Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Air Cadets
What We Do
SO MUCH TO DO AT THE CADETS
WHAT WE DO
Whatever level you are as a cadet, you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at military skills and drills including shooting. Marksmanship is a skill which requires focus, concentration and a very steady hand. There are awards for all levels of shooting and you can progress through different types of weapons too.
Parade & Drill
Drill & Parades Drill is an important part of the Air Cadets. It shows how disciplined and organised you can be as an individual, remembering instructions and carrying them out accurately. More importantly, it shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour which air cadets are renowned for.
FLYING & GLIDING
Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.
Whether it is a ‘Blues’ camp to an active RAF station, an Aerospace camp learning about lots of STEM activities, learning all about how to perfect your drill and ceremonial technique or an overseas trip to our squadron in Gibraltar there are loads of new experiences just waiting for you!
Adventurous Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet’s training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters – you’ll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you’re with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.
Feeling competitive? As an air cadet you can take part in seven main sports at different levels – athletics, cross country, football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming. Whatever you do it’ll help improve your physical fitness levels and your team skills. If you’re good enough at your favourite sport we’ll notice, and can help you take it to the next level.
Education and Training
Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you’ll gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career. First Aid qualifications and BTEC Awards are just some of the qualifications you can study for.
Fieldcraft is an all-encompassing term for lots of different skills and activities designed to teach you how the military work and live in the field. This could inlcude the basics of personal camouflage and concealment, stealthy movement in the field, and learning to work as part of a team to accomplish certain tasks.
Do you have a flair for music? It plays a popular role in the life of cadets and playing as part of your squadron band is highly rewarding – competition for places is usually strong. Our aims are to introduce you to music within the cadets, provide you with musical instruction and the opportunity to play in our bands.
An important part of an air cadet squadron’s role is to engage in their local community. This helps to promote the great things we can offer but it can also help with fundraising on a squadron too. Helping at local events, collecting for the Poppy Appeal and doing bag packs in your local supermarket and all part of air cadet life!
You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don’t know what it is or whether it’s for you. Well, it’s for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple – ‘to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements’.
This is what it’s all about – activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.
Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron as a trial, when you get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You then get gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
Get out and get active
Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here’s a taster of what’s in store:
Camping: Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
Easter/summer camps: As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
Overseas camps: Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practise their displays (they train there). Head to Germany where you’ll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters – another exciting possibility for cadets.
Adventurous training: A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.
Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You’ll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:
Gliding: Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).
Air Experience Flights: Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll experience aerobatics and low level flying too.
Air Cadet Pilot Scheme: The pinnacle of flying as a cadet, for advanced handling. Complete this successfully and you’ll be awarded your cadet pilot wings. And if you do exceptionally well you could be recommended for further training which will help towards your Private Pilot’s Licence!
Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme: A great opportunity to use your navigation skills, this two-week course where you fly for up to eight hours is open to selected cadets. Success will lead to you gaining your ‘wings’.
Think you can lead?
You may have more talent for it than you think. Leadership qualities are in all of us and the physically demanding 7-day summer cadet leadership course will help bring them out. Make it through and you’ll be a more confident and responsible cadet having learnt the full benefits of working in and leading a team.
Then, for an extra challenge, you could find yourself at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park in Surrey. All cadet forces throughout the UK (and some from overseas) attend courses there. Really flex your skills and you could come out with a trophy for your achievements.
A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. It’s slightly different between the ATC and CCF (RAF) but all cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and ‘actually do it’ as much as possible.
We expect a lot from you – it’s a serious commitment to be a cadet – but once you’ve experienced it yourself we know you wouldn’t have it any other way.