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 to retire at 55.
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.
The squadron charges a small monthly subscription of £10 per calendar month. The uniform (except footwear and 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.
The squadron has two parade nights per week, these are;
Tuesday 19:00 – 21:30
Friday 19:00 – 21:30
Most activities take place on the weekends.
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.
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.
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.
None what so ever, all we look for is a mature attitude and bags of enthusiasm. Experience that you bring is purely an added bonus.
After an initial expression of interest, you will then go through our recruitment and vetting process (which includes police background checks). The process can take up to six months, but this is essential to ensure we safeguard the young persons in our organisation.