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.
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. Its also a very key point wilst doing your Duke Of Edinburgh, (or DofE)
Here's a link to our dedicated page on shooting:
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WHAT WE DO
As a member of the Air Cadets you will be able to particiapate in a number of activities and at 561 Squadron you will be able to:
We're sure you've got it by now, but Air Cadets is not about taking it easy - it's about seeing what you're made of.
Camps 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 experiences you'll ever have. Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft), this is where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test.
Your first taste will be weekend camps, run by your squadron. These allow time for more intensive training than during your regular meets, but can fit into a weekend and not interfere with school holidays. You could be doing all kinds of things like orienteering, over-night exercises or other specialised training.
Here's a link to our dedicated sports page:
Copy and paste this link above into your browser and it will take you straight to our dedicated page on Sports.
It's not just the cadets that we like to see excel. We lead by example, and only by having fully trained, qualified and capable staff can we encourage confident, responsible cadets. We’ll supply all the training you require for the activities you assist with or lead, including health and safety, first aid and leadership courses which are essential to a safe environment in which the cadets can be physically challenged with adventurous training and competitive sports.
Plus, as a volunteer you could be gaining extra qualifications, which you can then use in other career areas. Here's a brief overview of what we offer, in association with the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO):