Over last weekend, cadets from 181 (City of Gloucester) Squadron took part in parades and services to commemorate the Battle of Britain. We were invited to join 186 (Newent) Squadron on the Saturday … Continue Reading
You could attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last a week with the purpose of getting you even closer to Service life. As an air cadet, you'll fit right in.
You'll sleep in RAF accommodation, eat at the airmen's mess and visit the various sections around the station. You'll meet the base staff, as well as take part in sports, quizzes, competitions and any social activities which may be available. There will be drill, uniform and room inspections, and everything will earn points for you as an individual and for your team. Cadets over 16 may receive a work experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force involves.
Everyone will normally get a flight in the Tutor aircraft and being on an RAF station puts you in a perfect position to get opportunity flights on other aircraft which may have a few spare seats!
This is where it gets really interesting! Once you've attended annual camp, proven yourself as a leader and have reached the age of 15, you're ready for an overseas camp at one of our RAF stations in Gibraltar, Cyprus or Germany.
These camps are more relaxed as all of you involved are pretty experienced by this point. There's less focus on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as work experience with RAF personnel and looking around local towns (like Limassol in Cyprus) and exploring historical sites.
An overseas camp is a must and it's not surprising that places are limited. Applying for one is just the beginning - you may have to fend off competition from within your own squadron to get an interview. Only after this will you discover if you've been chosen to attend overseas camp and become the envy of your squadron!