Senior Members

Deputy Commander for Seniors:  
2nd Lt Jeff Martin

Though Civil Air Patrol (CAP) 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 and/or
cooks, teachers, police officers, clergy, and parents; just about any career or 
background can be useful to and found among those in the ranks of the CAP adult membership.  
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 assist personnel with critical supplies and equipment
in the field that they may 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 in their communities and
our world.  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 mentored them.

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.

Essentially, there is a place for any interested adult to join and help CAP.

What can I do?

Pilots:  from mission pilots who fly sorties in support of search and rescue operations,
disaster relief, or even homeland defense, Civil Air Patrol provides a way to use your
professional skills – or what may be just a hobby for you now – to serve your community.  
When flying CAP missions, we pick up the tab for fuel and maintenance on our fleet of
Cessna 182's and other single-engine aircraft.  We also need Orientation Pilots who introduce
our youth to the higher calling of aviation.

Aircrew:  Are you a photographer or someone who is interested in helping find lost people
and aircraft from the air?  We can use your skill behind the camera or tactical mind as a
mission aircrew member.  We’ll train you and, if you’re available, we’ll send you aloft to
provide eyes in the sky as part of airborne search and rescue teams, disaster-related
damage assessments, or even support to law enforcement.

Emergency Services:  Not all Civil Air Patrol emergency services contributions take place
from the air.  We need adults to serve in and supervise ground search and rescue teams,
to assist in disaster relief efforts, to help staff mission bases and to help train our cadets.  
Use your skill with a map and compass to raise the next generation of first responders, or
put your desire to be a part of the solution to work as a part of our emergency services mission.

Information Technology Professionals:  Civil Air Patrol participates in Cyber Patriot
(click here for more information)
, a middle school and high school-level computer network
defense competition.  This is a critical effort for our nation, as we seek to introduce young
people to the potential for a challenging career in a growing field.

Marketing / Writing:  We’ve been called one of the United States Air Force’s best-kept secrets.  
We can give you the opportunity to use your ability to make a connection with audiences to
help get the word out that we’re a great way to serve the community.  We need people who
can make connections through print, radio, the Internet, and news media.  We can even train
you to help manage the public information needs which arise during a disaster-relief effort
or lost-person search.

Youth Development:  There’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing the development
of our youth into confident and competent leaders.  Worried that our new generations don’t
know how to do anything except text each other in between video games?  Do something
about it by joining an organization whose youth are reaching for the stars.  Be prepared to
be challenged.  We don’t call them kids, we call them cadets.

For more information about the CAP Adult Program, visit our Adults FAQ page. 


          NOTICE for ALL Seniors

All CAP members should complete two copies of the CAPF 160 – one to carry with you and the other to turn into your squadron.  

F160  CAP Member Health History Form  - used for in-resident activities such as encampment.

F161  Emergency Information - replaces CAPF60.

F162  CAP Member Physical Exam Form – used to determine Fitness level for PT testing – restrictions, waivers, etc.

F163  Permission for Provision of Minor Cadet Over-The-Counter Medication Form - used for in-resident activities such as encampment.