Cadet Membership Information

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We have three basic missions that all cadets can participate in: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. As a member of CAP, you will gain leadership experience as you move through the ranks in our cadet program. You will also have opportunities to get training in emergency services. The training consists of first aid, communications, recovery ground team member, to name a few. Finally, you will get to participate in aerospace-related activities, such as model rocketry, orientation flights in CAP aircraft, and other aviation-related activities. CAP does not discriminate based on disability, gender, race, or religion.

What is it like to be a Cadet? Click here for a short video Cadet Programs Video.

For more information on CAP, visit the CAP website, If you decide CAP membership is something you wish to pursue, here is how you can begin:

Are you eligible for Membership? The following are the basic criteria that all potential CAP Cadets must meet in order to join:
  • Are you between the ages of 12 and 18?
  • Are you enrolled in or graduated from a private, public, home school or college program with a satisfactory record of academic achievement?
  • Are you a citizen of the United States of America or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States of America and its territories and possessions or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the United States specifically approved by the National Commander's designee? If you aren't sure, contact us to get clarification.
  • Are you of good moral character.
  • If you were a former member of CAP, you must not have been terminated from CAP for misconduct.
  • Can you be accepted by the unit and higher headquarters?

Where do I go to attend a meeting?

Visit the squadron with your parent or guardian any Tuesday night. Our regular weekly squadron meetings begin at 7:00 PM and end at 9:30 PM on school nights and 10:00 PM in the summer. Come learn about the Civil Air Patrol. Our meetings are held at the Commemorative Air Force Hanger at Lorain County Airport. Here we will discuss the many opportunities and benefits that come with Civil Air Patrol membership, and outline items such as costs and how our Cadet Orientation Program works. If you decide that you want to continue, you can begin your training the next Tuesday night. You will not have to make a final decision on joining until your third week of training.

Now what?

Begin the Cadet Orientation Program

The Cadet Orientation Program is conducted by experienced cadets and takes place at our weekly squadron meetings held on Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 pm. During this time you will process your membership application, receive your basic uniform issue, and begin training on the fundamentals of Cadet life. This program is designed to give you a solid training foundation in the company of other new members so that you can maximize the benefits of your CAP membership. Those that excel in this training and complete the necessary tasks on time will be eligible to test for the grade of Cadet Airman and graduate the Cadet Orientation Program with their first stripe and ribbon.

When I have finished the initial training then what happens?

Once you graduate the Cadet Orientation Program you will hit the ground running as a part of our team, helping us carry on the excellence of the Squadron in our service to the area.

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