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Join as a Cadet

So, are you ready to take the first step towards all the opportunities and benefits that the air cadets can offer you?

It's important to know that we're not a recruiting organisation for the Services (but it's great if you decide you want to join later on). We're not interested in anything but you and your potential, and will help you get the most from your experience as a cadet.

Worried about fitting in? Equality is a central part of the Air Cadets’ ethic. The cadet experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, background or ability, whether you're male or female, if you're between 13, or at age 12 when beginning school year 8 (England & Wales), S2 (Scotland) Yr 9 (Northern Ireland) and 17 years old you can join us.

The maximum age for entry is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 12th and 17th birthday. If you are above that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer. Find out more on in our Volunteer Section.

What's in it for You?

Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an air cadet is its own reward - you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DoE Awards. You'll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what's on offer you won't need much persuading!

We have high standards to maintain as we are a 'military' youth organisation and you'll naturally take pride in your uniform (we supply that) and appearance. You'll be well mannered and self-disciplined. You'll be joining an organisation of which you’ll be very proud.

After Joining

After joining the squadron, all cadets embark on a 3 month initial training programme. During which they will receive their cadet uniform. This programme includes studying: Air cadet history, RAF history, Initial Expedition Training, Communications, Airmanship, Map reading and History of flight.

Upon completion of initial training, all cadets achieve their First Class badge and join the squadron's main flight.

After Initial Training - Main Stream

After cadets have completed initial training, they join main stream cadets. The image below shows an overview of what actvities are available to cadets, and roughly when during their cadet career they can take part.


Still Interested?

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