Should parents join too?
Civil Air Patrol is a great opportunity for parents and children to participate together. While the cadets run their own program, they do it under adult supervision, and there is always plenty of need for support services from the adult members.
There are two ways to join as an adult: As either a Cadet Sponsor or Senior Member. Cadet Sponsors can attend activities and events with cadets. Senior Members also get involved in adult education related to aerospace and emergency services. They can progress through grades from Second Lieutenant to Colonel.
They also can take on Specialty Tracks where they learn about that specialty and progress through three levels: Technician, Senior and Master ratings.