Cadets - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where are the meetings?
2. When are the meetings?
3. What is Civil Air Patrol?
4. Why should I join?
5. When can I sign up?
6. What will I be doing as a member?
7. Are there other activities besides the weekly meetings?
8. Is it expensive?
9. Why do you wear military style uniforms?
10. Additional Questions?


Where are the meetings?

Squadron 44 holds regular meetings every Monday (except major holidays) at 1845 (6:45pm local time). The meetings are held at the airport clubhouse (200 Sally Ride Drive) at the Buchanan Field Airport in Concord.

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When are the meetings?

Every Monday night (except major holidays) from 1845 (6:45pm) to 2115 (9:15pm).

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What is Civil Air Patrol?

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was created on 1 December 1941 by Administrative Order 9, with Maj. Gen. John F. Curry as the first CAP national commander. The organization was originally formed to provide civilian air support to aid the war effort of World War II through border and coastal patrols, military training assistance, courier services and other activities. These efforts were recognized and, after the close of the war, Civil Air Patrol was transferred from the United States Army to the newly formed Air Force. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization of volunteers and declared to be of a benevolent nature, never again to be involved in direct combat activities.

Since that time, Civil Air Patrol has carried out three congressionally-mandated objectives: emergency services (including search and rescue operations), aerospace education for youth and the general public, and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, it has been tasked with assisting the United States Department of Homeland Security, and also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.

More history of Civil Air Patrol can be found here.

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Why should I join?

Members of Civil Air Patrol join for a variety of reasons. Many are interested in pursuing one of our three missions; Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education. Information about those can be found here.

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When can I sign up?

We require all prospective members to attend a minimum of three meetings before we will endorse and submit their application. For Cadet prospects, it is also necessary for the parents to attend (at least) one meeting and meet with members of our Cadet Programs Staff. Also, Cadets must be at least 12 years old to join.

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What will I be doing as a member?

If you are a Cadet member, you will be pursuing the accomplishment of progressing through the Cadet grades. Each Cadet grade comes with additional responsibility. For a list of Cadet grades and achievements, look here: Grade Insignias.

If you are a Senior Member (adult), you will be responsible for the welfare of Cadets. All Senior Members must submit to a background check. They must also submit a fingerprint card with their application for membership. Senior Members play a vital role in the Cadet Program as they must be present at all Cadet activities and with Cadets at all times during weekly meetings in order to supervise. Talk to one of our Cadet Programs Officers (Staff) to get more information.

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Are there other activities besides the weekly meetings?

Yes! There are MANY other activities to attend. CAP participates in Airshows, the Integrated Leadership Program, and other programs including Encampment, National Cadet Special Activities, Emergency Services Training and Missions, Communications Training, Conferences, and many more.

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Is it expensive?

Every volunteer program, CAP included, comes with its costs. As a member, there are yearly dues to National Headquarters. These dues go towards bettering the program at the National and Wing level. There are also Squadron dues.

For a limited time, new Cadet members may order a free pair of Blues when they first join CAP. Follow the instructions located at this link to order your Cadet Blues Uniform. However, Cadets must purchase the Air Force Airman Battle Uniform (ABU). These uniforms may sometimes be purchased from the squadron at little to no cost if previously worn inventory is available.

In addition to those costs, many activities outside of the regular meetings will have a small fee to pay for meals, billeting, etc. Overall, CAP involvement costs roughly the same as many sports programs. Details are available at our Squadron meetings.

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Why do you wear military style uniforms?

CAP uses uniforms to promote teamwork and develop self-discipline. The uniform motivates Cadets to set high standards for themselves and to live their core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect. Additionally, Cadets practice military customs and courtesies as part of their leadership training.

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Additional Questions?

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.

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