As an Air Cadet what will I be doing?

As a new starter you will be looked after by the junior cadet training team. This team consists of an officer and experienced cadets. We have an extensive and varied training program.

On the first evening you will be issued with a pair of green coveralls, and go straight into that evenings training program. After approximately 4 weeks you will be issued your uniform. (Subject to availability) It will be your responsibility to look after your uniform. Make sure it is kept clean and well pressed, as we have regular inspections.

You will learn about the Air Training Corps which will combine both practical and theory sessions. This will cover:

  • The Royal Air Force
  • History of flight
  • Outdoor expeditions
  • Radio Communications
  • Map reading
  • Airmanship
  • Rifle marksmanship principles


This should take 4 to 6 months to complete if you attend parade on both nights of each week.

You will also be able to take part in a wide range of activities which include

Flying, gliding, sports, field craft, target shooting, first aid, camps and much more.

As you progress, you will be able to attend an NCO cadre course. This is the first step for you to being promoted. It consists of a residential weekend course which is run at the squadron and is designed to put you through your paces. If successful you will be promoted to the rank of Corporal. Later as your experience grows you will reach the rank of Sergeant, Flight Sergeant or even a Cadet Warrant (the highest rank in the Air Cadets).  

You will also be able to earn your Duke of Edinburgh awards, BTEC scheme in Public services, Aviation studies and Music. This could potentially gain you the equivalent of extra GCSE’s on top of your school academic qualifications.


When does the Squadron meet?

We meet every Monday and Thursday at the Squadron on Curzon Lane, Alvaston, Derby.  Cadets are expected to arrive at 18:45hrs promptly and the final parade completes at 21:30hrs.

Should you wish to visit us with a view to joining please contact us first using the telephone number or contact form here.  This is just to ensure that we can have an Officer or Civilian Instructor available to show you around the Squadron.