Q1- How do I transition from being a Cadet to being a Senior Member
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Q1. How do I transition from being a Cadet to being a Senior Member?
A1. CAP Regulation 39-2 dated 9 January 2017 Civil Air Patrol Membership states the following general procedures:
3.2.5. Procedures for Cadets Transferring to Active Status. After reaching age 18, cadets desiring to transfer to active member status may do so by simply forwarding a CAPF 12 and a FBI fingerprint card to National Headquarters (a copy of the CAPF 12 should also be forwarded to the wing headquarters). The form will be annotated across the top as follows: “Cadet to ACTIVE – No Charge.” When the application is received by National Headquarters, the cadet will be transferred to active member status for the duration of his or her current membership year, after which time the member will be billed as an active membership renewal. NOTE 1: If the cadet’s membership is due for renewal at approximately the same time the application for active membership is made (within two months), than the applicant should include new active membership dues with the application to ensure continuous service. (See attachment 1 and the chart posted online at www.capmembers.com/dues for actual dues amount required.) In this case, wing dues will be forwarded directly to the wing. NOTE 2: Within two months of their 21st birthday, cadets will receive an invitation to transfer to active membership along with a CAPF 12 and fingerprint card. Cadets who have not transferred to active member status prior to their 21st birthday, will have their membership transferred to patron status for the duration of the member year or until they complete the transfer to active member.
The following special circumstances have these stated procedures in the same regulation:
2.5 Upon Joining the Armed Forces. Cadets who join any branch of the active duty Armed Forces (this does not include military service academies) will furnish CAP/DP written notification along with a CAPF 12 and FD Form 258 (see sample at attachment 5), at which time they will be automatically transferred to active membership status. Additional membership dues are not required for the duration of the current membership year; they will be billed as active member renewals. Note: Cadets who join the National Guard or Reserves are not required to become active upon attending “basic training.” Regardless of the wording of the orders, “basic training” is not interpreted by CAP as “extended active duty.” However, National Guard or Reserve members who enter “extended active duty” are not eligible to be cadets and must become active members. Individuals who join the Armed Forces under the delayed enlistment program are not required to become active members until such time as they actually report for duty.
2.6 Marriage. Married cadets who reach age 18 as well as cadets who marry after age 18, will furnish CAP/DP written notification along with a completed CAPF 12 and FD Form 258 fingerprint card at which time they will be transferred automatically to active membership status. Additional membership dues are not required for the duration of the current membership year; however, upon expiration of the membership year, they will be billed as active member renewals.
Next week’s question. What credit will I receive for achievements earned during my cadet career?