Civil Air Patrol

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Join Civil Air Patrol at Galt Airport – McHenry County Composite Squadron

Membership in the Civil Air Patrol is a privilege, not a right. We are looking for individuals eager and dedicated to being part of a team, developing themselves personally and professionally and making the team stronger. We encourage you to visit one of our weekly meetings to find out more about McHenry County Composite Squadron. Please contact our squadron commander, Major Craig Knickerbocker, for more information at

NOTE: ALL senior members submit fingerprints for FBI screening upon joining. In addition, ALL senior members and cadets over 18 must complete CAP’s Cadet Protection Policy Training course before being allowed to work with cadets.

 Cadet Members

To be a cadet member, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 12 years of age through 18 years of age. Cadets have the option to remain in the cadet program until the age of 21.
  • Be enrolled in or graduated from a private or public school or college with a satisfactory record of academic achievement.
  • Be single.
  • Not be a member of the active duty Armed Forces.
  • Be a US citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the US or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the US specifically approved by HQ CAP/DP.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • If a former member of CAP, must not have been terminated for misconduct.
  • Be accepted by the unit and higher headquarters.

Are you ready to become a cadet? If so please follow the process below.

  • Step 1: Visit Your Local Squadron Cadet life is an experience, so prospective cadets must visit their local squadron in-person before joining.
  • Step 2: After the second visit, prospective cadets may apply for membership online, and then local leaders may approve the application after the third visit.
    • To apply for cadet membership online, you will need your unit’s charter number. The unit number for MCCS is GLR-IL-263.
  • Step 3: To apply for Membership To submit an application for cadet membership at the following link…
    • If you have questions contact the MCCS commanding officer at
    • Youth will need a parent or guardian at their side as they complete the online form and make payment via credit card.
    • If there is one person in particular from the squadron that was instrumental in you joining CAP, ask them for their CAPID and enter it on your application so they receive credit.
    • The squadron … commander (or designee) may approve your application after you participate in your third squadron meeting.
  • Step 4: Look for a Welcome Email. Check your email for a note confirming your membership. If your squadron denies your membership application for some reason, you’ll receive word via email and your credit card will be refunded.

 Senior Members (Adults over 18)

To be a senior member, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess the desire, willingness, and capability to promote the objectives and purposes of CAP.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or be a member of the Armed Force on active duty at any age.
  • Be a US citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the US or any lawfully admitted non-citizen residing in the US specifically approved by HQ CAP/DP.
  • Subject to being waived by the Executive Director or the National Commander, any one or more of the following may be the basis for rejection of or loss of membership:
    • Conviction of a felony by any court of record whether federal, state or military.
    • A pattern of arrests and/or convictions including but not limited to sex offenses, child abuse, DUIs, dishonesty or violence.
    • Discharge from the armed services under other than honorable conditions.
    • Falsification of information on the membership application.
    • Previously terminated or non-renewed for cause from membership in CAP.
    • Any other unfavorable information brought to the attention of CAP officials at any level.

 Cadet Sponsor Members

Membership allows parents to participate with their children by serving as cadet chaperon, providing transportation and supervising cadets during squadron activities. Dues are discounted off the regular CAP adult membership and benefits are limited.

 Patron Members

Patron members are financial supporters who maintain current membership through the payment of annual membership dues and participates in a limited capacity as outlined in CAPR 35-1.

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