Joining As A Cadet

Joining As A Cadet

So, are you ready to take the first step towards all the opportunities and benefits that the air cadets can offer you?


It's important to know that we're not a recruiting organisation for the Services (but it's great if you decide you want to join later on). We're not interested in anything but you and your potential, and will help you get the most from your experience as a Cadet.


Worried about fitting in? Equality is a central part of the Air Cadets’ ethic. The Cadet experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, background or ability, whether you're male or female, you can join us.  The minimum age for entry is 12 years old if you are in school year 8; otherwise it is 13 years old.  The maximum age for entry is 17 years old.  If you don't fit into that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer.

What Is In It For You?

Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an Air Cadet is its own reward - you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DoE Awards. 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!


We have high standards to maintain as we are a 'military' youth organisation and you'll naturally take pride in your uniform (most of which we supply) and appearance. You'll be well mannered and self-disciplined. You'll be joining an organisation of which you’ll be very proud.

Want To Know More?

We welcome personal visits by potential Cadets, accompanied by a parent or guardian, during one of our Parade Nights – these are held twice a week (Wednesday and Friday evenings). Just come along and see if you like it - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing.


If you are interested in joining as a Cadet, please contact the Squadron, using the form below, who will invite you to visit the Squadron to discuss joining.

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