Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to ask any other questions or require further information, please contact us and we will get back to you

How old do I have to be to join?

Cadets must be at least 12 years old and 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 choose to advance on to become an Adult SNCO (Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) or even become a Commissioned Officer within the RAFAC. 

Do I have to wear uniform?

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 have to purchase your own parade shoes, boots and MTP-PCS (Camouflage) uniform, however, our primary uniform (blues) is provided free-on-loan.

How much does it cost?

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 while away.

What evenings do we meet?

The Squadron parade nights are on Monday's and Wednesday’s from 18:45 - 21:30, with activities also happening on the weekend.

Do I need to attend both evenings?

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.

What will my first evening be like?

When you arrive 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!

Please add yourself to the Squadron Waiting List ( and we will get back in touch with you as soon as possible with a date when you can join.