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Senior Member Overview

Hanscom Composite Squadron is recognized one of the leading squadrons in the Massachusetts Wing, an accomplishment we are very proud of. By performing homeland security, humanitarian missions and developing our country's youth, the squadron is comprised of a dedicated team of professional volunteers who are proud to be serving America.

Our senior members join Civil Air Patrol for a variety of reasons and senior membership of the Civil Air Patrol provides  a variety of opportunities. Our members join to fly, work as a ground team member, work with cadets, become an aerospace education officer, or to take advantage of the many other opportunities in CAP.

If you are a licensed pilot, you can become a Mission Transport Pilot, transporting supplies, equipment and personnel to needed locations. You can also train to become a Mission Pilot, where you will be qualified to fly search and rescue missions. Other aircrew positions include Mission Observer and Scanner, both crucial to the search and rescue effort.

If flying is not your thing,  there are many other opportunities open to you within the Civil Air Patrol. You could consider becoming a Ground Team Member. In this specialty, you will be trained to search for downed aircraft, missing persons, or an errant ELT signal.

Current areas of service for seniors within the Civil Air Patrol are:

  • Emergency Services

  • Cadet Programs

  • Aerospace Education

Within the areas of service that are a number of jobs (or what we call specialty tracks) available to our senior members.

Senior members pick up to five specialty tracks and then begin training within those specialty tracks. The specialty track selection process allows you to determine the CAP duty assignment you desire and figure out what training you need. You can choose whatever you want to study and change it later if you wish.

CAP realizes that most senior members have little time for classroom tasks, so the program relies heavily on the “on-the-job” training concept utilizing specialty track study guides.

Current Specialty Tracks open to seniors within the Civil Air Patrol are:



Organizational Excellence

Aerospace Education

Flight Operations


Cadet Programs

Health Services

Plans and Programs



Professional Development

Character Development

Information Technology

Public Affairs

Commander designation

Inspector General

Recruiting and Retention Officer




Drug Demand Reduction



Emergency Services



In the Cadet Programs specialty, you will have the opportunity to work with the cadets in accomplishing their goals in the program, and assisting the staff in administering the program.
If you are a teacher, the Aerospace Education specialty provides you with the opportunity to teach the rocket scientists of tomorrow the value of the aerospace field.

Senior Members currently meet at 7:00pm - 9:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, at the Civil Air Patrol building, Hanscom Air Force Base - Bedford Massachusetts

If you have questions about our senior program please feel free to contact us.

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