Adult staff and volunteers are essential to success of the ATC. Here we have outlined some of the roles that we are always looking for at LXX Squadron.
To become an officer in the Air Cadets you generally first join as a civilian instructor or serve as a senior non-commissioned officer to gain experience. After 3-6 months you are interviewed by your Squadron Commander and then go before a Commissioning Board at Regional HQ. When you take the Queen’s Commission in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve you are given an RAF uniform with VR(T) on the shoulder.
You will be attached to a squadron and you will be expected to attend for at least 12 hours per month. Normally squadrons meet twice a week, perhaps between 7-9pm on a Monday and a Thursday – but the days and times vary according to each unit.
As a volunteer you will not be paid but can claim up to 28 days remuneration plus travel and subsistence expenses.
You will be expected to attend the Officers’ Initial Course at RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire within your first year and the Officers’ Senior Course at a later date. The courses are geared towards developing your leadership skills.
You can also gain qualifications in mountain leadership, First Aid, NVQs and attend courses in corporate communications and shooting range management. Promotion can take you through the ranks from Pilot Officer and Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader and even Wing Commander. (The substantive rank is Flying Officer and the others are acting ranks).
As your Air Cadet career progresses you may be offered a position on the Wing or Region staff.
On your squadron you will develop your leadership skills, help on routine parade nights with a range of activities and with the ACO’s well respected academic syllabus. You may also take cadets aged 13-20 on adventure training activities at numerous locations including at our centres in Llanbedr, Wales and Windermere, Cumbria.
You will help cadets with their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, music and sport and accompany them to flying and gliding schools. You might even have the chance to take to the skies yourself!
The ACO runs camps across the UK and in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar as well as expeditions to far flung regions such as Mongolia, Iceland and South America. Each year a handful of adult volunteers are chosen to accompany cadets on the International Air Cadet Exchange to 15 countries including New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada. There may be the opportunity for you to travel.
Rest assured wearing a VR (T) uniform is a non-combatant role and does not mean you can be deployed to a war zone – your role is to train the Next Generation of air cadets!
You may be entitled to 28 days pay and allowances.
•Adult Sergeant / Adult Warrant Officer
To become an Adult Sergeant in the Air Cadets you generally first join as a Civilian Instructor and after 3-6 months you will be interviewed by your squadron commander and then go into uniform.
When you get your Sergeant’s rank tapes you will also be given an RAF uniform and will wear ATC (Air Training Corps) on your shoulder.
When appointed you will be expected to attend the Senior Non Commissioned Officers’ Staff Initial Course (SSIC) at RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
You will be expected to give a minimum of 12 hours of your time per month for Air Cadet duties and will normally attend your squadron twice a week perhaps between 7-9pm on a Monday and Thursday. Times and days vary locally.
Your squadron duties include becoming involved in literally every aspect of Air Cadet activity from parade nights to adventure training and seven major sports to radio communications, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, bands and the respected academic syllabus.
Along the way you will help young people aged 13-20 to learn and to become good citizens but you will also develop your leadership skills and have the opportunity to pick up qualifications in mountain leadership, First Aid, NVQs and attend a number of courses.
Rest assured wearing a uniform is a non-combatant role and does not mean you can be deployed to a war zone – your role is to train the Next Generation of air cadets!
You may be entitled to 28 days pay.
Adult volunteers play a vital role in all aspects of cadet life, whether organizing activities, encouraging and educating cadets or helping the squadron to run smoothly.
We welcome all responsible adults – male or female – from all social backgrounds, cultures and religions. You do not need to have any prior military experience.
As a Civilian Instructor you can give as much or as little time as you can manage and you do not need any formal qualifications.
You will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and if you wish take qualifications in mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may also be useful to you in your career.
If you choose, you may apply to become an Adult Sergeant or an Officer in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve.
As a Civilian Instructor you can get involved in squadron activities but you do not have to wear a uniform.
Our volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try?
You can claim travel allowances.
•Civilian Committee Member
The Air Training Corps is structured in such a way that as well as the military influence there is an allied civilian structure. In fact the Civilian Committees are the backbone of the Corps and determine the running of the ATC from Squadron level through to representation on the Air Defence Council.
Each ATC Squadron has a Civilian Committee. These comprise of parents and friends of the Squadron. Their role is to ensure the Squadron maintains direction, assisting the Commanding Officer and raising funds.
Fund raising is very important as although each Squadron is allocated a small sum towards its administration costs all other expenses must not be paid for from public money and therefore has to be paid for by the Squadron itself. Other than Flying, Gliding and Shooting and some sporting activities all other activities are funded through fund raising.
Many parents and friends get a great deal of enjoyment, pleasure and fun out of assisting ‘their’ Squadrons as members of the Civilian Committee. Committees meet to their own timetable, usually once per month, under the direction of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Most Squadron Civilian Committees will be very pleased to accept offers of extra help – even if you can not commit to regular or long term assistance.