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Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 80-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

The Fort Worth Phoenix Composite Squadron has many opportunities for prospective members to begin their journey with Civil Air Patrol.
Please take a moment to fill out this form, indicating your interest in learning more about the program. A member of our squadron will reach out to you soon with more details and a personalized invitation to visit us.




Membership in Civil Air Patrol is a privilege reserved for those individuals who desire to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP and who meet the eligibility requirements. Civil Air Patrol members are not employees of CAP; they are volunteers who provide their services for the public good without expectation or receipt of salary, pay, remuneration, or compensation of any kind. Membership is on an annual basis.

Note: Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) benefits and Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) liability coverage are only extended to mission qualified CAP active senior members and cadet members engaged in the scope of authorized missions for the DoD/Air Force. All other CAP membership categories are not authorized to participate in DoD or Air Force missions and will not be afforded federal coverage or benefits.





As a CAP cadet, you will participate in a year-round program where you fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push yourself to new limits.

The program transforms youth into dynamic citizens and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on four elements: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.  

As you participate in these four elements, you advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities. Many of the nation's astronauts, pilots, engineers, and scientists first explored their careers through CAP. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline you gain will prepare you to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself in life. If you’re between 12 and 18 years of age and dreaming about a career in aviation, space or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.





Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adult members do so much more than just fly. In fact, less than one-fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life including electricians, lawyers, educators, retail workers, clergy, truck drivers, and retirees.   Really just about any career or background can be found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership.  

Adult members help out at the squadron with day-to-day operations like managing the finances or keeping inventory of equipment. In emergency services and operations, members may help with communications, transportation of goods, taking photos, or helping distribute water and food. CAP has more than 23,000 youth in its Cadet Program. Adult members help in all aspects of the cadet program, so it's a great opportunity if you want to be a positive influence in a young person's life.



Join as an Aerospace Education Member of Civil Air Patrol and enjoy many free aerospace and STEM educational opportunities ranging from a variety of K-12 curriculum materials and STEM Kits to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft at your local airport. This unique membership category is designed for formal or informal educators involved in promoting aerospace and STEM education in classrooms, homeschools, museums, libraries, or other youth organizations.


Legislative Membership​

The legislative membership category is comprised of two subcategories, federal and state, who wish to support Civil Air Patrol.

► Federal Legislative Member ​

Members of the United States Congress and federally appointed officials are eligible to become congressional members of Civil Air Patrol. These members do not pay membership dues or submit fingerprint cards and are all assigned to the Congressional Squadron (NHQ999), which is physically located within the “boundaries” of National Capital Wing and operates under a special charter. These members are authorized to fly in CAP aircraft, visit CAP unit meetings/social events, and receive the honorary grade of lieutenant colonel.

► State Legislative Member

Membership in this category is open to state legislators and elected state officials as well as key staff members. Membership dues and fingerprint cards are waived. State Legislative members are assigned to special state legislative squadrons, the wing identifier plus 999 (XX999);  These members are authorized to fly in CAP aircraft, visit CAP unit meetings/social events upon invitation and receive the honorary grade of major. If a state legislative member wishes to fully participate in CAP activities they must complete the same training requirements as active members.

Member Benefits

All CAP member types may take advantage of the member discounts and affinity programs unless specifically excluded. No member dues or other funds are used to procure discounts or services for CAP members. Click the links below to see these benefits:

Aviation Products  — Insurance — Magazine Discounts — Travel Discounts — Office Depot/OfficeMax — Computer Software and Hardware

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