Want to learn more about Civil Air Patrol?

Are you an adult looking for a way to give back to your community?

Might your son or daughter be interested in our Cadet Program?

Interested in learning how Civil Air Patrol may be able to help open doors for your son or daughter for college?

McChord Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

1155 Barnes Blvd

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Map)

Tuesday evenings of each month

1900 - 2100


Contact McChord Composite Squadron, Recruiting & Retention

Email: mcchordafb@wawg.cap.gov

Note: Arrangements need to be made to sponsor non-DoD personnel on base. Standard Washington Drivers Licenses do not meet Federal ID standards.

JBLM Access Requirements

Join as a Cadet

Becoming a Civil Air Patrol cadet (ages 12 - 18) is a rewarding experience, full of opportunities you won’t find anyplace else. Joining is easy. It begins by first attending three meetings to ensure that you have a good sense of the program.


The first step to become a Civil Air Patrol cadet is to attend a squadron open house. These are scheduled most first Tuesdays of a month (see Home Page for next open house date). There is no obligation to join by attending. You actually cannot sign up on this night. Come with your parents and meet the squadron leadership, participate in a presentation that outlines all the benefits and opportunities that come with being a cadet. You’ll get to discuss the Civil Air Patrol with current cadets so you’ll come away with a good understanding of the program.

2: Week Two

After you attend the open house, come back the next week. This second week is designed for prospective cadets only, not for parents. You’ll form a flight with all the other prospective cadets and you’ll start the process of learning what it’s like to be a cadet. You’ll be introduced to drill as well as participate in a Team Leadership Problem (TLP), which is designed to get the flight to work together as a team.

3: Week Three

This is the last of the three meetings that you must attend before you sign up. This night includes uniform sizing, and a parent Q&A session where parents and prospective cadets are able to ask further questions of the squadron leadership. Cadets should bring proof of legal U.S. residence. At the end of this meeting, cadets will sign up and become members of the Civil Air Patrol.

Join as a Senior Member

Attend a Meeting

Like with Cadets, the only way for an adult to be able to tell if they're going to be a good fit in CAP, or in a particular unit, is to join us for a meeting and meet our members. Prospective members are welcome to join us during any meeting, and you can help us prepare to show you around by sending an email to mcchord@wawg.cap.gov to let us know that you plan on attending a meeting for the first time. You can see our Squadron Calendar page for more information.

To find out more, please check out our Adult Membership Page.