Cadets must be at least 12 years old or starting year 8 of secondary school to join the ATC (Air Training Corps). You can stay until you're 20 years old, but unfortunately you cannot join the ATC after you are 17.
Adult Volunteers can join the ATC at 20 years old. You will become a probationary CI (Civilian Instructor) and may chose to advance on to become an Adult SNCO (Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) or even become a Commissioned Officer within the RAFAC.
Yes. You will be issued uniform on loan for free which you will wear while attending ATC activities. Uniform will be issued to you after you have committed to stay as a cadet on squadron. We wear Blues and Greens (Camouflage) uniforms for different activities. Until you get your uniform, wear smart clothes or school uniform, unless told otherwise.
You will need to pay a subscription fee, currently this works out at around £1 per parade night. This covers most activities that we offer, however there are extra fees for camps and overseas visits which normally cost around £30-50 which includes messing, accommodation and activities whilst away.
The Squadron parade nights are on Mondays and Thursdays.
While it is not essential for you to come both evenings it is strongly advised, you will not get as much out of the ATC if you only come once a week and you will miss out on some activities and opportunities.
When you arrive, ideally with your parents or a guardian, one of the squadron staff will sit down and have a chat with you, and will be happy to answer any questions you or your parents/ guardians may have, there are some forms to fill in and some leaflets to take away and read.
We will then assign one of the older cadets to show you around the building, give you a brief introduction and generally help you on your first night. Once you have had your tour and introduction we will teach you a bit about the Air Cadets and some important things you need to know. You will also get to see the first and final parade taking place, in a couple of weeks you will be on parade with the rest of the cadets!
When you come next parade night, you will join the Training Flight and do your initial training with the rest of the new recruits, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone, you will soon make new friends!