Civil Air Patrol's assets and resources include, but are not limited to, 530 corporate owned aircraft, almost 4,000 member-owned aircraft, 950 ground vehicles and the most extensive communications system in the world. However, the organization's most valuable asset is its volunteers. Including training, members log in excess of 100,000 flying hours each year.


However, you don't have to be a pilot to participate in the Civil Air Patrol. Members serve at many different levels and in many different capacities. One unique aspect of CAP is the training provided to help members fulfill the

responsibilities of  their jobs.


Some of the areas available for members to serve include:


Flight Instruction Communications Administration
Chaplain Historian Aerospace Education
Search and Rescue Logistics Recruiting
Medical Disaster Relief Supply
Safety Finance Government
Transportation Legal Inspections
Personnel Counterdrug Public Affairs
Operations Information Technology


Senior Memberships

Seniors can participate as either active or patron members of the organization. Businesses can support the Civil Air Patrol mission and the Danville Organization through a special membership program.

Senior membership is open to adults 18 years old and older. Active seniors:

  • Participate in search and rescue operations and homeland security

  • Assist federal agencies when disaster strikes

  • Work with youth through cadet programs

  • Support CAP's communications network -- the most extensive in the nation

  • Assist federal agencies in the war on drugs

To prepare the adult members for special missions, CAP provides extensive training and education in more than 20 different fields. Technical training is offered to members in related areas such as flight operations, emergency services and communications. Members can take advantage of additional training in management and executive leadership as they progress through the ranks.

Active Duty Reservists can earn points toward retirement in the CAPRAP program. (Call 334-953-5225 for more information on this benefit.)

CAP Senior patron members support the organization by maintaining a current membership and participating in a limited capacity.

To join the Danville Composite Squadron as a Senior Member, come to the weekly meeting at Danville Regional Airport Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 p.m.  New Membership dues are $61, which includes the new member handbook. Renewal dues are $51.

  Application for Senior Membership (PDF)



Cadet Memberships

CAP Cadet membership is open to young people attending 6th grade through 18 years old. A cadet can remain in the program until age 21. The cadet program provides opportunities to develop leadership skills using the member's interest in aviation. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of aviation and aerospace activities at the local, regional and national levels. CAP national activates focus on a variety of aviation, aerospace, search and rescue, and pararescue courses. CAP cadets can compete for scholarships to help further their education. CAP is proud to report that 10 percent of Air Force Academy appointees are former CAP cadets. In addition, both West Point and Annapolis admit many CAP cadets each year. 


To join the Danville Composite Squadron as a Cadet Member, come to the weekly meeting at Danville Regional Airport Tuesday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. New Cadet Membership dues are $33. Annual renewal is $33.



Cadet Membership Application


Cadet Sponsor Membership

Cadet sponsor is a special membership category that allows parents, grandparents, and legal guardians to participate with their cadets. Cadet sponsors serve as chaperons, provide transportation, and supervise cadets during squadron activities. Cadet sponsors are offered discounted membership dues and have a limited volunteer commitment. To become a Cadet Sponsor Member, fill out the Senior Member Application and write "Cadet Sponsor Member" at the top.


Aerospace Education Memberships

This membership category is designed for members of the educational community who are interested in aerospace education. CAP Aerospace Education members receive more than 33 free educational products for grades K through 12. AEMs are also provided additional materials such as lesson plans, teaching strategies and techniques and a newsletter.


CAP sponsors the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, an annual gathering of educators dedicated to furthering aerospace education. Recognized as the premier educational symposium of its kind in the nation, the congress is held in a different part of the country each year.