Senior Member Overview
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
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.