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About

The Air Cadets, is a UK-wide cadet force for people between 12 and 20 years of age (joining age between 12 (and year 8 at school) and 17 years of age). This organisation is sponsored and supported by the Royal Air Force which opens a wide list of activities to take part in. Whilst it all sounds like fun and games, the organisation is here to help young people develop skills to help them later in life.

Our stated aims are to:

- Promote and encourage a practical intrest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people.
- Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
- Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

The Air Cadets is not a recruiting organisation for the RAF, but being a member can help a lot. In the RAF, around 40% of officers and 50% of aircrew have been a cadet at some point in their life.

To be a modern, dynamic, sustainable air-minded youth organisation of choice that offers fun and challenging opportunities.

How much does it cost?  Most activities are funded through the RAF, however cadets may have to contribute to some activities. An example being an annual camp which may cost about £50. The squadron also charges a monthly subscription rate of £12 to cover running costs, transport, etc.

At what age can cadets join?  Cadets can join from 13, or 12 if they are currently in year 8 at school, however for some activities such as flying, cadets must be 13¼.

Can parents get involved too?  Absolutely! The RAFAC is very encouraging of parents who can help informally, and we're always looking for volunteers. You can join as a uniformed member of staff, a non-uniformed Civilian Instructor or even as a member of a Civilian committee.

 

To be a modern, dynamic, sustainable air-minded youth organisation of choice that offers fun and challenging opportunities.

Develop new and existing skills