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Life as an air cadet brings new friends, new experiences, and rewarding achievements through the activities we offer. The Opportunities are endless!

Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron where you will get to know the other cadets and start your basic training. You will then be gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Air Cadets across the London and South East Region participate in air experience flying in Grob Tutor aircraft, where they get the chance to take the controls – what a great way to spend time at a weekend. Having learnt how to handle a Cadet Rifle, they also regularly taking part in target shooting on a range in a supervised environment.

If sport is your thing, then you could compete in a number of sports and could go on to represent not only your Squadron, Wing but the Region at National Level. Enjoy the outdoors, then the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is on offer up to Gold level. Adventure training is highly popular with air cadets in our Region. You could go rock climbing, abseiling or kayaking; maybe even go on an expedition overseas.

Across the Region our cadets are having fun gaining new skills along the way. What are you waiting for – join us today!

Your Opportunities

Get Airborne

Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You’ll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies. From your first Air Experience Flight, right through to your first solo on a RAF flying scholarship, the Air Cadets can help you achieve your dream of flying.

Gliding – Soar to success! Go solo before you can drive! Cadets have progressive training, which is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).

Air Cadets Flying Opportunities

Think You Can Lead?

Leadership training, where you can really prove your worth as leader – a skill that will build your confidence and your ability to deal with different kinds of people. If you can handle it you could get to the Junior Leaders course – it’s gruelling but what you get out of it will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life.

Sports

Compete or play just for fun. Cadets participate in wide variety of sports, both team and individual disciplines and can achieve sporting blues and can even represent the Corps!

Drill & Ceremonial

Learn to wear your uniform with pride as you march in unison as part of a Squad or take pride of place in a number of massed parades across the Region.

Music

Air Cadets in LaSER have opportunities to play a variety of musical instruments and work towards achieving a BTEC First Diploma in Music equivalent to 4 GCSEs grades A*-C. Some local Squadrons have their own music band as does the Region. Dedicated band training weekends are run for cadets, not only at Region, but also at national level. Our musicians regularly perform at high profile events such as Lord Mayor’s Show and Birmingham Tattoo.

Air Cadets Music Opportunities

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is becoming more significant to the skill set of our cadets. We work with the RAF STEM Team and the Smallpeice Trust to bring a greater understanding of opportunities in future careers not only in the RAF but also in Industry, with a focus on leadership, teamwork and communication skills. This is achieved by introduction to the subjects through residential Aerospace Camps and Wing Training Days. These early experiences prepare cadets for the opportunity to apply for our highly regarded Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course which is open by competitive selection to senior cadets.

Get Out & Get Active

Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here’s a taster of what’s in store:

  • Adventurous training – A huge part of cadet training. Fancy abseiling down a 30ft wall? How about rock climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, parachuting or canoeing down a river? As an Air Cadet, take the opportunity to challenge yourself!
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award – The CO is the single biggest operator of the scheme and employers everywhere recognise the Award as a great achievement. You can take on the challenge as part of your adventurous training, working your way up through the levels of Bronze and Silver, all the way to Gold – something to be really proud of.
  • Camping – Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
  • Annual Camps – Sponsored by the Royal Air Force and led by our volunteer officers, cadets can enjoy annual camps held at RAF Stations around the UK or abroad, during Easter and Summer school holiday periods. Work experience opportunities are a major part of these camps and provide an insight into cadets chosen vocational interests.
-Duke of Edinburgh Award

First Aid Training

A valuable life skill which the Air Cadet Organisation supports through training, courses and formal qualifications for both cadets and volunteers, may of whom have used this skill to preserve life in real first aid situations.

Target Shooting

Safety underpins all aspects of cadet rifle training. Cadets are supervised by trained and qualified members of staff continuously during their time on the range, and must pass safety tests before being allowed to handle rifles themselves. Through this nationally recognised popular sport cadets learn self-discipline, patience and concentration, and can take aim to achieve marksmanship badges or even compete to achieve the “cadet 100” badge, reserved for the top 100 sharp-shooters in the Country.

Air Cadets Target Shooting Opportunities

Academic Qualifications

  • BTEC awards in Aviation Studies, Public Services and Music, equivalent to 10 GCSEs grades A* – C! Academic qualifications are also available to our volunteer staff.
  • City & Guilds – cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers.

For further information about Cadet Opportunities please view this pdf.