New Cadets (J-Flight)

How often does the squadron take new cadets?

We usually have two intakes per year; this is to keep cadet numbers in the intake to an acceptable level for training. If you contact us with an interest at any time during the year, we keep records and contact you in advance inviting you and your parents to an introduction night.

Introduction Night

During this evening, we’ll cover the rules, things that you’ll be learning while in First Class Training Course (FCTC), opportunities that you will get as a Junior cadet as well as a fully fledged cadet and finally, an introduction to your mentors. Parents are encouraged to attend so as we can give the important information and to answer any questions you may have.

First few weeks

You will be measured for uniforms, supplied with coveralls, to provide uniformity in training and until the correct sizes of uniform received. You will be given forms for parental/guardian consent so as we have the correct information to record on the Corps records system. This information goes into your 3822, a record of service that will stay with you throughout your cadet career. The 3822 is also your personal identification for shooting, or when we visit military bases.

You’ll also learn some basic drill so that you can look the part when on parade with the more experienced cadets. We’ll introduce you to the cadet NCO’s (Corporals and Sergeants) whose role is to instruct you through your basic training. Teamwork is important from day 1 and so we’ll try out some creative ways of getting you and your new cadet colleagues to get to know each other.

The next few months

All new Junior cadets will need to complete the First Class Training Course (FCTC) before becoming eligible for activities such as flying and shooting.  The course runs for 12 to 15 weeks typically.

Part One covers history of the Corps and drill required to pass the Junior Cadet phase, on completion of this part you will be Enrolled into the ATC at a ceremony where parents are welcome and encouraged to attend where you will become a Second Class Cadet and receive the much coveted 3822 Record of Service Book.

Part Two goes through the RAF, its milestones, current structure and security, also History of flight, including Kites, Gliders, Balloons and Heavier-than-air craft.

Part Three covers Basic principles of Airmanship, Initial Expedition Training, Map reading and Basic Radio Communications.

Successful completion of the course earns cadets the “First Class” badge and sees them a fully fledged member of the Corps, included into the Mainstream of the Squadron to continue their Training and development.

Also included throughout the course are Heart Start, sports sessions and practical exercises to develop initiative, team work and leadership. Some additional training may take place over weekends, along with trips and visits to places such as the RAF Museum.