Joining as a Cadet

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How to join as a cadet?

Have a look at some of the Frequently Asked Questions below and begin your cadet career! 


Q: How old do you have to be to join?
A: You must be 12 years old and in school year 8 to join the Air Cadets.
Q: How much does is cost?
A: Subscriptions are £8 a month (we ask that this is paid each month by standing order to reduce our admin overhead). As a cadet you also have to pay a one off cost of £20. This is to purchase your squadron polo shirt and also covers the first months subs.
Q: Where do you meet?
A: We parade at our Squadron Headquarters on Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash. See our Contact Us page for more information.
 Q: When do you meet?
 A: We parade on Monday and Thursday from 7:00 pm till 9:30 pm.
 Q: Do I get a uniform?
 A: We will provide you with your full RAF issue uniform, the only part we do ask you to purchase is your parade shoes. However these are relatively inexpensive.
 Q: Is there any financial support available?
 A: If you are unable to pay the required subs fee or camp levy then do not be afraid as this does not have to stop you from attending. Please see the squadron staff on any night for more information on the matter.

Equal Opportunities

The ACO is committed to equal opportunities and we welcome members with disabilities. There are blind Cadets participating in activities including target shooting and adventure training; wheelchairs are no barrier to many of the pursuits available - we can even get you abseiling! Help with dyslexia and other learning difficulties can be given to help Cadets pass the training syllabus levels. The Squadron will do its utmost to ensure that as many people was possible can take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

It does need to be noted, however, that not all Squadrons are able to supply wheelchair access and that the physically and mentally challenging nature of some of our activities may exclude some from participating. This is down to purely practical and logistical problems. Each Squadron will have its own individual characteristics. We will do our best to try and overcome them but it is only fair to prospective and current members to state that membership may not be suitable for all and that there may be some things you will be unable to take part in. The Commanding Officer will be very pleased to meet and discuss with you any concerns you may have and offer advice. Don't be put off from enquiring about joining, make contact and see what you can do.

Cadets who have any form of learning difficulty, especially dyslexia, should ensure that the Staff are aware. The ACO will do its best to help all Cadets succeed, regardless of ability.


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