Q: What does ATC stand for?
A: Air Training Corps.
Q: How old do I have to be?
A: You must be in year 12 to join the ATC – the maximum age that you can stay until is 20 but you can’t join after you are 17.
Q: Do I have to wear uniform?
A: Yes. You will be loaned a uniform which you will wear while attending ATC activities, you will be issued your uniform once you have been with over a month.
Q: What should I wear until I get my uniform?
A: You should come in smart clothes or school uniform.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: You need to pay a subscription fee, currently this works out at £100 per year. This covers most activities, however there are extra fees for camps which normally cost £30-40.
Q: How much does uniform cost?
A: Uniform is loaned to you for free!
Q: What evenings do we meet?
A: Monday and Thursday.
Q: What time should I arrive?
A: We start at 7pm so you should arrive at the latest at 6:45pm.
Q: What time do we finish?
A: We finish at 9:30pm (21:30).
Q: Do I really get to fly?
A: Yes! We try to aim that each cadet gets to fly at lease once a year. Most of flying is during the week, so you will need a day off school, most schools do not have a problem with this as it is an excellent experience. We also go gliding some weekends.
Q: Do I need to attend both evenings of the week?
A: While it is not essential for you to come both evenings it is strongly advised, you will not get as much out of the ATC if you only come once a week.
Q: Can I start activities straight away?
A: Not quite, you need to do a period of initial training before you can do some of our activities, we will explain this to you when you join.
Q: What will my first evening be like?
A: When you arrive, ideally with your parents or a guardian, one of the squadron staff will sit down and have a chat with you, and will be happy to answer any questions you or your parents may have, there are some forms to fill in and some leaflets to take away and read.
We will then assign one of the older cadets to show you around the building and generally help you on your first night. Once you have had your tour we will teach you a bit about the Air Cadets and some important things you need to know. You will also get to see the first and final parade taking place, in a couple of weeks you will be on parade with the rest!
When you come next parade night, you will join the Hawk Flight and do your initial training with the rest of the new recruits, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone, you will soon make new friends!