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350 (Carshalton & Wallington) Squadron

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We are always looking for potential volunteers to help run our Squadron, you don’t need any formal qualifications – just a willingness to learn, teach and give up some of your time for the cadets. Most volunteers join as a Civilian Instructor (CI), from here you can either stay as a CI or apply to go into uniform. There are two routes to go into uniform – either as a SNCO or an Officer RAFVR(T). If you want to start your journey as a member of staff at 350 Squadron get in touch using the details on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Route

This is an ATC Process which is done at Wing/Region level. After doing some initial training, you will have a board with Wing Staff who will decide if you are ready to become a uniformed member of staff. Your first rank will be Sergeant but through progression, training and commitment you can obtain the rank of Flight Sergeant and then Warrant Officer – the highest SNCO Rank.

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) RAFVR(T) Route

This is an RAF Process which is started at Wing/Region level but completed at the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC) at RAFC Cranwell. If you pass OASC then you will become a member of the RAFVR(T), you will hold a Queen’s commission with a starting rank of Pilot Officer. RAF Officer ranks work slightly differently in the ATC, your rank will change depending on the role you perform. The rank structure is as follows: Pilot Officer, Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander, Group Captain. At Squadron level you will either be a Pilot Officer or Flying Officer until you take command of a Squadron which is when you will achieve the rank of Flight Lieutenant.