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Want to request a school visit? Well soon you'll be able too, watch this space.


In the meantime, here's a short FAQ:


What sort of activities do the air cadets do?

We get to do a huge variety of activities such as flying, gliding, target shooting, adventure training, sports, camps, drill, academic studies and lots of other things. There's never a dull moment.


How old must I be to join?

You can join when you're 12 years old and in year 8 at school and usually leave when you're 20. You can only join between 12 and 17..


How many times a week does the ATC meet?


We meet twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday's but you'll usually find activities running on weekends as well which you can take part in.


How long does an Air Cadet session last as I have homework and other commitments?


Each parade lasts around two and a half hours, usually from seven thirty to half nine in the evening. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments.


Is there a good balance between the exciting activities and more serious disciplined activities?


Yes, there are lots of opportunities to do fun activities as well as the more serious side of things, but the focus is always on enjoying yourself while improving your skills.


What sort of expeditions can be done through the Air Cadets?


There are a huge amount of expedition opportunities, some overseas, but the most well known and popular option is the Duke of Edinburgh Award which entails overnight expeditions. They're great fun. But there are lots of other expeditions that pop up regularly.


How much does it cost?


It only costs £10 a month, which is great value for money considering what you get out of it. You don't start paying subscriptions though until you've completed your basic training, so it'll give you some time to see if you like it.


Do I have to buy my own uniform? If so, does it cost a lot?


No, the uniform is free but you have to look after it. You may have to buy your own shoes though!


Is it easy to get on with people and make new friends?


Yes! Everyone is very friendly and you always feel welcome. As we’re all cadets we have loads in common.


How often do you get to go flying?


You can go at least a couple of times a year but as some cadets focus on other activities sometimes you can fly much more frequently, it’s fantastic!


What about disabled people - can they join?


Absolutely! If you're disabled you are very welcome provided your disability doesn't prevent you from taking part in a reasonable number of activities, or is likely to cause you safety problems. Your local squadron staff will be happy to speak to you about this. The Army Reserve Centre in Dudley is not wheelchair accessible but we can direct you to local Squadron's that are.