If you're aged between 12 (and in school year 8) and 17 years of age then read on and find out what the Air Training Corps can offer you.

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Flying

Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience aerobatics.

There many fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).

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Shooting

Cadets are given the opportunity to handle and operate a variety of weapons in the safety of our on-site range. Following passing the relevant handling tests, you will be able to join us on the range with our qualified instructors who will help you increase your knowledge in handling the weapon and how to operate it safely and accurately.

Cadet weapons currently include the .22 rifle and the L98 which are bolt-action and semi-automatic respectively.

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Adventure Training

Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! A huge part of cadet training. Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team. Take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.

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Sports and Activity

A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. It's slightly different between the ATC and CCF (RAF) but all cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and 'actually do it' as much as possible.

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Extra Curricular

A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. All cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects.

You also get outdoors and 'actually do it' as much as possible. The ATC offers opportunities to cadets to complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which includes an overnight expedition.

BTEC Award Scheme

As a member of the Air Cadet Organisation you will automatically qualify for a number of BTEC opportunities, provided by the CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation) which offer qualifications to those aged between 13 and 18 years of age. The CVQO will pay for two years of learning for you, meaning that during that time, you can qualify for up to two BTEC awards.

The qualifications cover many aspects of your cadet life, encompassing elements of teamwork, leadership, personal development and citizenship skills, so a lot of the work can be completed during your evenings on the squadron.

The highest tier offered by CVQO will qualify you for a Level 2 ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management Skills) award whilst BTECs at levels 1 and 2 are also available. For more information on the qualifications offered by CVQO, please click below.

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Fundraising

As a voluntary organisation, fundraising plays an important role in the day-to-day running of every ATC squadron. Not only for our own operating costs but also in donation to the RAFA (Royal Air Force Association), an important charity that provide vital support for both serving and retired members of the RAF and their families.

You can also find us collecting in Gloucester for the poppy appeal in November where any of our cadets would be delighted to talk with you about their experiences.

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And much more... Interested?

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