United States Air Force Auxiliary
Carroll Composite Squadron
Group II, Maryland Wing
Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Mechanics, cooks, teachers, police officers, clergy, parents, really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life that you may not know about.
In emergency services and operations we not only need aircrew members, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.
CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 26,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate executives, and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them.
CAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country. Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know the how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.
Essentially, there is a place for any interested adult to join and help CAP.
Pilots: from mission pilots who fly sorties in support of search and rescue operations, disaster relief, or even homeland defense, Civil Air Patrol provides a way to use your professional skills – or what may be just a hobby for you now – to serve your community. When flying CAP missions, we pick up the tab for fuel and maintenance on our fleet of Cessna 182s and other single-engine aircraft. We also need Orientation Pilots who introduce our youth to the higher calling of aviation.
Aircrew: Are you a photographer or someone who is interested in helping find lost people and aircraft from the air? We can use your skill behind the camera or tactical mind as a mission aircrew member. We’ll train you and, if you’re available, we’ll send you aloft to provide eyes in the sky as part of airborne search and rescue teams, disaster-related damage assessments, or even support to law enforcement.
Emergency Services: Not all Civil Air Patrol emergency services contributions take place from the air. We need adults to serve in and supervise ground search and rescue teams, to assist in disaster relief efforts, to help staff mission bases and to help train our cadets. Use your skill with a map and compass to raise the next generation of first responders, or put your desire to be a part of the solution to work as a part of our emergency services mission.
Information Technology Professionals: Civil Air Patrol participates in Cyber Patriot (click here for more information), a middle school and high school-level computer network defense competition. This is a critical effort for our nation, as we seek to introduce young people to the potential for a challenging career in a growing field.
Marketing / Writing: We’ve been called one of the United States Air Force’s best-kept secrets. We can give you the opportunity to use your ability to make a connection with audiences to help get the word out that we’re a great way to serve the community. We need people who can make connections through print, radio, the internet, and new media. We can even train you to help manage the public information needs which arise during a disaster relief effort or lost-person search.
Youth Development: There’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing the development of our youth into confident and competent leaders. Worried that our new generations don’t know how to do anything except text each other in between video games? Do something about it by joining an organization whose youth are reaching for the stars. Be prepared to be challenged. We don’t call them kids, we call them cadets.
For more information about the CAP adult program, visit our Adults FAQ page.
NOTICE: for ALL Seniors
All CAP members should complete two copies of the CAPF 160 – one to carry with you and the other to turn into your squadron.
F160 CAP Member Health History Form - used for in-resident activities such as encampment
F161 Emergency Information - replaces CAPF60
F162 CAP Member Physical Exam Form – used to determine Fitness level for PT testing – restrictions, waivers
F163 Permission for Provision of Minor Cadet Over-The-Counter Medication Form - used for in-resident activities such as encampment.
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