FAQ

Below is a small list of Frequently Asked Questions. If the question you wish to ask isn’t included below, please feel free to contact us via the ‘Contact’ page.

How old do I need to be to join ?

You can join us as a cadet from age 12 (in Year 8), the upper age limit for cadet recruits is 17. You must cease cadet service by your 20th Birthday.

We accept adult staff volunteers from the age of 20, there is no upper age limit for Civilian Instructors but it is normal for uniformed staff retire at 55.

Do you wear a uniform ?

Yes, cadets and uniformed staff wear a blue uniform based on that of our parent service, the RAF. You will be taught how to wear this uniform correctly and how to properly maintain it.

How much does it cost ?

The squadron charges a small monthly subscription of £7 per calendar month. The uniform (except footwear and CS95/MTP-PCS) is provided free of charge. Flying, gliding and shooting activities are also all provided free of charge. There may be a small charge levied for other activities (for example Adventure Training activities and Camps), but we endeavour to keep costs to a minimum.

When do you meet ?

The squadron has two parade nights per week, these are Tuesday (19:00 – 21:30) and Friday (19:00 – 21:30), most activities take place on the weekends.

How often do Cadets get to fly ?

We aim to offer every cadet at least one experience flight per year, this could be either powered flying or gliding. Older cadets have the opportunity to apply for various flying and gliding courses, many of which will teach you to solo standard. See the ‘Activities‘ section of the website for more details.

Do Cadets have to fly ?

No, we know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun. We have plenty of other activities for you to choose from where you can keep both feet firmly on the ground.

Do Cadets have to join the military ?

Absolutely not ! Although we are run along military lines and are sponsored by the RAF, cadets have no obligation to subsequently join the armed forces. However if you do have a forces career in mind, the Air Cadets will give you invaluable experience and skills that will help your application.

What experience do I need to join as member of staff ?

None what so ever, all we look for is a mature attitude and bags of enthusiasm.

How do you ensure Cadets and staff are kept safe?

Your child’s safety is your primary concern when they join an organisation and take part in activities, it is also the concern of every staff member in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. We view safety as three key areas and more detail on each can be found by clicking on the link: