As a parent you’re bound to have lots of questions about the Air Cadet Organisation and what your child will be doing when they become a member. This site should give you a comprehensive overview of the activities they undertake and the expectations that we have of them. Below are some of the most common questions we get, but if there is something we haven’t covered do get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.
How much does it cost?
We charge subscriptions at £15 per month which covers the majority of events and activities that your child will be involved with. This also includes the cost of their uniform.
Are they expected to join the military?
No. Although the Air Cadets does receive some funding from the Royal Air Force, we are not a recruiting organisation. The training provided by the Air Cadets is held in high regard by civilian employers and there is no pressure on cadets to consider a Service career.
How much time will they have to give each week?
As a minimum, cadets attend the Squadron two nights a week on Monday and Thursday for approximately 2½ hours. Outside of these times there are many activities that take place at weekends and school holidays. The amount of time a cadet wishes to commit is up to them.
Can they learn to fly?
Yes. All cadets have the opportunity to go flying at one of the Volunteer Gliding Squadrons located around the country. Additionally, cadets can apply for scholarships up to Private Pilot License level.
Who leads and supervises cadets?
All squadrons are commanded by an Officer of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) who is assisted by Adult Non-Commissioned Officers and Civilian Instructors. All staff have had criminal records checks to work with young people and are fully qualified in the activities they’re involved in.
Further information regarding Child Safety can be found here.
Why do cadets wear uniforms?
The ACO is a military youth organisation affiliated to the Royal Air Force and therefore cadets wear the same uniform as regular RAF personnel.