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 12 (in year 8 at school) 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 don't fit into that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer.

 

Entry Requirements

 

Must be between the age of 12-17.

 

If you are 12 years old you must be in year 8 at school

 

Must have a positive mental attitude.

 

No matter who you are, we will not turn you away*!

 

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.

 

What are you waiting for!

 

We welcome personal visits by potential cadets (ideally accompanied by a parent or guardian), during one of our Parade Nights – these are held twice a week. Just come along and see if you like it - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing.

 

Uniform

 

There are two uniforms the Air Cadets wear. The 'blue' uniform is provided by the RAF at no cost to the cadet (with the exception of shoes and socks/tights).

 

'Greens' are not provided and can be purchased at a reasonable price from a local Army Surplus Store (most of these stores provide a 10% discount to cadets), alternately squadron stores may be able to provide it.

 

Until uniform is issued a cadet will be issued with a set of coveralls to wear. This gives a sense of uniformity and helps prevent damaging a cadets own clothes.

 

Cost

 

Subscriptions are currently priced at £10 per month paid by Direct Debit. This covers insurance for cadet activities, flying and gliding, shooting and many other activities.

 

Camps and other activities are all individually priced and not run to make profit. Any money left at the end of a camp is split up and a refund given.

 

If a cadet has problems paying for anything at any time, they should speak to a member of staff and alternate arrangements can be made.

 

No cadet should miss out due to financial difficulties!

 

*We are sorry the building is a military establishment and does not have disabled access.