• 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!


Got questions about joining us? Find answers to the more commonly asked questions below. For anything not answered, please contact us.

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.

The Squadron has a Pipe and Drum Band which meets on Monday Evenings from 19.30 to 21.30 which all cadets are eligible to join. Full training will be given and cadets are able to achieve a BTEC in Music

 How much time will I have to commit?

The more you put into being a cadet, the more you'll get out of it. For the first 3 months after joining, we cover the basic knowledge needed to be a cadet, so it's vital that you attend as much as possible so you don't miss out on anything. After that, ideally we'd like to see you every parade night, but we recognise that sometimes this isn't possible. You have have exams to revise for, family to visit, be unwell or a number of other things, and that's fine. Throughout the year there are a number of events that we'll need maximum attendance at, such as fundraising weekend, Remembrance Day and other formal parades, but other events are down to you.

What will I get out of joining?

Meeting new people with similar interests from across Kent, participating in activities like shooting, flying, fieldcraft, learning self-discipline, the opportunity to live on an RAF station for a week learning how the RAF works, work experiences courses for different jobs in the RAF, rewards and qualifications like being taught first aid, gaining your Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and most of all having fun!

Who can join?

Anyone between 13 and 17.5 can join us, male or female, of any nationality or religion, whether you're interested in a career in the Armed Forces or just want a hobby. However due to training requirements we only take those aged of 16.5 in exceptional circumstances.

How do I contact?

You can email us on the contact page, which has an email form, and a memeber of staff will respond as soon as possible. Alternativly you can call us on 01227 741 310 or you can visit us on any parade night. If you do plan to visit then please email or call the squadron first, as to ensure that your visit is not wasted.

(Please note that phones may only be answered during normal parade times, and responses to emails may take up untill the next parade night to be answered)


How much does it cost?

The first month is free, but after that when you become enrolled it costs £10 of subscriptions per month. This covers insurance, entry into the BTEC in Aviation Studies and enrols you into the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Other camps and courses do have a cost, but it is significantly cheaper than the equivalent school weekend. For example, a week on an RAF Station at summer camp costs £40 (not including spending money, but does include food, visits etc). In addition, we have the Civilian Committee, who act as trustees of money raised by the squadron, and an application to them of financial hardship will see them either part funding or completely funding an event or helping with subscription payments.

Do I have to want to join the RAF?

No, you don't have to have any interest in joining any of the services at all.

What if I'm already a member of the CCF?

There is no problem with a cadet being a member of the CCF and ATC at the same time, where the CCF is compulsory at school.


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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