This is what it’s all about – activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.
Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron as a trial, where you get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You then get gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
Get out and get active
Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here’s a taster of what’s in store:
Camping – Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
Easter/summer camps – As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
Overseas camps – Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practice their displays (they train there). Head to Germany where you’ll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters – another exciting possibility for cadets.
Adventurous training – A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.
Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You’ll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:
Gliding – Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight.
Air Experience Flightshttp://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/
For information about opportunities to join as an adult volunteer, please read the information on our adult volunteering page