Joining As A Staff Member

Joining As Adult Staff

Over 20? Seeking a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills, leadership qualities and gain qualifications too?


At Air Cadets, we constantly assess our past achievements, implement changes to meet the challenges of today and make plans for the future. And a huge part of that planning is you. As the backbone of our organisation we're always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.


All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying or gliding, you would be particularly welcome. These aren't essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.


That said, you'll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn't be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!

Officer Or SNCO

We rely on our volunteers to help us operate as effectively as possible. Being well organised is an obvious must, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, and an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.


Really show your skills in these areas and you could end up taking on more responsibility and moving up through the ranks as an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO). Of course, first you have to join as a Civilian Instructor and then have selection interviews at Wing HQs and Regional HQs but we guide you through that… if you have the potential then we’ll spot it!

Civilian Instructor

The most common volunteer designation in Air Cadets is Civilian Instructor - it's a varied role allowing you to use your skills where they best fit. You can give as much or little time as you can, and you don't need any formal qualifications - just enthusiasm that's infectious.


Many cadets go straight into volunteer roles when they leave at 20 years old - often they feel that they can 'give back' their great experiences to a new generation of young people.


Your role is vital to the success of our cadets. You'll see your dedication and effort pay-off in the achievements you inspire amongst our members. But it isn't just the cadets that benefit - you'll get involved in many squadron activities and have the same kinds of opportunities as cadets to develop your leadership skills and gain qualifications in things such as mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may be useful to you in your career. You'll also have as much fun as the cadets do!


And it doesn't stop there. If you choose, you may apply to become a sergeant or an officer in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve. As an Air Cadet officer you can claim up to 28 days’ pay per year and work your way up through the ranks in a similar manner to the RAF.

Our volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try?


As a unique role in the organisation, our vision for chaplaincy is to provide appropriate pastoral care for all personnel within the Air Cadets, irrespective of religious belief or status.


If you're a minister or priest of any religion you can apply to become a chaplain at any of our ATC squadrons up and down the country. There are openings for lay ministers such as readers, lay preachers and others who fulfil an authorised ministry in the pastoral work of the parish, circuit or district.


Where appropriate to meet the needs of cadets from non-Christian faiths, clerics from other religions may also be appointed. As an Honorary Chaplain within the ATC you don't wear a uniform but are recognised by a Chaplain's badge worn on your lapel and the larger edition worn on your preaching scarf.


Your role in the squadron is in offering guidance and leadership to cadets and members of staff on moral and spiritual matters. The commitment expected of a chaplain is a regular monthly visit to your unit to lead what is termed 'the Padre's hour' and conduct the formal Enrolment Service when new cadets are received into full membership of the organisation. From time to time it will be appropriate for you to extend an invitation to the Squadron to parade to your church and share in the worship. You'll be fully supported by the RAF Chaplain's Branch.


As a volunteer you can receive certain allowances. You may be reimbursed for home to duty travel costs and will receive pulpit supply expenses when you are attending annual camp and if you require a locum. You'll also have your accommodation costs met in full. There's no formal training programme but you will be encouraged to attend the annual chaplains’ conference within your area, where you will have the opportunity to discuss chaplaincy matters and exchange ideas. You'll be made most welcome on RAF stations and will have an opportunity of activities including flying and gliding when accompanying your cadets.

The real rewards and satisfaction come with the job itself - helping young people fulfil their potential. Get involved with Air Cadets and see how you can make a difference.

Want To Know More?

If you are interested in joining as a member of staff, please contact the Commanding Officer, using the form below, who will invite you to the Squadron to discuss joining and the options available.

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