How do I join?
We typically run two recruitment intakes per year, in November and March. Use this form if you would like to sign up for our next induction evening.
We ask that you attend with a parent or guardian. When you arrive you will both be given an introductory talk from one of our team members. You will also be briefed on a few need-to-know points.
For the second half of the evening the new cadets will get involved in some practical group exercises to get the new recruits to acquaint themselves with each other, which is designed to help you fit into the unit quicker and easier. The parents and guardians will be taken to one side to discuss joining requirements and what is expected from cadets and parents.
How old do I need to be?
If you are between 12 (in school year 8) and 17 years old you are eligible to join the Air Training Corps.
How much does it cost?
We have a subscription fee of £14 per month, this covers uniform costs and the day-to-day running of the squadron. Upon joining a fee of £20 is required. This will pay for a cadet’s first month of subs and a Squadron t-shirt which is required for sports, you can also wear this whilst you are waiting for your uniform.
You will also need to purchase parade shoes, socks and the MTP (camouflage) uniform but we will advise you when you need to buy these items.
The squadron t-shirt does not need to be returned when you leave us.
Payments are collected via Direct Debit and Standing Order on the first day of each month. If this is not possible then alternative arrangements can be made. We also allow for a siblings discount as well.
Parents who are suffering any financial hardship should contact the squadron to discuss subscription payments, the squadron always manages to make arrangements for any enthusiastic cadet.
Core activities such as flying, gliding, shooting and normal parade nights are included within the subscriptions. Some other activities may have additional costs for travel, accommodation and food but all are at a reduced cost.
We also have a Squadron hoody (optional) at a cost of xxx.
Do I have to pay for my uniform?
RAF ‘blue’ uniform is provided free of charge. You will need to buy your own parade shoes and combat clothing (a list of what is required will be provided to you).
Do I need to be physically fit to join?
There is no fitness test to enter, however there are sports nights built into our training programme so a minimal fitness level is required.
I have a lot of school work - do I need to come up twice a week?
We do not ask cadets to attend every parade night as we recognise the importance that academic studies take priority over the squadron. All we ask is to be kept informed so that we know they have not left the squadron. As and when required we allow cadets to take breaks from the squadron so that they can focus on their studies.
How often will I get to go flying?
You can fly at least once a year but as some cadets focus on other activities sometimes you can fly much more often. Many of our cadets have been on visits to RAF bases and been offered flights in service aircraft like Chinook Helicopters.
When you reach the age of 16 you will have the opportunity to apply for a Gliding Scholarship. In just under a week you will be taught to pilot the Grob Vigilant aircraft and take to the skies on a solo flight to gain your wings! If you show real aptitude you may be awarded a Flying Scholarship and start building up some hours towards your Private Pilot's Licence!