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The Barrow-Jackson Composite Squadron is a "Composite Squadron" which means we have offerings for both "Cadets" and "Senior Members".
Cadet members are youth, aged 12-21 that gain practical leadership experience, achieve rank and grade, learn about customs and courtesies and they gain an introduction to military lifestyle.
We encourage you to visit our unit meetings on Thursday evenings from 1815-2045 at 841 Ronald Wood Way in Winder, GA. This is the Army National Guard Aviation Unit at the far end of the Airport. Just use the speaker by the gate, or call the Security Office (number is posted on the gate) and let them know you are visiting Civil Air Patrol.
Additionally we welcome potential new members to visit our neighboring units to make sure we are the right fit for you.
The closest other local units include:
Gwinnett Composite Squadron
Clarke County Composite Squadron
Gainesville Composite Squadron
Persons over age 18 that are interested in serving their community in a variety of what we call "specialty tracks" and "duty positions". These positions include: communications, logistics, finance, legal. cadet programs, aerospace education, mission pilot etc. The possibilities for a potential senior member are nearly endless and we recommend speaking with us at a meeting to discuss the right specialty track for you. If you feel CAP is a good fit for you, we will then set up a time for you to meet with our membership review board. Membership dues for Senior Members are $60 annually and some initial uniform and equipment expenses should be expected. There is also a $20 annual unit dues collected upon joining and then every July. Those interested in getting more information on a Senior Membership are encouraged to visit the unit or contact our Deputy Commander for Seniors, LtCol Bruce Lindsey.
Interested applicants for a cadet membership should contact the Deputy Commander for Cadets Capt Brian Johnston to schedule an orientation and interview. At the conclusion of that orientation a cadet recruit will be assigned to the training element where he will attend a minimum of three meetings. Once the recruit has attended three meetings another interview will take place with the Deputy Commander, the recruit should bring a completed and signed application and if approved the recruit will begin the Cadet Great Start Program.
Perhaps the most frequently asked question with regard to cadet recruits is "How much does it cost?" This is a fair and understandable question to ask, and a very difficult one to answer. Annual Cadet membership dues are $30, which includes basic membership, access to online education and testing tools, the first Blues uniform shirt, pants and cover. Other initial expenses include footwear, BDUs, PT gear, special activity fees and expenses etc. We have found that the first two years of CAP are the most expensive due to initial uniform costs; however when considering the value for the money spent parents are usually very satisfied. Expect to spend around $100-$200 the first year on uniform supplies and another $50-$100 each year thereafter for supplies and equipment. Special Activities are typically subsidized and are very reasonable, for example Summer Encampment covers and entire week of food, lodging and activities for between $125 and $150. There is a $20 annual unit member dues for Cadets and Senior Members collected upon joining and then every July.
We expect cadets and senior members to attend as often as possible; however we also understand that family comes first, vacations are important and so are school related functions. We meet weekly on Thursdays for two and one half hours plus special activities on weekends and in the Summer. The most important thing for us is open and frequent communication for any planned absences.
The benefits of a CAP career are as varied as they are great and you truly will get out of CAP what you are willing to put into it. From advanced grade upon enlistment, orientation flights, scholarships to practical leadership and problem-solving experience a CAP Cadet is ahead of the pack when compared to his/her peers.
CAP is an all volunteer group, and that includes cadets. While we have found that many people who join CAP stick with CAP for life they do so because they WANT to. You are under no legal obligation to CAP or the US Air Force if you join CAP; however we do ask that, like with any commitment in life, you give it your all and give us an opportunity to help you achieve a lifetime member status.