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 13 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.
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