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New Recruit Course PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Gibbons   
Friday, 05 September 2014 18:08

The new recruit course will run from 3 November 2014 and will run for 12 weeks. Please contact the squadron by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us 01708749141 (phone is only manned on a Monday and a Thursday 1900 - 2130)

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 15:05
 

What’s in it for you?

Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an air cadet is its own reward – you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DofE Awards. You’ll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what’s on offer you won’t need much persuading!

We have high standards to maintain as we are a ‘military’ youth organisation and you’ll naturally take pride in your uniform (we supply that) and appearance. You’ll be well mannered and self-disciplined. You’ll be joining an organisation of which you’ll be very proud.

 

Cadets Performing Continuity Drill At Queens Theatre Hornchurch

 

Cadets At Presentaion Evening

 

What to expect when you join

The Air Cadets is a uniformed youth club with some unique characteristics…
Flying, hence the ‘Air’ in Air Cadets, is what we’re known for. 
That’s not all we do; let me give you a taster... 
Gliding, now that’s like flying but guess what - the aircraft doesn’t have an engine!
It’s a great experience! If you go on a gliding course you may be awarded wings (For example silver wings, a badge for your uniform showing your ability to glide). 
Shooting is one of many other things we do. We shoot regularly on squadron evenings as well as attending wing wide shoots at weekends. We have shooting competitions and if your aim is good enough you’ll be awarded a Marksman. This is a badge showing that you have the skill to shoot. 
There are practical opportunities to study while you re having fun too, for example; courses in first aid, drill and many other things. 
The Air Cadet Organisation is the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the country, so we have the opportunity to complete our bronze, silver and gold awards. 
We regularly spend time away at camps, typically at an RAF stations, from those in the UK such as RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, to our stations overseas such as RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.
Fun sports include hockey, football, rugby, swimming, netball… I could go on…
Not only do we do the above but we take part in ceremonial parades such as: The Battle of Britain Memorial Service, our local Armed Forces Day Parade, Remembrance Day, The Lord Mayors Show and many more. 
Adventure training (nav ex stuff) is where we use compasses and maps to tell us where we’re going. We walk up hills (hill walking) and we learn how to walk them safely. We learn how to find our way without a compass and to get to our destination on time. 
We also learn fieldcraft (basic military skills) things like: Bramley and 7 hour exercises. That’s where we get the cam cream out and hide in bushes. Camping out in bivvi’s (something like a tent but not a tent at all!) and hide them with our surroundings. We learn to survive on rations and learn to cope in realistic scenarios… 
We are a team, we work together, play together, we have fun together and we try our hardest. It’s a great place to make friends and have a great time but you also learn some useful stuff.
What more could you ask for, for £2 a week?

- Cadet Florentina Bowden 6F Squadron

cadets on parade at battle of britain memorial hornchurch