Message from the Officer Commanding 2470 (Sudbury) Squadron

Flt Lt R C Appleby

The ATC is a national organisation made up of over 43,000 cadets including the Combined Cadet Force -  Royal Air Force Sections (CCF(RAF)).
Air Cadets, aged 12(year 8) to 20, and their supporting staff get the opportunity to participate in a large range of stimulating and rewarding activities that include flying and gliding, visits to Royal Air Force Stations, tour foreign countries, play sports from local to International level, learn the skills to lead expeditions, become a target shooting marksman, gain Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, canoe through white water, assist in your community, join a band, learn aviation subjects, go caving, parachuting, climbing, sailing, skiing… this list goes on. There is also a very important social aspect too - you will get to meet and make a lot of new friends.

The Aims of the Air Cadet Organisation are:

To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

The ATC helps to develop personal qualities and promotes a sense of community and citizenship valued by employers, both military and civil. Membership of the Squadron does not mean there a requirement to join the RAF or any other Service, that said though the activities do provide an insight which will be useful in the Services. In fact, a very large percentage of serving members of the Royal Air Force were air cadets. Although the ATC is not a recruiting organisation, many recruits into the Royal Air Force are ex-air cadets. If you are looking for a Service career, membership will help give you a head start. Research has shown that ex-cadets do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues without the benefit of cadet membership.
Please have a good look around our web-site and please feel free to contact us if you require further information or give us your feedback on how we may improve the site.

  • Squadron Location

    The Squadron is located in Gainsborough Street Sudbury with parade nights being held on Monday & Thursday evenings from 19.00 hrs to 21.30 hrs

This could be you!

The Air Cadets is the premier uniformed youth group in the country providing young boys and girls with fantastic opportunities such as Flying, Gliding, Adventure Training,The Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as a host of other activities.

Everyone is welcome, just come along and we'll tell you the next steps to joining the ATC.
Next intake: Monday 29th January 2018
For both boys and girls year 8 and above