1406 Stamford Squadron

Welcome to
1406 Spalding Squadron
Air Training Corps

Parade Nights
Every Tuesday at 7.00pm - 9.45pm
Every Fridays at 7.00pm - 9.45pm

Parent Info

The squadron and Air Cadet Organisation is for young people, both male and female, joining between 13 years 9 months and 16 years old, for information on enrolment and training. (See our FCTC section.)

Parades start at 1900hrs (7pm) on Tuesday and Friday evenings, we ask that cadets are not dropped off before this time. Staff may not have arrived before this time and therefore there is no one to supervise and assist the cadets.

We can conduct training and visits during the weekends and on weekdays during School holidays. There are compulsory parades and events; these include Remembrance Sunday (November), ATC Sunday (February), and the squadron’s annual inspection (usually September).

The “Blue” Uniform (excluding Parade Shoes) can be provided from the RAF if stock and sizes are available, but we do expect all uniform and equipment on loan to be returned once the cadet leaves, conformation of this is when the cadet presents his / her 3822 to the Sqn OC to be signed as having left.

RAF Parade Shoes are mandatory, available to purchase new at approximately £32, we do have a small stock of second hand shoes for sale at £10. All cadets are expected to have RAF Parade shoes by the time they have completed their induction period and have been issued with their uniform.

A cadet is expected to keep their uniform clean and well looked after; instruction on care of uniform is one of the subjects taught in the initial training period.

We accept that the ATC is not for everyone and it is usually during the first month that Junior Cadets find out if the ATC is for them, some find that they do not like the training, discipline and activities. We ask only that they let a uniformed member of staff know that they would like to leave.

All of the staff at the Squadron are volunteers; many are either ex-cadets, parents of cadets, former or serving RAF personnel helping during their spare time. Squadron staff include officers in the RAF VR(T), ATC Warrant Officers (WO’s), Flight Sergeants (FSgt’s) and Sergeants (Sgt’s) and Civilian Instructors.

All staff have to be both security cleared and have an ‘Enhanced’ Criminal Record Disclosure (CRB) check, to enable them to work with children and young adults. Staff have skills and qualifications to conduct and supervise the training undertaken by the cadets, staff receive compulsory initial training and can undertake further voluntary training to broaden the activities available to the cadets.

The squadron has a Civilian Committee (see the Civilian Committee section).

Cadets pay subscriptions, currently £10 per month, the bulk of this is sent to our Wing, Region and National Headquarters to help cover the cost of some of the activities on offer, including Flying, Gliding, and Sports. Part of the money is also used to offset the running costs of the building, e.g. electricity costs. Subscriptions are payable whether a cadet attends or not, and only end when a cadet ends his or her service with the Squadron.

For efficiency, and to ensure that subscriptions are paid on time we use a standing order of payment direct into the Squadron bank account. The first months subscriptions are waived, details of the squadron’s bank account details and forms to use are here.

Once your cadet has decided to stay and made rank of 2nd Class Cadet, you can fill in this form to access a secure Group on Facebook for parents. (Link) We will not accept requests or invites without the form being received first.

ACF Forms:

Cadet Consent Form (PDF) – TG Form 21

Cadet Authorised Absence – (Word)

Medical Declaration Form (PDF) – TG Form 23

Our Event Calendar can be found at this location (Link). Please note we will not provide times/locations or details on this calendar, only via the closed Facebook Group.

We have a negotiated price with PrintSolutions, for polo-shirts, t-shirts, fleeces, softshell, other items with our Sqn Logo and ability to personalise with their name. Cadets should discuss their purchase with Adult NCO’s first.

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