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What We Do

The Air Training Corps has three main aims:

  • 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.

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. The ATC is also the UK's largest Operating Authority for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, along with a registered provider for BTECs in Aviation Studies, Public Services and other qualifications.

Upon joining the squadron, cadets are required to undertake a training syllabus based around aviation and RAF-related subjects. The subjects are arranged into four classification levels and cadets study different subjects at each level.

The training syllabus also incorporates training in some practical elements of the ATC such as shooting, leadership, teamwork and first aid. Within the first 3-4 months of being at the squadron, cadets can expect to have completed their British Heart Foundation Heartstart certificate in basic life support, initial weapons handling test and have covered the majority of the First Class syllabus.

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