What can YOU do with the Air Cadets?
This is what it's the ATC is all about ; activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way
through structured lectures and first-hand experience.
Don't worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join 1206 (Mercian) Squadron for a trial period so
you can get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You will then be gradually introduced to a variety of activities, and as you progress you will become more comfortable with life in the
Air Cadets and can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You'll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:
Gliding - Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a
solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).
Air Experience Flights - Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of
the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll experience aerobatics and low level flying too.
Air Cadet Pilot Scheme - The pinnacle of flying as a cadet, for advanced handling. Complete this successfully and you'll be
awarded your cadet pilot wings. And if you do exceptionally well you could be recommended for further training which will help towards your Private Pilot's Licence!
Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme - A great opportunity to use your navigation skills, this two-week course where you
fly for up to eight hours is open to selected cadets. Success will lead to you gaining your 'wings'.
Get out and get active!
Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here's a taster
of what's in store:
Camping - Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
Easter/summer camps - As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
Overseas camps - Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practise their displays
(they train there). Head to Germany where you'll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters - another exciting possibility for cadets.
Adventure training - A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both
with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.
Think you can lead?
You may have more talent for it than you think. Leadership qualities are in all of us and the physically demanding 7-day summer cadet leadership course will help bring them out. Make
it through and you’ll be a more confident and responsible cadet having learnt the full benefits of working in and leading a team.
Then, for an extra challenge, you could find yourself at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park in Surrey. All cadet forces throughout the UK (and
some from overseas) attend courses there. Really flex your skills and you could come out with a trophy for your achievements.
International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)
The International Air Cadet Exchange is an annual student exchange program designed to promote character, good-will and cooperation among the world's
civilian auxiliary aviation programs.
Participants come from organisations such as the Air Training Corps, Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets, Australian Air Force Cadets, United States Civil
Air Patrol, German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Turkish Aeronautical Assosciation, Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, Singapore National Cadet Corps and 15 other
equivalent groups across other nations.