The Air Training Corps is open to all young people aged between 12 and 20 years or age. You will get the most out of the ATC by joining early, but there are still plenty of opportunities available to those joining at 15 or 16 years. When you join there will be an initial period of 'basic training' which is designed to give you some background on the ATC and aviation/military related subjects, such as principles of flight, radio communications and map reading. You will be issued with a uniform and be shown how to take care of it, as well as learning basic foot drill to enable you to parade with the rest of our cadets and become part of the team. All this leads up to your official enrolment into the squadron, after which you become eligible to take part in the full range of activities on offer. This process usually takes 3-4 months, but there will be other activities you can get involved with during this time to break the training up.
Throughout the year, usually every 3-4 months, we have recruitment evenings. These are really a form of open evening where prospective new cadets and anyone interested in seeing what we do in the ATC can come and meet us. Typically, we put on a number of displays to try and give you a feel for what goes in cadet life. Unfortunately we cannot fit a full size Viking glider or Grob Tutor (our usual flying aircraft) into the squadron building, so you will just have to look at the photos and watch the videos for now. Details of upcoming recruitment events are advertised on the front page of our website and in are scheduled in our squadron calendar.
Is there a cost?
All squadrons in the ATC charge a monthly subscription between £6.00 and £12.00. For our Squadron it is currently £10, but it is only payable once you get your uniform, so you will have time to make sure the Air Cadets is right for you before you spend any money. Many of the 'core activities' such as flying, gliding and shooting are provided free of charge, covered by your subscription, however some activities have an additional charge for accommodation, messing (food) and social activity (go-karting, bowling, swimming etc) costs that cannot be covered by the monthly subscription. The average cost of a seven day camp is £60.
There are two uniform schema in the ATC - 'blue' (everyday/formal) and 'green' (field craft/shooting/outdoor). The ATC has an obligation to issue every cadet with a 'blue' uniform, however this is not the case for the 'green' uniform. Where a squadron has surplus stock of 'green' uniform this may also be issued, however if this is not possible then it must be purchased at the cadets' own expense (usually from military surplus). In either case where uniform is issued, this does not include footwear such as parade shoes or combat boots. These must also be purchased at the cadets' own expense.
The squadron committee may be able to provide financial assistance for uniform/activities to cadets who would otherwise miss out, however this is dealt with on a case by case basis. Please contact the OC or committee for more details.
How do I join?
If you are interested in joining our squadron then the next step is to register your interest and arrange to come and see us on a parade night or recruitment event. This can be done by contacting the squadron OC or Adjutant via our contact page.