Civil Air Patrol

How to Join

Step 1. Find a local CAP squadron

Step 2. Contact the squadron
Call and/or email the unit contact person and confirm the meeting date, time and location. You can also take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about membership eligibility. Keep in mind that the phone number or email posted is often the personal contact information for the CAP member. All of our members are volunteers and try to respond to membership inquiries as soon as possible, so please give them a few days to respond.

Unit Contact: 1Lt. Joe Gleason
Contact Phone: 248-343-4291
Contact e-mail:
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Step 3. Attend a meeting
The best way to learn more about CAP is to attend a meeting. You’ll have a chance to see how meetings are run and what types of activities are available. You should visit all the squadrons that are convenient to you. Each squadron has a different leadership, culture and volunteer opportunities. Typically you will attend three meetings before completing your membership application.

Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program is organized around four main program elements:


CAP introduces cadets to Air Force perspectives on leadership through classroom instruction, mentoring and hands-on learning. First, cadets learn to follow, but as they progress, they learn how to lead small teams, manage projects, think independently and develop leadership skills they can use in adult life. Popular leadership activities include color guard, public speaking and team leadership problems.

Cadets learn to lead and conquer challenges as a team.


CAP inspires in youth a love of aviation, space and technology. Cadets study the fundamentals of aerospace science in the classroom, and experience flight first-hand in CAP aircraft. Summer activities allow cadets to explore aerospace-related careers. Popular. aerospace activities include model rocketry, satellite tracking and hands-on projects.

Wheres the best place to study aerospace? The flight deck.


CAP encourages cadets to develop a lifelong habit of regular exercise. The Cadet Program promotes fitness through calisthenics, hiking, rappelling, volleyball, competitions and other activities. A comprehensive fitness test is aligned with the President’s Challenge and is based on age, gender, and cadet rank.

Being a cadet means getting yourself into shape and growing stronger.


CAP challenges cadets to live the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. Through character forums, cadets discuss ethical issues relevant to teens. CAP also encourages cadets to promote a drug free ethic in their schools and communities.

Cadets dont just honor America, they solidify their character.

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Through Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program, young people develop leadership skills, investigate the fundamentals of aerospace science, acquire the habit of exercising regularly, solidify their character, and participate in exciting hands-on activities that prepare them to become responsible citizens. Thousands of young people from 12 through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and character development.

Whatever your interests survival training, flight training, leadership; there’s a place for you in the Bulldog Squadron’s CAP cadet program. Each year, our squadron cadets participate in special activities at the local, state, regional and national level.

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