Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). Better known as the 'Air Cadets', we’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.
We're sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.
The ACO is made up of two areas:
Our aims are to:
And there's one more important thing - it's a lot of fun!
As a cadet you'll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it's a challenge, but that's what life's all about.
We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you're thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF (and the other Services). Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you chose a civilian career our research proves you can go on the great things…employers just love the skills and experience that air cadets offer.
Let's face it - where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you're 17? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you'll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything.
We run intake evenings so that new cadets can join at the same time as other new cadets. We find that this helps a lot with making new friends and settling in to the group. On an intake night, prospective new cadets come down to the squadron and watch a presentation about what we do, parents are encouraged to come along to this as well. We then do some fun team-building and leadership exercises with the new cadets while the parents complete some paperwork for those who want to join. They can then start attending regular parade nights.
If you are interested in joining, please email us at email@example.com and we will add you to the waiting list. We will then email you a reminder a week or two before the next intake evening.
To contact the squadron, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
We parade on Monday and Friday evenings, 19:30 to 22:00.
Our address is:
1116 (Woodley) Squadron
Air Training Corps
The Bader Hall
off Mohawk Way
Telephone: 0118 944 2459 (answerphone outside parade nights, as per timings above).