Joining

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Open Evening Wednesday 5th September and Intake Night  Tuesday 11th September

1220 will be holding an open evening on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at the Squadron HQ. Potential cadets and their parents are invited to come along at 7:30pm for a brief presentation on what we do

Following this, there will be an intake night for new cadets on Tuesday 11th September at 7pm. Don’t worry if you didn’t make the open evening, just turn up on 11th.

Being a part of Air Cadets is much more than just wearing a uniform, it’s being part of a great team! We would be surprised if you weren’t a little bit interested after hearing that our Air Cadets enjoy a number of activities, including Duke of Edinburgh awards, watersports and flying as well as learning more about the RAF.

Are you aged 12 to 16 (you must be in at least year 8) – if that’s you, now’s that time to join! The leaving age is when you reach 18 years old. If certain criteria are met, then you can be extended to 20 years old.  Some cadets on reaching 20 become staff as Civilian Instructors or ultimately uniformed staff.

Being an Air Cadet requires personal commitment. There are regular meetings (parades) and 1220 (March) Squadron meets Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7:00pm- 9:30pm. Added to this there will be a full programme of weekend activities and events as well as longer camps including some overseas ones (subject to meeting the criteria).

Subscriptions for each cadet are £10 per calendar month payable by Standing order, with a £12.50 fee for a Squadron Polo shirt – The Squadron Polo shirt should be purchased on the first parade evening. We do have to charge for some bigger exercises and events but we always keep these costs as low as possible and will always notify cadets and parents in advance. Uniform is provided when you pass your initial basic training although you will have to provide your own boots and shoes.

We operate an intake system. Potential cadets join on the first available intake date after they become 12 (and in year 8).  By adhering to intake dates we can ensure that new cadets start their basic training at the same time and so gain the full benefit of a structured programme working as a group.

You can get in touch using our email 1220@aircadets.org or ring 01354 651788 (out of hours answer phone)

Many things will appear strange at first, don’t panic, there are plenty of people around, including people you will go to school with, who are there to help you. All of our staff have extensive experience of dealing with children from all backgrounds. You will soon feel at home and part of the team.