Sponsor Member—Just like any other youth organization, CAP relies on a cadet's family to support the program. Cadet parents, grandparents or legal guardians are eligible to join as a Cadet Sponsor. This membership requires the same FBI background screening process and cadet protection training as the active adult membership. First year dues are just $30 and renewals are only $20. As a parent sponsor, you'll be able to help chaperone the kids, ride or drive in the CAP vehicles, and otherwise help the other adult volunteer members. You will not be required to wear the Air Force-style uniform.

Senior Member—If you are more interested in taking a leadership role in the Cadet Program, or want to participate in CAP's aerospace education and emergency services missions, you should join as a senior member. Talk with your child’s squadron commander about joining as a senior member. You will need to submit and complete a membership application, fingerprint card and complete an orientation course.

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