If you are looking at this page and you are thinking of joining the Air Cadets. Congratulations, you have found the best Squadron in Northamptonshire.
If you are thinking of joining as a Cadet. All we will ever ask of you is that you try your best at whatever you do. Our ethic is ‘the harder you try, the more you will succeed’. Although we understand that young people have other priorities such as school and in some cases part time work, we do encourage maximum attendance where possible and we like to see an effort to attend events.
Any young person, male or female, regardless of background, can fit into the Air Cadets. As long as you have reached your 12th birthday (and are in Year 8) and are not yet 18, why not give it a try?
The Air Cadets is famous for getting air minded youth into the skies. We offer flying experience, instruction and qualifications (up to solo standard), as well as gliding – in the ATC you can legally pilot a glider a year before you can drive a car on a road in the UK!
As well as flying, you will enjoy camps, adventure training, sports, drill, projects, lessons in aviation related topics, shooting.. the list goes on and on. As you progress through your training you will also be given the opportunity to gain a BTEC in aviation studies as well as a Duke of Edinburgh Award. You’ll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what’s on offer you won’t need much persuading!
Once you have been a member for a while and proved your commitment to your Commanding Officer, you will be provided with a uniform, free of charge. As we are a disciplined youth organisation, we will expect high standards of behaviour, effort and appearance at all times.
If you are older, you may wish to consider joining as a volunteer staff member.
The Air Cadets could not function without its staff team. Many staff are ex-cadets, but often people approach the ATC offering their services having had no cadet experience. Whatever your skills or background, most adults have something to offer.
Potential Staff Members must be willing to undergo and pass a ‘Criminal Record Bureau’ check. This is Government vetting, to confirm suitability to work with young people.
Adults who are new to the organisation would wait until this suitability is confirmed, before applying to become a ‘Civilian Instructor’. Civilian Instructors are to many Squadrons the backbone of the staff team, who often specialise in specific areas of cadet training.
Many staff want to offer a little more, and feel that they can do so by going into uniform. For suitable candidates, promotion to Senior Non Commissioned Officer status would follow, or for some, who may wish to one day command a Squadron, Commissioning as an Officer into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch is the route to follow. VR(T) Officers carry equal status as their regular colleagues, but their duties are restricted solely to the Air Training Corps, which they conduct in their spare time.
Our Civilian Committee offers another avenue for those who can only maintain a more limited time commitment and who want to assist with the management of the Squadron and fundraising.