become an officer in the Air Cadets you generally first join as a
civilian instructor or serve as a senior non-commissioned officer to
gain experience. After 3-6 months you are interviewed by your Squadron
Commander and then go before a Commissioning Board at Regional HQ. When
you take the Queen's Commission in the Training Branch of the RAF
Volunteer Reserve you are given an RAF uniform with VR(T) on the
You will be attached to the squadron and you will be expected to attend
for at least 12 hours per month. We meet between 7-9pm on a Monday and a
Friday. As a volunteer you will not be paid but can claim up to 28 days
remuneration plus travel and subsistence expenses.
You will be expected to attend the Officers' Initial Course at RAF
College Cranwell, Lincolnshire within your first year and the Officers'
Senior Course at a later date. The courses are geared towards developing
your leadership skills.
You can also gain qualifications in mountain leadership, First Aid, NVQs
and attend courses in corporate communications and shooting range
management. Promotion can take you through the ranks from Pilot Officer
and Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader and even Wing
Commander. (The substantive rank is Flying Officer and the others are
acting ranks).As your Air Cadet career progresses you may be offered a
position on the Wing or Region staff.
the squadron you will develop your leadership skills, help on routine
parade nights with a range of activities and with the academic syllabus.
You may also take cadets aged 13-20 on adventure training activities at
numerous locations including our centres in Llanbedr, Wales and
Windermere, Cumbria. You will also help cadets with their Duke of
Edinburgh's Awards, music and sport and accompany them to flying and
gliding schools. You might even have the chance to take to the skies
The ATC runs camps across the UK and in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar as
well as expeditions to far flung regions such as Mongolia, Iceland and
South America. Each year a handful of adult volunteers are chosen to
accompany cadets on the International Air Cadet Exchange to 15 countries
including New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and
Canada. There may be the opportunity for you to travel.
assured wearing a VR (T) uniform is a non-combatant role and does not
mean you can be deployed to a war zone - your role is to train the Next
Generation of air cadets! You may be entitled to 28 days pay and
The rewards from organising activities for the cadets
and seeing them develop as a result of the work done by you and the rest
of the staff team are immense