Professional Development

Senior membership has nothing to do with retirement age. In fact, a senior member in the Civil Air Patrol is anyone who is over twenty-one years old, or who joined CAP for the first time past the age of eighteen. There is no retirement age, and no physical requirements for joining. While it is not a requirement for membership, Senior Members are provided with their own professional development program and are encouraged to progress within it. Progression in the Senior Member Program is a requirement for promotion for those Senior Members that are not simply using their current or former military grades within CAP.
The Senior Member Program consists of five levels and each has components of leadership training, corporate familiarization, and aerospace education, as well as professional development within chosen 'Specialty Tracks'. There are many Specialty Tracks, and they are designed to both support the organization and to provide opportunities for Senior Members to take advantage of skills they have from their private lives. Available Specialty Tracks include Logistics, Communications, Cadet Programs, Legal, Administration, Emergency Services and Finance; there are many more.
Senior Members provide a vital roll in the Civil Air Patrol. Many tasks with in Civil Air Patrol such as mission air crew and ground team leaders require senior member status. These positions provide an important part of the Civil Air Patrols' mission as seen in the immediate aftermath of 911 and today with Homeland Security missions.
Looking for a fun way to help train the leaders of tomorrow? Looking for something more exciting to do on the weekends? Contact the Deputy Commander for Seniors


Level I Requirements:
: Level 1 Orientation, Select a Specialty Track
Time-In Grade: Need 6 months as a Senior Member to become eligible for 2Lt

Level II Requirements:
Complete: Officer Basic Course (OBC), Squadron Leadership School (SLS), Technician Rating (any specialty track)
Time-In Grade: Need 18 months as a 2Lt to become a 1Lt

Level III Requirements:
Complete: Corporate Learning Course (CLC), Senior Rating (any specialty track), Attend 2 major Conferences (Wing, Region or National), serve at least one year in a staff or command position, and earn the Yeager Award
Time-In Grade: Need 30 months as a 1Lt to become a Capt

Level IV Requirements:
Complete: Region Staff College (RSC), Master Rating (any specialty track), Serve in a staff position for 2 continuous years, serve as a staff officer or director for a larger CAP event, Public Presentation to non-CAP group
Time-In Grade: Need 4 years as a Capt to become a Major

Level V Requirements:
Complete: National Staff College (NSC), Serve in a staff position for 3 continuous years, Serve as a staff member or director of a CAP course or educational event OR at a conference, and Mentor a junior officer or NCO through Technician Rating in any Specialty Track
Time-In Grade: Need 5 years as a Major to become a Lt Col