6F (Romford) Squadron
Army Reserve Centre
312 London Road
Tel: 01708 749141
Joining the Squadron
The Squadron now run three recruitment intakes per year with an open evening 1 week prior to the start of the course. This allows us to provide the best possible training to you and allows you to potentially join with other new cadets on the same night making new friends right away!
Please contact OC.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on our next recruitment intake. We usually have two per year.
As of 1 August 2014 our joining age has changed! You can now join as an Air Cadet at the age of 12 from the start of school Year 8, or at the age of 13 regardless of your school year. The maximum joining age is on your 17th birthday.
Cadets can stay with us until their 20th birthday; however, for continued service beyond your 18th birthday you must have met a specific set of criteria including completing a Disclosure Barring Service form (DBS, previously known as CRB).
Subscriptions and Other Payments
Subscriptions are paid by cadets to assist with funding the running of the squadron, including the purchasing of equipment for activities. A small contribution will also go towards the Air Training Corps General Purpose Fund. Subscriptions are paid by via bank standing order and are due on the first day of each month. If this is not possible then alternative arrangements can be made.
Core activities such as flying, gliding, shooting and normal parade nights are included within the subscriptions. Some other activities may have additional costs for travel, accommodation and food but all are at a reduced cost.
If you are still questioning whether or not the Air Cadet Organisation is for you, why not come down to our open evening for a taster? Open Evenings are held one week prior to the start of the course and potential cadets can expect to experience a range of activities including, Archery, First Aid, Command Tasks, Weapons Presentation and Flight Simulator Demonstration.
We ask that any potential cadet that attends the open evening attends with a parent or guardian who will be given a presentation about who we are and what we do as well as provide forms to register with us.
Your First Night
If you did not attend the presentation evening but still want to join, please bring a parent or guardian with you on your first night so that they can complete the necessary forms. For insurance reasons we are unable to let you attend the squadron without these forms being completed.
On your first night you will be given an introductory talk from one of our staff members. You will also be briefed on a few need-to-know points.
For the second half of the evening the new cadets will get involved in some practical group exercises to get the new recruits to acquaint themselves with each other, which is designed to help you fit into the unit quicker and easier.
For the first 12 weeks you will join the Recruit Flight, managed by the Basic Training Team and will be known as a Junior Cadet or Recruit. You will learn the basics of being an Air Cadet including the skills and knowledge required throughout your time in the Air Training Corps.
After approximately one month you will be issued your uniform, learn how to wear it correctly and will become enrolled as a full member of the Corps. After the 3 months Basic Training have been completed you will take part in a Passing Out Parade and will be awarded the First Class Cadet certificate and badge.