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If you are aged between 12 (& Year 8) and 17 you can join us as a cadet and experience the many activities we have to offer. We are an inclusive organisation and open to all young people. If you are not quite in Year 8 yet please contact us with your name, date of birth and contact details so we can put you in touch with your nearest Squadron.
I’M AT LEAST YEAR 8 – WHATS NEXT?
You need to contact us, or contact your nearest Squadron to find out how to join. Each Squadron is similar but may recruit in a slightly different way.
You will normally be officially enrolled into the ATC after approximately four weeks as a Junior Cadet. During this time you will be loaned some uniform, and may need to purchase some other items.
We are a uniformed youth organisation and as such there are rules which we adhere to, such as a higher standard of dress and behaviour. Don’t worry we’ll show you how to prepare your uniform!
I’M BETWEEN 18 AND 20, WHAT ABOUT ME?
Unfortunately you are too old to join as a cadet, and too young to join as staff.
However, it is still possible to support a Squadron as a member of the Civilian Committee (see below).
I’M OVER 20 AND WANT TO HELP
Adults can volunteer in the following ways:
Civilian Committee members
They look after a Squadron’s finances, raise funds and offer general assistance. The Squadron Committee meets approximately once a month.
These are non-uniformed volunteers who attend Squadrons. They help us to run the Squadron by teaching lessons to the cadets in a variety of subjects and carrying out important jobs. There are many opportunities available to Civilian Instructors. If you are unable to attend every parade night you can still get involved. Contact us or your local Squadron to find out how you can get involved.
Adult Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCO)
This is a uniformed position. Volunteers who take up this position are usually involved with the drill and discipline elements of a Squadron although they can be often found involved with any other activity. There is some expectation of commitment with this position which can be easily achieved. Adult SNCOs assist with the running of the squadron by helping to plan and lead activities.
This is a uniformed position. Officers generally consider the longer term aspects of the Squadron such as the training programme and the sustainability of the unit. They also lead the cadets and other staff members. Officers take on responsibilities such as being the Officer Commanding, the Adjutant or the Training Officer.
All staff have the opportunity to participate in sports courses, shooting courses, leadership courses, and travel across the UK and further afield with the cadets.
The SNCO and Officer positions have promotion prospects with increased responsibility, and QCF qualifications can be obtained through our training.
All staff need to fulfil certain joining requirements, such as nationality and vetting by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).