The Air Training Corps is the largest uniformed youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Cadets aged between 12 & 20 participate in a range of different and exciting activities such as flying, gliding, shooting, camps, adventure training, military drill, first aid, leadership and much more!
Below is a summary of some of the activities you can expect to do during your time in the Air Cadets
Gliding & Flying
Cadets fly the Grob Tutor and glide in the Grob Viking. The aircraft are flown by current and retired RAF officers and the best part is you get to learn to fly and control the aircraft by yourself with experienced pilots! You can also apply for flying scholarships and grants to enable cadets to earn their pilot licences and develop their flying further.
Annual camps normally take place in the summer holidays, where you get the chance to go away for a week to an RAF station. This will give you the chance to experience life on a military base and conduct activities such as flying/gliding, shooting, visits on base and local area. We also do overseas camps too such as Gibraltar, Cyprus, Germany and the International Air Cadet Exchange.
As an Air Cadet you will be given the opportunity to participate in target shooting and clay pigeon shooting, supervised by qualified instructors. You'll be taught initially on the L144 .22 Rifle and then at the age of 14 may advance onto the L98A2 Cadet General Purpose Rifle, which is based of the British Army SA80. Marksmanship Badges are awarded once you achieve certain scores.
You'll be able to participate in adventure training activities as an air cadet, which includes activities such as archery, gorge walking, caving, mountaineering, skiing, parachuting, scuba diving, canoeing & kayaking and so much more!
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The RAFAC is one of the largest authorities of the DofE Award in the world and is open to all cadets. There are 4 levels available in the RAFAC; Blue, Bronze, Silver & Gold. Each level of the award consists of four sections, and an extra section for Gold. All these sections can be completed while attending Air Training Corps activities and include Skills, Physical and Expedition sections. Learn more
Fieldcraft training consists of teaching you the skills necessary to survive in a field environment. Skills you will learn include, but are not limited to; Field Cooking, Camouflage & Concealment, Stealth Movement, Use of Webbing and Construction of Shelters. Upon completing the training, you will be given the chance to go on day and night exercises.
You will get the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports including; Football, Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Cross Country, Athletics & Swimming. You will be able to play at Inter-Squadron level or even advance towards Inter-Wing and Inter-Region level, where you may even get the chance to compete on behalf of the entire organisation.
Training and Leadership
One of the most important things you will get out of the ATC is the skills and knowledge you learn and develop. Leadership & Teamwork are not only vital within cadets, but also within your future careers. You'll study an aviation related syllabus which will teach you about aviation topics and develop your leadership skills alongside. Upon completion of the cadet classification syllabus, you will be awarded the Master Air Cadet badge and a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aviation Studies.