We understanding you may have lots of questions about being an Air Cadet, so here are a few of our most frequently asked questions to help you get the right information.
What sort of activities will I do as a Cadet?
Being an Air Cadet involves a vast number of activities – a lot more than your standard youth organisation. You will have the opportunity to go flying, gliding, shooting, adventure training, sports, camps plus the opportunity to gain academic qualifications such as BTEC’s, First Aid and Duke of Edinburgh. There really is never a boring moment as a Cadet.
How old must I be to join?
To join you must be in Year 8 and at least 12 and usually leave when you’re 20. The latest age you can be to join is 17.
How often do you meet?
We meet twice a week as standard. Monday and Thursday are our usual parade nights.
What sorts of expeditions will I be able to do?
Nearly all our Cadets do their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award as a minimum, with many going on to do Silver and Gold afterwards. We also have Cadets who have travelled to the Netherlands to complete the Nijmegen which takes place over a period of four days.
Is there a balance between the exciting activities and the more serious things?
Absolutely. There are so many activities in the Air Cadets and the focus is always on enjoying yourself whilst improving your skills.
Do I get issued a uniform and do I have to pay?
All your uniform will be issued for you free of charge, but this must be looked after to the highest of standards. You will however have to purchase your own parade shoes.
Is it easy to get on with people and make new friends?
Yes! That’s one of the best things about being a cadet – you get the chance to meet so many people. If you attend camps and events, you will meet even more people there and soon you will wishing you joined sooner! To make it even easier, we recruit in blocks so there will new cadets joining at the same time as you.
If you have any more questions, simply get in touch and a member of the Squadron staff will get back to you with the answer.