Join as a cadet

Are you aged 12 to 17 and interested in joining the squadron…?

Well, a lot of cadets get invited down for the first time by a friend, but don’t worry about turning up on your own. You’re very welcome to come and visit us on any Monday or Thursday parade evening. The squadron’s a great place to meet people. Bring your parents or a friend if you like. Have a look around. Chat to one of the staff and some of the cadets. Get your parents to do a bit of paperwork and then, most importantly, get involved! We want everyone who comes down to get stuck in straight away. the RAF Air Cadets is an equal opportunities organisation. If you are physically disadvantaged or have other personal challenges, we like to think there is something here that you will excel at and enjoy. Don’t be put off , come and give it a try!.

We have recruit intakes several times each year. Initially, you will join the squadron’s Recruit Flight and spend the first four parade nights learning about the squadron and gaining a basic knowledge of 2324 and the activities we do on a parade night. Best of all, you’ll start with a group of people just like you and get to know them all as you train.

After this initial period you will complete your First Class training which all members of the Air Training Corps (ATC) complete over a period of six months in a series of practical and theory lessons which allow you to go flying, gliding and shooting and offer many other activities some of which you can see on this site.

With three months’ experience on the squadron you will be issued with your uniform (free of charge) and you will be enrolled on to the squadron. As you progress, in age and experience, more opportunities become available to you.

Come and visit us on any Monday or Thursday evening or just complete the contact us form on the recruitment drop down.


Join as an adult volunteer

Over 20?  Seeking a new challenge?  Would you like to develop skills, leadership qualities and gain qualifications too?

At Air Cadets, we constantly assess our past achievements, implement changes to meet the challenges of today and make plans for the future. And a huge part of that planning is you. As the backbone of our organisation we’re always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying or gliding, you would be particularly welcome. These aren’t essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.

That said, you’ll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn’t be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!

Are you Officer or SNCO material?

We rely on our volunteers to help us operate as effectively as possible. Being well organised is an obvious must, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, and an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.

Really show your skills in these areas and you could end up taking on more responsibility and moving up through the ranks as an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO). Of course, first you have to join as a Civilian Instructor and then have selection interviews at Wing HQs and Regional HQs but we guide you through that… if you have the potential then we’ll spot it!

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