Who are the Air Cadets?
The Air Training Corps (Air Cadets) is a voluntary, uniformed, youth organisation supported by the Royal Air Force. It is considered one of the country’s premier youth organisations and the world’s largest youth air training organisation.
You may join once you are in Year 8 at school; and the maximum joining age is the day before your 17th birthday.
Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an air cadet is its own reward!
The Air Training Corps wholeheartedly supports the principles and implementation of equal opportunities and opposes all forms of discrimination. It is the clear aim of the ATC to make full use of the talents and resources of all.
What do Air Cadets do?
You name it, there is a good chance there is an Air Cadet somewhere doing it!
Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential. This may come in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing, adventure training, citizenship, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
You will soon find that being an Air Cadet is its own reward – you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements.
When and where do Bolton Air Cadets meet?
We meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays (7pm to 9:25pm), during which cadets are able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones. There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the Squadrons.
Because of the very large number of cadets we currently have, our newest intake of cadets are undertaking their initial training on Thursdays (7pm to 9:05pm).
Additional activities are organised by the Wing, North Region and the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Defence Training Establishments and even abroad and can last a lot longer than just a weekend.
The aims of the Air Cadets
- 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
All cadets and adult volunteers agree to be bound by a code of conduct and to uphold the ethos and core values of the Air Training Corps.
While we are still part of the Royal Air Force, our role is not to recruit for the armed forces. We do develop a strong sense of service among our cadets, and today many of our 40,000+ cadets do move on to careers that support society. Many front-line jet pilots are former cadets, but many more develop careers in the public and private sectors.