• Squadron Band

    The Squadron Maintains a very active pipe band. If you have a talent for music, or you would like to try something new, then why not try the band?

  • Flying

    If you want to learn to fly, then the air cadets is the best place to start. Not only do we train you in avation studies, and get you flying but you can also go on flying scholarships that count towards a private pilots licence.

  • Gliding

    Have you ever wanted to try one of the simplest forms of flying? The Air Cadets sends hundreds of young people gliding every year, and with a Gliding Scholarship you can fly solo at in a glider at the age of 16! Even before you can drive!

FAQ - More FAQ


Would being a cadet help towards a career in the military?

Well we aren't a recruiting service, but yes your achievements can help you when applying to the Armed Forces, and the qualifications you can gain at cadets can help you get a civilian job and even help you continue with further education.

How strict is it?

We are a uniformed, military organisation and do expect cadets to be well behaved and be disciplined when required, but there is still plenty of time for fun!

How much flying can I do with the ATC?

Each cadet is allocated a minimum of one flying and one gliding slot per year in ATC aircraft, although in reality this is much higher. Flying at camps is no included in this quota, where you may get the chance to fly in additional RAF aircraft. There are opportunities to do more advanced flying in the form of a Gliding Scholarship where cadets have one-on-one training in a glider, and if competent fly the aircraft solo. Further opportunities are the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme or the Air Cadet Navigation course. Other flying scholarships are avalable through the ATC.

When can I join?

We run four intake sessions a year, in January, April, July and October. Check the home page or contact us to find out when the next one is!

Is there a uniform?

Yes, the ATC is a uniformed organisation. Cadets are issued with all the uniform they need bar boots and shoes for hygiene reasons, so they are the only part you will have to purchase. However, both can be bought from the squadron and exchanged when too small (provided they're in a serviceable condition).

What does the enrollment involve?

After completing your 3 months of basic training, you will be formally admitted as a member of the Air Training Corps. The whole squadron will parade together, and you will be presented with you record of service book (3822), and complete an oath of service to the Corps. Parents will usually be invited to this parade, as it happens on a squadron night, and once complete it opens up a whole range of opportunities for you.

How many uniforms are there?

Following our parent organisation the RAF, we have a number of different uniforms worn on different occasions. The normal working dress is your dark blue shirt, RAF trousers and jumper (but we drop the jumper in summer). This is the normal uniform you will wear. On formal parades, however, you will swap the dark blue shirt for a light blue Wedgwood shirt and black tie. Sometimes, particularly if you might get wet or muddy, you'll wear your CS95 Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM), or greens for short. This is the camoflauged green uniform the Armed Forces wear on operations. When we have sports, you'll bring your own sports kit to wear, and when flying you'll be issued with a flying suit or coveralls.

Do parents have to get involved?

Not at all. Some parents like to know more about what their son/daughter gets up to though, so often they join the Civilian Committee, or occasionally join as squadron staff. Equally, some parents are glad to have some peace and quiet, and are happy for their child to have the chance to attend the various activities we run!

What if I need time away from Cadets?

That's fine. We understand the pressure of schoolwork, if you're ill, or just going on holiday. We do ask you notify us though, simply out of courtesy and so we can factor your absence into our program.

When do you meet?

Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 1900-2130 hours, and there's nearly always something going on at a weekend to get involved in. We're open every Tuesday and Thursday of the year, excluding Bank Holidays, and we also have a break around Christmas time, but we're open throughout the rest of the year, including over school holidays.

To see the rest of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) click here.

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