Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is known for its emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education which is overseen by CAP adults members, known as Senior Members. To support these three missions more pilots and aircrew are always needed. However, adult 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, entrepreneurs, and other business professionals and executives. Police officers, teachers, mechanics, cooks, parents, and really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership.
In emergency services and operations CAP not only needs 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 get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions. When real emergencies happen people to fill all of these positions are needed in order effective support requesting agencies.
CAP cadets are tomorrow’s leaders and adults are needed 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, as well as moral and ethical decision making. Adults willing to step up and help run this program are instrumental in providing a healthy, drug-free environment to develop today’s youth into responsible successful adults of tomorrow.
Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets. Senators and congressman, CEOs and corporate executives, astronauts and many others that credit their success to CAP and the adult members who provided guidance.
CAP also 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.
Adult volunteers make CAP happen and there is a place for any interested adult to join and help CAP missions.
Are you ready to join McHenry County Composite Squadron? If so please visit our “Join CAP” for your next steps.
And, be sure to visit our “Volunteer Opportunities” page for some of the position descriptions.