Who can join?

If you are between the ages of 12.5 and 17 you can join provided we have parental consent. We do not discriminate on grounds of gender, religion or disability and will do our best to accommodate any special needs.

How much does it cost?

A £20.00 uniform deposit is payable when you enroll however this is refundable on return of your uniform when you eventually leave. There is a subscription charge of £100.00 per 12 months payable by standing order wherever possible. We are happy to discuss different payment arrangements if parents prefer. The subscription charge covers virtually all activities such as flying, shooting and joining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at Bronze level. There is usually a small charge for annual camps and courses to cover the cost of food for the week. There are opportunities for overseas camps at greater cost.

When do we meet?

The “Parade Nights” for 1146 (Barnstaple) Squadron are Monday and Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9.30pm. Times and days can vary between squadrons. We do not meet on Public Holidays or over the Christmas holiday period, and occasionally we close when staff or cadets are away on camps. Over August we sometimes reduce parade nights to once a week as many cadets have work or holiday commitments.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes. We receive funding via the Royal Air Force and you will be issued a uniform identical to that worn by Royal Air Force personnel. You will receive smarter uniform items for normal wear as well as clothing suitable for field exercises. You will need to provide black socks and shoes or boots but black school shoes are fine to begin with. Female cadets also need to provide tights for wear with the issue skirt.

Will I eventually have to join the Royal Air Force?

No. We are not a recruiting organization but if you are interested we can certainly give you experience of life on a service station and help you decide if you wish to join.  We can also offer advice on the selection process which can make a big difference if you are serious about joining the RAF as a career.

What if I decide I don’t like it?

If you have an interest in aviation or the RAF we think you will enjoy attending but if not, you are free to leave at any point. Once you are attending there is a three month probation period during which a reduced subscription is payable. This allows time for you to decide whether or not you wish to stay. Following enrollment, you will be issued you uniform and full subscription is payable. 

Do I have to leave when I reach 17?

That depends on the cadet. Cadets generally leave by their 18th birthday but those who have advanced far enough with their training by this point may be eligible to remain as Instructor Cadets until they reach 20. To achieve this cadets will need to show a clear and sustained commitment to the Squadron, and to their own personal development within the ATC.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested let us know and we will invite you to attend on one of our recruiting nights. You will have the opportunity to see the unit, speak to staff and cadets, and perhaps meet others who are considering joining. This will all be very new to you but cadets quickly settle in. We look forward to hearing from you. (Next recruiting night - TBA).






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