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The Civil Air Patrol Senior Program

Missions-As an official auxiliary of the Air Force, CAP has three principal missions--emergency services including communications, aerospace education and training, and a cadet training and motivation program.

What are the qualifications for Senior Membership in CAP?

To be members of the Senior Program, applicants must:

Be prepared to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP. Be at least 18 years of Age. Be a citizen of the United States (with certain considerations for lawfully-admitted aliens) Be a law abiding citizen.


As a senior member, you will have the opportunity to function in two or more areas if you like. One Area is called your functional specialty , and the other is called your operational specialty . The functional specialty is an area where you serve an in an administrative role as a member of the squadron. Some of the specialty tracks are:

Public Affairs
Senior Program
Flight Operations
Emergency Services
Aerospace Education
Cadet Programs
Plans & Programs

Operational Specialties are jobs that Senior Members perform during a Mission. A Mission is what happens when the CAP is "called out" to search for a downed aircraft, search for a missing person, or assist with disaster relief.

Mission Coordinator
Air Operations Director
Air Search Coordinator
Ground Operations Director
Ground Search Coordinator
Communications Unit Director
Information Officer
Flight Line Officer
Mission Pilot
Mission Observer/Scanner
Radio Operator*
Ground Team Leader*
Ground Team Member*
General Emergency Services Personnel

What is my Reward?

The CAP is the official auxiliary of the US Air Force, but it is a volunteer force in every sense of the word. There is no pay for our work. The reward comes in different ways to different people, and is a factor of what you are willing to give to the program. Rank is awarded for completing the steps of the program. Ribbons are awarded for certain activities and accomplishments. Badges and patches can also be earned for certain specialties. Intangible benefits, such as the satisfaction of serving your community and your country, are a large part of the program as well.


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