This website should cover everything you need to know about getting in and getting on in the Air Cadets, but here are some quick-fire questions that we’re asked all the time.
What sort of activities do the air cadets do?
We get to do 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, we also teach subjects like Principals of flight through to Sat Comms and Airfield layouts – if you do well in subjects you can also gain a Btec and/or NVQ.
How old must I be to join?
You can join when you’re 12 (yr8) and usually leave when you’re 20. The latest age you can be to join is 17.
How many times a week does the ATC meet?
We meet twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays – 1900 to 2130 (7pm until 930pm)
How long does an Air Cadet session last as I have homework and other commitments?
Each session lasts around two hours, usually from seven to nine thirty in the evening. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments. Give it a go – the opportunities are fantastic…
How much does it cost?
It only costs £10 a month to belong to the ATC which is great value for money considering what you get out of it.
Do I have to buy my own uniform? If so, does it cost a lot?
No, the uniform is free but you have to look after it. You will need black sock or dark tights for girls….You have have to buy your own shoes though! We may at times be able to supply “greens aka combats” if we don’t have your size you may have to purchase them
What about disabled people – can they join?
Absolutely! If you’re disabled you are very welcome provided your handicap 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.