There are a number of Uniformed and Non-uniformed roles for adults within the Air Cadet Organisation. As an adult you can join the ATC as a Civilian Instructor and even become a uniformed Officer. You do not need to be ex-Services to have the skills to make a difference.
‘I feel I’m doing something for the community…’
All staff are volunteers. Each Squadron or Unit is led by Commissioned Officers from the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch). Within the Air Training Corps they are supported by Adult Warrant Officers with Civilian Instructors completing the team. Most Squadrons also have a Chaplain associated with them.
In addition to the staff working directly with the Cadets there are also opportunities for those who wish to help in a support role. The Civilian Committee, which each ATC Squadron must have, takes responsibility for the overall management/direction of the Sqn, fundraising etc. Many parents and friends get a great deal of enjoyment, satisfaction and fun from working in this important area.
Staff members are drawn from all backgrounds and walks of life. There may well be some ex-Service men and women amongst the staff but that is not a requirement. It is not uncommon to discover a “Yellow Pages” of trades. Sales Assistants, Mechanics, Police Officers, Students, Zoologists, IT Workers, Unemployed, Council Staff, Businessmen… you could easily find yourself working alongside and making new friends with people who have all sorts of skills and talents.
Whether your interest is in aero-modelling, astronomy, sailing or space travel; whether you have a mountain leaders certificate, gliding wings or no formal qualifications if you want to assist the Air Cadets to develop self-confidence, qualities of leadership and good citizenship you will be amongst good company.
Everyone shares the same commitment to give up their free time to help young people. They enjoy getting involved with something structured and exciting, seeing the Cadets progress and develop. The proud look on a Cadets face when they have achieved their first flight, completed an expedition or big parade and knowing you have been instrumental in helping them achieve it is the reward. It is also extremely good fun because you get to take part in many of the activities yourself whether it be flying, shooting, canoeing etc. It gives a responsibility and challenge that is different from usual day to day work. Those who have previously been Cadets often say they like to “put something back in” but whatever the motivation there are few better, more exciting, rewarding or satisfying ways of avoiding becoming a ‘couch potato’.