We’ve compiled a list of the most popular questions here. If you want to know something that is not listed, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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.
How old must I be to join?
You can join when you’re 12 and in Year 8 at school. You must have joined by your 17th birthday. You can remain a cadet until you’re 20.
How many times a week does the ATC meet?
We meet twice a week. Squadrons meet on different days of the week; contact your local Squadron for more information.
How long does an Air Cadet session last as I have homework and other commitments?
Each parade lasts around two and a half hours. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments.
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’s Award which entails overnight expeditions. They’re great fun. But there are lots of other expeditions that pop up regularly.
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 may have to buy your own shoes and boots though!
Is it easy to get on with people and make new friends?
Yes! Everyone is very friendly and you always feel welcome. As we’re all cadets we have loads in common.