Membership in CAP requires payment of the National membership fee every year. Currently this is $44 yearly to be paid before the expiration date on their membership card. Notices will be emailed out prior to expiration as long as your data is correct in eServices. You must ensure that all information is correct on-line @ https://www.capnhq.gov/ Access can be obtained using your ID card.
For the Membership and DUES All Checks are to made out to Civil Air Patrol
Other FEES or Costs
At times we will have events or trips which will require additional fees. We attempt to keep cost to the minimum but some activities this can't be avoided. In addition at times because of the high cost of gas we do ask for a small fee to help cover for the gas for out of the ordinary trips. Local activities and SAR training there will be no fees for gas this will only be for activities in which we have to travel a significant distance. Parents will always be informed of any costs that may be required.
Unit Meetings. .
Cadet meetings are weekly on Thursday night @ 6:30 pm for 2 1/2 hours 9:00 pm. The cadet staff, with senior member guidance, plans the program.
It is vital that Parents or rides for the Cadet be at the meeting location for 9:00 pm or in the case of any special event be at the pre-assigned meeting place at the time designated.. We can not leave any Cadet unattended and we can not provide rides home for the Cadets.
Cadet's must be present For the opening ceremonies @ 6:30 pm. If they are to be late they must notify their Flight Sergeant or one of the Officers.
A Quarterly Schedule. Will be published and is on our on-line Calendar. We organize the weekly meetings around a master schedule based on a 13-week quarter. This system ensures the unit fulfills the minimum training requirements, and allows ample time for other special training opportunities.
Senior member meetings for aircrew and emergency services are on the fourth Thursday for 7:00PM to 9:00PM of each month. Senior member additionally meet on the third Tuesday of each month for general business and planning.
All members are expected to attend meetings. Cadets are required to participate actively in their local unit if they are to progress in the Cadet Program. Excessive, unexcused absences may be cause for termination from CAP (see CAPR 35-3, Membership Termination). Any school-related activity is considered an excused absence. Cadets are responsible for notifying the unit about school activities in advance. School-related absences do not excuse cadets from the pre-requisites needed to earn promotions.
If a Cadet can not make a meeting the Cadet must notify their Flight Sergeant. They must be ex cussed from the meeting and it must be recorded.Three consecutive missed unexcused meeting could mean termination from the program.
Uniforms are mandatory at all meetings and most CAP activities. The uniforms for the Day will be announced prior to any activity. Battle Dress Uniforms ( BDU ) are the utility uniform for all members and will be required. These can be purchase at many locations. The links on our site provide some guidance on where to purchase Uniforms and CAP Items. The First Blue uniform for the Cadets is provided by National CAP. This uniform is as any uniform from the military in that it is to be returned when a member leaves the organization.Blues are required for many more formal activities such as promotions.
It is the responsibility of the member to obtain the proper uniforms and devices for these uniforms. We do at times have surplus Uniform Items and you may ask to see if we have anything in our supplies that might fit.
The Uniform Manual is CAPRM- 39-1 and can also be located in our links section of our site.
There are also many surplus stores on-line. If you do order from them or visit one of them you must be certain of what you are ordering. The uniforms have to be the proper styles and colors for the Cadets to be able to wear them. For BDU uniforms the only uniforms that are approved are woodland Camo and not the newer digital styles. The tops and bottoms must match and be of the same material. The hat must be of the same material and colors.
Training is in Phases. Phase I is the "Learning Phase." Cadets may begin progressing through Phase I upon joining CAP. Commanders record cadets’ progress in Phase I using CAPF 52-1, Phase I Certification, and CAPF 66. Each of the three achievements in this phase is named to bring attention to an aerospace pioneer:
Achievement 1 John F. Curry ,CAP’s first national commander
Achievement 2 Hap Arnold, Leader of US military air-power in WWII
Achievement 3 Mary Feik, Pioneer in aviation mechanics
Phase I Wright Brothers, First powered, controlled, heavier-than-air flight
Progression in Rank
For a cadet to progress in rank they must have completed all the requirements for that rank or achievement and must be actively involved in the Unit. The progression is based on Physical Fitness criteria for their age and Rank along with Aerospace and Leadership written tests for the achievement.
When they have completed all requirements they then are required to sit before a review board which is aimed at determining if they are ready for the new rank and any added responsibilities that may be required.
Upon recommendation from the board the Deputy Commander of Cadets approves or disapproves the promotion. this can always be over turned by the Squadron Commander for any reason for it is the final responsibility of the Commander.
Upon approval at the next scheduled Promoting night the Cadet will be promoted.
Written testing and promotions are normally done on the First meeting of every month.
There is and will be additional training beside the Phase training mentioned. This will include Emergency Services training for which the Cadets can be training for Ground teams, first aid/ CPR and certain mission staff assistants. Drill teams and Color guards. Part of the program involves other activities shuch as Rocket building and related Aerospce education training. We encourage participation in all aspects of the program.
If you haven't visited the National Cadet programs web site you should take time to visit and check out all the activities that are part of the program and that are available to the Cadets.
Professional Development Senior members are encouraged to pursue one or two of the many specialty tracks available. Specialty tracks give senior members the opportunity to learn new skills as well as apply existing knowledge to CAP tasks. Tracks are available for areas such as Administration, Logistics, Finance, Information Technology and many, many more.