Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Air Cadets

Join As An Adult Volunteer



Over 20? Seeking a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills, leadership qualities and gain qualifications too?

In the Air Cadets, we constantly assess our past achievements, implement changes to meet the challenges of today and make plans for the future, whilst ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the organisation remains paramount.  A huge part of that planning comes from our team of Adult Volunteers.  As the backbone of our organisation we’re always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to plan, organise and run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying, or engineering you would be particularly welcome to support our educational delivery.  However we need people with a huge range of skills and experiences to support all aspects of the work we do.  

These aren’t essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage, but we are looking for a number of personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn’t be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!

Are you Officer or SNCO material?

We rely on our volunteers to help us operate as effectively as possible. Being well organised is an obvious must, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, and an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.

Really show your skills in these areas and you could end up taking on more responsibility and moving up through the ranks as an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO). Of course, first you have to join as a Civilian Instructor and then have selection interviews at Wing HQs and Regional HQs but we guide you through that…if you have the potential we will help you!

Read more in this section about opportunities when you join us as a Civilian Instructor, Civilian Gliding Instructor or Chaplain.


The most common volunteer designation in Air Cadets is Civilian Instructor – it’s a varied role allowing you to use your skills where they best fit. You can give as much or little time as you can, and you don’t need any formal qualifications – just enthusiasm.

Your role is vital to the success of our cadets. You’ll see your dedication and effort pay-off in the achievements you inspire amongst our members. But it isn’t just the cadets that benefit – you’ll get involved in many squadron activities and have the same kinds of opportunities as cadets to develop your leadership skills and gain qualifications in things such as mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may be useful to you in your career. You’ll also have as much fun as the cadets do!

And it doesn’t stop there. If you choose, you may apply to become a sergeant or an officer. As an Air Cadet officer you can claim up to 28 days’ volunteer allowance per year and work your way up through the ranks in a similar manner to the RAF.

Our volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try?


As a unique role in the organisation, our vision for chaplaincy is to provide appropriate pastoral care for all personnel within the Air Cadets, irrespective of religious belief or status.


If you’re a minister or priest of any religion you can apply to become a chaplain at any of our ATC squadrons up and down the country. There are openings for lay ministers such as readers, lay preachers and others who fulfil an authorised ministry in the pastoral work of the parish, circuit or district.

Where appropriate to meet the needs of cadets from non-Christian faiths, clerics from other religions may also be appointed. As an Honorary Chaplain within the ATC you don’t wear a uniform but are recognised by a Chaplain’s badge worn on your lapel and the larger edition worn on your preaching scarf.

Your role in the squadron is in offering guidance and leadership to cadets and members of staff on moral and spiritual matters. The commitment expected of a chaplain is a regular monthly visit to your unit to lead what is termed ‘the Padre’s hour’ and conduct the formal Enrolment Service when new cadets are received into full membership of the organisation.


What to do next

Find your local Squadron and fill in the interested in joining form – your local Wing will then get in touch.

Or for more information phone our membership line on 01603 427575


Steph Middleditch

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Ruth Gregory

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