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Offers opportunity to youths, in an environment that respects equality and diversity fostering leadership and good citizenship, founded on commitment and self-discipline.
Ready for a challenge?
As a cadet you'll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it's a challenge, but that's what life's all about.
Get a head start
We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but if you're thinking about a Service career, cadet membership will put you ahead of the competition. Many cadets go on to great success in the RAF (and the other Services). Around 40% of officers and 50% of all aircrew (including pilots, navigators and engineers) in the RAF now are ex-cadets. Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues. Likewise, if you chose a civilian career our research proves you can go on the great thingsâ€¦employers just love the skills and experience that air cadets offer.
Let's face it - where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a glider or powered aircraft when you're 17? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as a cadet you'll be self-motivated, confident and ready for anything.
565 (New Malden & Raynes Park) is a Squadron within the Air Training Corps - The ATC is the RAF's cadet force, divided into six regions, 36 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK.
Our mission is to be a modern, dynamic, sustainable airminded youth organisation of choice that offers fun and challenging opportunities, in support of the No 22 (Trg) Group Mission and the RAF Youth Strategy.
The Aims of the Air Training Corps are:
â˜† To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
â˜† To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
â˜† To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don't know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.
To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.
The ATC is proud to be the DofE Award's largest participant.
BTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification - more than 4,000 cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There's also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians.
Another essential skill you can pick up - train in this important area and you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. If those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation.
City & Guilds
Cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers.
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