Our main task is to develop and execute strategies for the 6 wings and 176 Squadrons and Detached Flights under our command. Our Region Officers and civilian staff are directly involved in this strategy process or support those who are.
These people together with our air cadets, and adult volunteers share the task of shaping the future of the Corps and, indirectly, our parent service, the Royal Air Force.
Our aims are to:
Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
And there's one more important thing - it's a lot of fun!
The Royal Air Force’s role, in conjunction with the Defence organisations, is to deliver the UK Defence Vision:
Defend the UK and its interests.
Strengthen international peace and stability.
Be a force for good in the world.
Air Cadets aged 13 to 20 are given the chance by our team of staff and adult volunteers to experience and enjoy many activities.
Learn to fly aerobatics, learn skills to lead expeditions, tour foreign countries, compete in sporting competitions, become target shooting marksman, join a band, learn about aviation and aerospace, gain BTEC awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, attend camps and courses in the UK and beyond- only a small list of the many activities and opportunities for an enviable social life with many new friends.
A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. Time to get involved and go the extra mile?