Q: What do Air Cadets do?
A: Cadets meet at the Squadron twice a week; they also go flying, gliding, adventure training and go on camps at RAF Bases! The list is endless, visit our ‘About Us’ section of the website.
Q: What sort of expeditions do Air Cadets do?
A: There is a huge amount of expeditions open to cadets, some are overseas but the most common and popular is the Duke of Edinburgh Award which entails overnight expeditions.
Q: When do you meet?
A: We meet on Monday and Thursday evenings between 1915 and 2130 hrs.
Q: Will I have to march?
A: Drill (Marching) is a big part of being an Air Cadet. Drill is fun, hard work and looks great when done properly. You will get all the necessary training so you look good in a squad.
Q: I can only come once a week, can I still join?
A: Being a member of our Squadron is a big commitment, and we expect our cadets to attend both nights a week. This is due to a packed training programme which makes it difficult to catch up on previous nights. If you think you will only be able to come once a week – still get in touch and we can see what arrangements can be made.
Q: How old do I have to be to join?
A: You must be aged 12 minimum and in Year 8 at school to join, the maximum joining age is 17 although you can stay until you turn 20.
Q: How quickly will I get to wear the uniform?
A: You will be issued coveralls as soon as you join, within 3-
Q: How often do you get to go flying?
A: You can expect to go flying around once a year, although if you go on RAF camps you are likely to go flying a bit more!
Q: Who is in charge of the Squadron?
A: Warrant Officer Roswell is Officer in Charge; the Squadron is also staffed by other uniformed and civilian volunteers.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It costs £30 per school term – payable in January, April and September. This includes a lot and is used to subsidise the cost of other activities.
Q: Do you provide the uniform or do I have to pay for it?
A: We provide you with most of your uniform free of charge, but there are some items you will have to get yourself. We can discuss this with you at the Squadron if needed.
Q: If I don’t want to do something, will I be forced?
A: You will never be forced to do anything you don’t want, but we foster a spirit of trying new things to broaden your horizons.
Q: Will I have to join the Royal Air Force?
A: We are not a recruitment agency for the RAF, so definitely not! The skills and knowledge you gain from being a member of the Air Training Corps can be used in both military and civilian life.