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If you're a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you're in the right place. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country - and you could be one of them.


Flying & Gliding

Air Cadets have the opportunity to fly with Royal Air Force pilots in Grob Tutor aircraft each year.

Flying takes place at one of 12 Air Experience Flights (AEFs) where cadets are shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to control the aeroplane, experience aerobatics or simply admire the view. All Air Cadets get the opportunity to fly with the AEF each year.

Open to anyone aged 14 to 24 (not just fans of the great outdoors), the DofE encourages teamwork and social interaction and helps young people to stand out from the crowd when applying for university and jobs.​There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. And it's never too late to get in on the action - depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level.

Want to get down and dirty?

Fieldcraft is the art of living and working from "the field", or wherever you happen to be "deployed". Of course, we don't get deployed, but we do use military training areas for several weekends a year to give our cadets a small taste of what it's like to have to sleep outdoors, keep themselves fed all the while completing the many missions and challenges set for them!

Fancy Rock-climbing or Canoeing?

Adventure Training forms an essential part of being an Air Cadet.  As well as helping cadets forge new friendships, adventure training enables all cadets to show off their leadership qualities, whilst offering great challenges and lots of fun.

Thinking about becoming a marksman?

As a cadet, you will have the opportunity of firing a variety of rifles on firing ranges.

Safety is paramount with all ATC activities and shooting is certainly no exception. Training is an integral part of the system and each cadet is fully trained in whichever rifle they will be using.

Want to spend a week on a RAF Station?  Look no further!

Camps and Courses get you out and about and give you a taste of what RAF personnel experience. They're also some of the most enjoyable and memorable things you'll do.

Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft) or training courses, camps and courses are where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test..  You could be doing all kinds of things like orienteering, over-night exercises or other specialised training.

Learn Something Different

Projects are a chance for cadets to specialise in very different areas. Such as: Cooking, Engineering, Aero Modeling, Radios, Marksmanship, Fieldcraft, Construction, Flight Simulator and many more!

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Our squadron is rich in history, having been one of the first squadrons formed back in 1941. We're constantly adding to this through new feats and achievements, such as the approval of our squadron badge, the events we are able to offer, and being successful in the events and competitions in which we participate.



Cadet Forces Centre, St Michael's Rd, Newbury RG14 5PP, UK


01635 552635

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