What sort of activities do the Air Cadets do?

Cadets participate in a huge variety of activities such as flying, gliding, target shooting, adventure training, sports, camps, drill, academic studies and lots of other things. There’s never a dull moment.

How old must I be to join?

To join the RAF Air Cadets you must be at least 12 years old and in secondary education. The latest age you can be to join the Squadron is 16.

How many times a week does the ATC meet?

The Squadron meets twice a week for parade nights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 19:00 and 21:30hrs.

How long does a Parade night last as I have homework and other commitments?

Each Parade night lasts two hours and 30mins from 19:00 to 21:30hrs. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments. Give it a go – the opportunities are fantastic…

Is there a good balance between the exciting activities and more serious disciplined activities?

Yes, there are lots of opportunities to do fun activities as well as the more serious side of things, but the focus is always on enjoying yourself while improving your skills.

What sort of expeditions can be done through the Air Cadets?

There are a huge amount of expedition opportunities, some overseas, but the most well known and popular option is the Duke of Edinburgh Award which entails overnight expeditions. They’re great fun. But there are lots of other expeditions that pop up regularly.

How much does it cost?

It costs £13.00 each month which is paid by Standing Order to the Squadron. This covers your subscription to the Air Training Corps and help funds Squadron activities and the minibus.

Do I have to buy my own uniform? If so, does it cost a lot?

No, the uniform is issued for free once you have been enrolled but you have to look after it. You will need to purchase your own parade shows and overtime you will buy other equipment as you require it. We try to keep costs down by supplying what we can – i.e DofE equipment.

Is it easy to get on with people and make new friends?

Yes off course! Everyone is very friendly and you always feel welcome as we are all here because we want to be.

How often do you get to go flying?

We try to allow you the opportunity to fly at least once a year either via powered aircraft or by gliding. As some cadets focus on other activities you can often fly much more frequently, it’s fantastic!

What about disabled people - can they join?

Absolutely! If you’re disabled you are very welcome provided your disability doesn’t prevent you from taking part in a reasonable number of activities, or is likely to cause you safety problems. Your local squadron staff will be happy to speak to you about this.