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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ATC?

The Air Training Corps is a voluntary youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force.

With almost 41,000 members, aged from 13 to 19 years, within over 1,000 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country's premier youth organizations and the world's largest youth air training organization. The Cadets are supported by a volunteer Staff of nearly 10,000 plus 5,000 Civilian Committee Members.

What do you do?

The number of activities that the the Air Cadets participate in are too numerous to list but a few are; Sport, Flying experience, Drill, Duke of Edinburgh awards, Adventure training, Social activities, Camping, Target shooting and Community activities.

The Air Training Corps is the largest operator of the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

We meet at the Cadet Centre on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:30pm.  Many activities are run on a Saturday or Sunday.

Don't forget there is also the social aspect as you will meet many new friends.

What do I need to become an Air Cadet?

We are looking for The ATC is open to both male and female cadets between 13 and 19.

Potential cadets will want to take part in outdoor activities, develop leadership skills and have a sense of adventure.

What is in it for me?

The ATC is not a recruiting organization but many members do go on to have careers in the Royal Air Force.

The skills, leadership and team working qualities you will learn and develop can be applied throughout your future social and work life.

The training and awards which can be gained with the ATC are well recognised by many employers and are a valuable addition to any CV.

How much does it cost?

An enrolled cadet will pay £25 per quarter subscription and usually contribute about £50 towards any camps attended. There is no cost to the cadet for most other activities.

Your uniform is free with the exception of parade shoes and combat boots.

What if I want to try the ATC?

If you want to give the ATC a try please contact the squadron as detailed here for an informal visit.

You will join the Squadron as a Junior cadet for a few weeks 'on trial'.  During this time you will be introduced to the Squadron and start on your Basic Training. Throughout this period, until you go into uniform, you will usually not be charged any subscription and will be able to attend most Squadron organised activities; other activities will become available to you as you progress through your membership and the classification system.

During these first few weeks you are free to leave at any point, however, the Squadron will also reserve the right to determine whether your membership would be appropriate. You will be expected to have regular attendance and support the aims of the organization and maintain the standards set.

Above all we expect you to be motivated, enthusiastic and eager to take advantage of all the opportunities in front of you.