Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to join?

Cadets must be at least 12 years old (at least Year 8 of secondary school) to join the ATC (Air Training Corps). You can stay until you're 20 years old, but unfortunately you cannot join the ATC after you are 17.

Adult Volunteers can join the ATC at 20 years old. You will become a probationary CI (Civilian Instructor) and may chose to advance on to become an Adult SNCO (Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) or even become a Commissioned Officer within the RAFAC. 

Do I have to wear uniform?

Yes. You will be issued uniform on loan for free which you will wear while attending ATC activities. Uniform will be issued to you after you have committed to stay as a cadet on squadron. We wear Blues and Greens (Camouflage) uniforms for different activities. Until you get your uniform, wear smart clothes or school uniform, unless told otherwise.

How much does it cost?

Each squadron varies, however the average is around £10 per month. You will need to pay a subscription fee, currently this works out at around £1 per parade night. This covers most activities that we offer, however there are extra fees for camps and overseas visits which normally cost around £30-50 which includes messing, accommodation and activities whilst away.

What evenings do cadets meet?

Each squadron varies, however they always parade during the week with weekend activities. You can find what days your nearest squadron parades by visiting their Squadron Page for more details.

What will my first evening be like?

When you arrive, ideally with your parents or guardian, one of the squadron staff will sit down and have a chat with you, and will be happy to answer any questions you or your parents/guardians may have, there are some forms to fill in and some leaflets to take away and read.

We will then assign one of the older cadets to show you around the squadron building, give you a brief introduction and generally help you on your first night. Once you have had your tour and introduction we will teach you a bit about the Air Cadets and some important things you need to know. You will also get to see the first and final parade taking place, in a couple of weeks you will be on parade with the rest of the cadets!

When you come next parade night, you will join the Training Flight and do your initial training with the rest of the new recruits, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone, you will soon make new friends!

What's it like to be an Adult Volunteer?

Ever wondered what it is like to be a volunteer in the Air Cadets? Watch this brilliant video of Plt Off Clarke talking about his experiences as both a cadet and staff member which helped him win his prestigious award last week.If you have some spare time and are interested in getting involved as an Adult Volunteer then get in contact with us!

If you have any further questions please contact us and we will get back in touch with the answers

Coronavirus Notice

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the RAFAC has suspended all face-to-face activities until further notice. Online virtual activities are still taking place for our cadets and staff. You can follow what our squadrons are currently doing online by going to the 'Our Squadrons'section and clicking on the squadrons' social media accounts.