As the schools return from the summer holidays it is time for us to reach out, capitalise on a busy summer of community engagement and show potential cadets what the Air Training Corps has to offer them.
The squadron will be opening its doors on the evening of Thursday 28th September 2017 between 7pm and 9pm to give prospective cadets and their family and friends a chance to look around the McCombie Cadet Centre in Banchory and learn what we do through the year.
Current cadets and staff will be on hand to explain what we have on offer and to answer any questions that you may have.
You can join us as a cadet from the age of 12 if you are in Year 8 in England. This equates to S2 in Scotland but because of the way that Scottish school terms work, new cadets need to have started back in August before you can join.
If you are already 13 you can join immediately and we will accept new cadets up to the age of 17.
There are no nationality or residency requirements for cadets.
Air Cadets get the chance to do things that many others only dream about, such as adventurous training, camps, drill and flying as well as activities and courses that will challenge you, develop your skills and help you succeed in whatever you want to do.
The squadron has a rich history of success in Drill and First Aid competitions but aims to offer as wide and diverse a range of Air Cadet opportunities as we are able to.
How To Join
Come along to the squadron on one of our parade nights and take a look for yourselves. If you like what you see, take away a set of joining paperwork and when you return it you are a member of the squadron.
If it later turns out that you do not enjoy what we have to offer you can walk away, but please let us know so that we can tidy up the associated admin.
What Happens Next
New recruits ("Junior Cadets") will go through a basic induction process, where you will be shown around the squadron and briefed on who the main people are, where the toilets and fire assembly points are located and so on. We will take a photo of you for various records and we will measure you up for uniform.
After induction you will start learning about what it means to be an air cadet, a bit about our history, how we dress, how we behave and how to march. At around this time you will be officially "enrolled" into the organisation and issued with your F3822 log book. Your training will continue, covering more of the basic skills that will be valuable throughout your cadet career until you have completed the First Class syllabus and have been awarded your First Class badge.
This may not be the first badge you earn - under our new Progressive Training Syllabus you may well have earned blue-level badges for first aid, communications, Pre-DofE, shooting or leadership.
Of course you will not be stuck at the squadron building up skills but can be involved in various activities at other locations. We try to keep things varied and encourage our cadets to get involved in as much as they can.