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CAF Membership Opportunities

There are many ways to become a member of the CAF. There are options for regular memberships, life memberships, associate memberships and Cadet memberships for young adults aged 13-23. And, as a member of the CAF, you also have the opportunity to join CAF units and get close and personal with aircraft restoration, maintenance and operation.

Becoming a member of the CAF gives you many benefits, including discounts on services and purchases. All membership levels receive these basic benefits:

  • Membership card
  • Monthly magazine Dispatch
  • Free admission to the CAF Airpower Museum

The CAF is a non-profit, tax-exempt historical and educational organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Commemorative Air Force Colonel: $200 per year                                         Join NOW as a Colonel  or  Download application here

As a CAF Colonel, you are eligible to become a member of a CAF Unit or join an aircraft support team. You will also enjoy the privilege of flying in a CAF aircraft on a space-available basis or as a qualified crewmember. In addition to the benefits above, CAF Colonels receive:

  • CAF badge, wings, and commission certificate
  • Gift Shop discounts

Active U.S. Military, Guard and Reserve personnel can join the CAF at the Colonel level for a discounted rate of just $100 the first year. The special rate is for new members only.

Life Member: $2,400       Join NOW as a Life Member

In addition to all the benefits a Colonel receives, Life Memberships also include:

  • Life Member wings, a Life Member card, Life Member plaque
  • Your name on the Life Member boards in the CAF hangar

  Life Members may upgrade to Gold Life Member for $1,000 and receive:

  • Gold name tag
  • Gold on black leather name patch
  • Your name in gold on the Life Member boards in the CAF hangar
  • Art print by Roy Grinnell
CAF Cadets: $45 per year                                                                                    Join NOW as a Cadet  or  Download application here

 Cadet memberships are open to students ages 13 to 23. Benefits include:

  • Cadet badge, wings, and T-shirt and certificate
  • Gift Shop discounts 

Supporting Member: $55 per year                                                                       Join NOW as a Supporting Member  or  Download application here

As an alternative to full CAF membership, you may become a Supporting Member.   You will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Quarterly subscription to magazine Dispatch
  • Free admission to the CAF Airpower Museum
Wing, Squadron or Detachment Membership: $25 to $50 per year (depending on the Unit)

Becoming a Unit member puts you where the action is—close to the aircraft or their operations. CAF Wings and Squadrons are located in 28 U.S. states and four foreign countries and are assigned the responsibility of maintaining aircraft. Detachments are responsible for various disciplines within the CAF, such as Marshalling, Security, Communications, Medical or Explosives Ordnance.

To be a member of a Wing, Squadron or Detachment, you must first be a CAF Colonel, Life Member or Cadet. Unit members often receive additional benefits, including:

  • Unit newsletters
  • Unit-assigned aircraft crew opportunities

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