The squadron meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 19:00 until 21:30 (Approximately)
What is the Air Cadets ?
The Air Cadets or Air Training Corps (ATC)
is a British youth organisation
partially sponsored by the Ministry of Defence
and the Royal Air Force
. A Full Time Reserve Service RAF officer serves as Commandant Air Cadets
at the rank of Air Commodore
. The majority of staff are volunteers. Although many Air Cadets go on to join the RAF or other services, the ATC is no longer set up as a recruiting organisation
Activities include sport, adventurous training (such as walking and paddle-sports), ceremonial drill, rifle shooting, fieldcraft, powered aircraft and glider flying, and other outdoor activities, as well as classification training leading up to a BTEC
in Aviation Studies. Week-long trips to RAF stations, or camps offering adventure training or music, allow the opportunity for cadets to gain a taste of military life and often to gain some flying experience in RAF gliders and RAF training aircraft such as the Grob Tutor
Cadet membership can begin from the age of 12 and the start of School Year 8 (England and Wales). New members will join as a junior cadet (probationer) and can earn positions of increasing responsibility in a military rank structure, as well as having increasing skill and competence recognised in a classification scheme (First Class, Leading, Senior, Master and Instructor). Service as a cadet ends at the age of 20.
On December 1st 2017 the ACO (Air Cadet Organisation) Rebranded as Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC)
, all Uniformed staff will now wear their badges of ranking but instead of the VR(T)
pips they will wear the RAFAC badges of rank.
The Squadron has: