1146 (Barnstaple ) Squadron Air Training Corps

We are 1146 (Barnstaple) Squadron Air Training Corps based at the Army Reserve Centre in Barnstaple, North Devon. Our “Sector” consists of 1146 Squadron plus units in Bideford, Chivenor, Hartland and Tiverton. We are part of Devon and Somerset Wing ATC. Our Wing Headquarters is at Wyvern Barracks, Exeter.


The Air Training Corps

The Air Training Corps (ATC) was formed in 1941, as a progression from the ADCC (Air Defence Cadet Corps) whose aims had been to prepare cadets for joining the RAF or the Fleet Air Arm. Since it’s inception there have been many changes, not least the decision to allow girls to enter the corps in 1980, but the aims of today are very much in line with those aims of earlier years:

 - To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
 - To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
 - To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship

While we are still part of the Royal Air Force our role is not to act as a recruiting sergeant for the armed forces. We do develop a strong sense of service among our cadets and today many of our cadets do move on to careers that support society. Many front line fast jet pilots are ex cadets, but many more develop careers in the public and private sectors, from politics to teaching and nursing.
 
We are one of the countries largest youth organizations and made up of young adults between the ages of 13 and 20, both male and female.With these main principles forming a basis to all we do, the syllabus for a new cadet is wide ranging and should provide both physical and mental challenges throughout their time with us. 
                                       
                                                                           
What if I want to find out more about the ATC?

We hope that the menu to the left of this page gives you most of what you need about 1146 Squadron. Go to the "Links" button to access our FACEBOOK page, the homepage for Devon and Somerset Wing ATC, and the Air Cadet Organization national website. For specific queries, please click the "Contact us" link for our contact telephone number or e.mail address.
 
             
   

 





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