Adventure Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet’s training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters – you’ll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you’re with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.
Band & Music
Do you have a flair for music? It plays a popular role in the life of cadets and playing as part of your squadron band is highly rewarding – competition for places is usually strong. Our aims are to introduce you to music within the cadets, provide you with musical instruction and the opportunity to play in our bands.
Duke of Edinburgh
You may have heard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s (D of E) Award, but don’t know what it is or whether it’s for you. Well, it’s for anybody who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple – ‘to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements‘.
The Air Cadet Organisation is proud to be the DofE Award’s largest participant.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme website can be found at www.dofe.org.
Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you’ll gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career.
In addition to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, there’s also:
Flying & Gliding
Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.
Cadets get the opportunity to take part in Flying and Gliding lessons at RAF Leeming and RAF Topcliffe, both located in North Yorkshire, and can go on to take part in Flying and Gliding scholarships.
Parade & Drill
You might think that Parade and Drill have nothing to do with adventure training or leadership, but that’s not the case at all! Parade and Drill are a key part of improving disciplinary, organisation and presentation skills individual, including understanding and remembering instructions and carrying them out accurately.
It also builds team-work skills and is an excellent means of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour for which Air Cadets are renowned.
Whatever level you are as a cadet, you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at military skills and drills. That means rifle shooting and field craft.
Marksmanship goes a long way back in the history of Air Cadets and is one of our most popular activities. Think you can concentrate on distant targets and fire with consistent accuracy? It’s not easy. It requires focus, agility and a very steady hand.
Feeling competitive? As an air cadet you can take part in seven main sports at different levels – athletics , cross country , football , rugby , hockey , netball and swimming . Whatever you do it’ll help improve your physical fitness levels and your team skills. If you’re good enough at your favourite sport we’ll notice, and can help you take it to the next level.