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Senior Members

Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adult members, known as Senior 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, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and be found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.

Senior Members volunteer to take on any number of positions within the squadron and as they advance, they may also take on positions of responsibility in the Group, Wing, or National level.  When an adult joins CAP, there are a many required and optional training opportunities.  The degree of participation is up to the individual member, but the time, effort, and expertise of our senior members is critical to the success of the Civil Air Patrol.

Specialty Track Selection

When they complete Level-1, senior members have an opportunity to select a specialty track of study.  There are many different jobs available.  Working with their Professional Development Officer (PDO) or commander, they can choose a specialty that aligns their interests and skills with the needs of the unit.  Each specialty has a pamphlet designed to acquaint the reader with what’s expected in the job, and has a checklist to record one’s progression.

Senior Members can choose from the following:

•    200: Personnel Officer
•    201: Public Affairs officer
•    202: Finance Management
•    203: Inspector General 
•    204: Professional Development Officer
•    205: Administrative Officer
•    206: Logistics Officer
•    211: Operations Officer
•    212: Standardization/Evaluation Officer
•    213: Emergency Services Officer
•    214: Communications Officer
•    215: Aerospace Education Officer
•    216: Cadet Programs Officer
•    217: Safety Officer
•    219: Legal Officer
•    220: Health Services (no pamphlet)
•    221: Chaplain
•    222: Command
•    223: Historian
•    225: Character Development Instructor
•    226: Recruiting and Retention Officer
•    227: Information Technology Officer

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