Find Your Nearest Squadron (roll over the markers for details)
To apply to become a cadet you need to be:
- At least 12 years old and in Year 8
- Under 17 years of age (you can stay after 18 until 20th birthday)
To find your local squadron take a look at our Squadrons page.
Cadet membership is open to young people, both male and female, between 12* and 20 years old. The maximum age for new members is 17yrs old. Cadets of all nationalities, backgrounds and abilities are equally welcome.
Disabled cadets are also welcome provided their disability doesn't prevent them from taking part in a reasonable number of activities or is likely to put themselves or others in danger.
Not all Cadets join because they want a career with the Royal Air Force or Aerospace Industry - we are NOT a recruiting organisation for the Services - there are almost as many reasons to join as there are members.
Membership cost is kept to an absolute minimum - £5 per month is typical but it does vary between units. Your subscriptions cover most of your activities and we even lend you your Uniform.
The ATC is a 'military' youth organisation and accordingly there are high standards to maintain. You will be expected to take a pride in your uniform and appearance, be well mannered and SELF disciplined - you will be joining something to be proud of.
* As of September 2014 you may join as a cadet at the age of 12 providing you are in year 8 of secondary education.
Are you up for the challenge?