A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus and Cadet classification system. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. It’s slightly different between the ATC and CCF (RAF) but all cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and ‘actually do it’ as much as possible.
We expect a lot from you – it’s a serious commitment to be a cadet – but once you’ve experienced it yourself we know you wouldn’t have it any other way.
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. BTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification – more than 4,000 cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There’s also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians. First Aid is another essential skill you can pick up – train in this important area and you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. If those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation. City & Guilds – cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers.