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Cadet Sponsor Member

In short, the Cadet Sponsor is a great way to get parents in the door and participating with the unit.  Then it is a really easy transition to Senior Member. 


  • Allows parents to be around the cadets because they have competed cadet protect.
  • Helps with transportation
  • My Cadet Sponsors do all kinds of tasks around the squadron freeing up Senior Members to focus on their Duty Assignments.
  • Cadet Sponsors can be chaperons to events

CAPR 39-2 (

3.5. Cadet Sponsor Members. Cadet sponsor member (CSM) is a membership subcategory established to allow parents, grandparents and guardians of current CAP cadets to assist their unit’s cadet program by providing supervision, transportation, overnight chaperons and any other CADET related tasks deemed necessary and proper by the unit commander.

3.5.1. A cadet sponsor member is a financial supporter who maintains current membership through payment of annual dues, but does not participate in any capacity except as outlined below. CSMs will pay reduced national membership dues (see attachment 1 for actual amount required). They are exempt from paying region, wing or squadron dues. They receive a specially annotated membership card. CAPR 39-2 28 December 2022 17 They must be assigned to the same unit as their cadet child, grandchild or ward. They must complete Level I and Cadet Protection Program training prior to associating in any way with CAP cadets. They may ride in or drive a corporate vehicle after receiving a CAP motor vehicle operator identification card in accordance with CAPR 77-1 and in support of their approved tasks. They may ride (as a passenger only) on CAP air transportation if available. CSMs may not act as crew members of CAP or privately owned aircraft in support of CAP events or missions. They may wear any of the CAP distinctive uniforms if desired (and approved by unit commander). However, CSMs may not wear the Air Force-style uniform. If they do not wear a uniform, they will wear clothing appropriate for the circumstances. CSMs will not earn CAP rank, awards or decorations. Their membership stays in effect until their cadet leaves the CAP program for any reason.

3.5.2. Membership Eligibility. CSMs must be a parent, grandparent or legal guardian of an active CAP cadet and meet all the regular active member eligibility criteria outlined in paragraph 3.2. All prospective members must meet the Unit Membership Board as outlined in paragraph 1.5. 

3.5.3. Application Procedures. Individuals applying for CSM must complete a CAPF 12, annotated in red across the top “CADET SPONSOR.” They must also indicate the full name and CAP ID of the cadet member he or she is supporting on the CAPF 12. The unit commander must submit a FD Form 258, FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card, and a check for membership dues to National Headquarters with the application after approval. Commanders must also validate the individual’s proof of identity and annotate the membership application accordingly. Acceptable documents for proof of identity are the same documents required on the Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification. See attachment 2 for a list of these documents. Applicants for cadet sponsor membership must also agree to adhere to the Oath of Membership contained on the CAPF 12. Once the application is processed by National Headquarters, the sponsor member will receive a specially annotated membership card.

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