With almost 41,000 members, aged from 13 to 20 years, in over 1,000 Squadrons across the UK, the Air Cadets is the world's largest premier youth air training organisation. The cadets are supported by volunteer staff of nearly 10,000 with an additional 5,000 Civilian Committee members.
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is part of the Air Cadet Organization (ACO) which also includes Royal Air Force (RAF) sections of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The ATC is a voluntary youth organisation supported by the RAF.
The Air Training Corps is the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and perhaps its not surprising when you learn that HRH Prince Philip is the ATC's Commodore-in-Chief. HRH Prince Philip takes a keen interest in the organisation and all of its members.
'Air Cadets' get the opportunity of flying in RAF and commercial aircraft - many progressing to achieve Flying Scholarships and their Private Pilots Licence (PPL). The Corps has charitable status and is not a recruiting organisation for the RAF although many members do go on to have careers within the RAF, other Services or civilian life.