FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This website should cover everything you need to know about getting in and getting on in the Air Cadets, but here are some quick-fire questions that we’re asked all the time.
WHAT SORT OF ACTIVITIES DO THE AIR CADETS DO?
We get to do a huge variety of activities such as flying, gliding, target shooting, adventure training, sports, camps, drill, academic studies and lots of other things. There’s never a dull moment.
HOW OLD MUST I BE TO JOIN?
You can join when you’re 12 (if you are in year 8) and usually leave when you’re 18. However some senior cadets are able to remain up until their 20th birthday with express permission. The latest age you can be to join is 17.
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK DOES THE ATC MEET?
We meet twice a week. Tuesday and Thursdays 19:00 – 21:30.
HOW LONG DOES AN AIR CADET SESSION LAST AS I HAVE HOMEWORK AND OTHER COMMITMENTS?
Each session lasts around two and a half hours, usually from 7pm to 9:30pm. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments. During core exam season, we do tend to hold ‘study evenings’ for those that want some time away from home to do their revision under quiet conditions.
IS THERE A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND MORE SERIOUS DISCIPLINED ACTIVITIES?
Yes, there are lots of opportunities to do fun activities as well as the more serious side of things, but the focus is always on enjoying yourself while improving your skills and learning some valuable life lessons.
WHAT SORT OF EXPEDITIONS CAN BE DONE THROUGH THE AIR CADETS?
There are a huge amount of expedition opportunities, some overseas, but the most well known and popular option is the Duke of Edinburgh Award which entails overnight expeditions. They’re great fun. But there are lots of other expeditions that pop up regularly.
IS IT EASY TO GET ON WITH PEOPLE AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS?
Yes! Everyone is very friendly and you will always feel welcome. Our cadets have plenty in common and you will be making new friends before you know it.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO GO FLYING?
You can go at least once a year but as some cadets focus on other activities sometimes you can fly much more frequently, it’s fantastic!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Like every organisation their are subs to pay but these are minimal. Please to speak to a member of staff for further information.