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Thinking of joining? Some of your questions answered…

Who are the Air Cadets?

The Air Cadets, officially known as the ATC (Air Training Corps), is a national adventure youth organisation, run by highly qualified volunteers, for boys and girls between the ages of 12 (year 8) to 17 years, with support from the RAF. What it isn’t is a youth club! All meetings and activities are planned in advance and although not strictly part of the RAF, our organisation, structure and uniforms broadly mirror the RAF.

With almost 40,000 cadets, within nearly 1,000 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country’s premier youth organizations and the world’s largest youth air training organization. The Cadets are supported by a volunteer staff of over 12,000 plus 5,000 Civilian Committee Members.

What do the Air Cadets offer?

It offers the chance to fulfil your potential as a confident, self-disciplined and articulate young man or woman. It is for this reason that it is often commented upon that cadets, upon leaving the Air Cadets to embark on their chosen career or higher education, stand out amongst the crowd. Additionally, a well earned BTEC in Aviation Studies and the highly respected Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards are all recognised by potential employers.

How old do I have to be to join?

The age limits for 2375 Squadron, as with the rest of the RAF Air Cadets is 12 years old and in year 8.  The upper age is 17 years old.

How often do the Air Cadets meet and for how long?

Neston Squadron meets every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7PM – 9:30PM.

There are often activities at the weekend too.

What if I already have existing commitments that clash?

We always recommend to anyone with other existing commitments, that they come along for the first few weeks and see how they get on.  There is no initial firm commitment to the Air Cadets, financially or otherwise, for the first two weeks from joining, so nothing lost if you come down when you can for a few weeks and see how it goes, before making a final decision.

How much does it cost?

To be part of our fantastic organisation, it costs just £15 per month, which is paid via standing order.
We never want a Cadet to miss out due to the cost of our activities, you can talk to the Officer Commanding, in confidence, who can talk to the Squadron welfare committee!

Some camps and activities are at extra cost, but normally heavily subsidised. A week away costs on average £50-60.

Will I need to buy my own uniform?

You will be provided with all ‘blues’ uniform (except shoes). The No3 Field Dress (Greens) is also private purchase, however, the Squadron can signpost you to places to purchase these items.

What are the aims of the Air Cadets?

The Air Cadets has three main aims, they are;

  • To promote and encourage among young men and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful both in the Services and in civil life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and to develop the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

What will I do as an Air Cadet?

The Air Cadets has lots to offer you – the sky is the limit – literally!

The following list is not complete but for starters how about :-

Flying in light aircraft
Gliding – even earn your wings as a solo pilot!
Adventure Training
Target shooting and marksmanship skills
Marching band musician
Sports, including hockey, netball, football, rugby, cross-country, canoe polo
Visiting and/or staying at RAF bases
Opportunities to travel to overseas units
BTEC in Aviation Studies, Music and Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community
Duke of Edinburgh Awards

How often do Air Cadets fly?

Most cadets fly about twice per year, but this does very depending on available places and weather conditions.

Older cadets have the chance to apply for gliding and flying scholarships, where they will spend several weekends, or a whole week, being trained to solo standard in an aircraft!

How can I find out more?

Simply visit, call or complete the contact form.

What does the 2375 motto mean?

“Veritas Honos Vires” Truth, Honour and Courage.

Expand your Horizons

If you’re a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you’re in the right place. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. And with over 1,000 squadrons across the UK, you could be one of them

Experienced Staff

The Officers Staff Cadets and Civilian Instructors work as a team to achieve cadets expectations. We have a combined 60+ years experience, helping cadets be successful in today’s world. Have questions? Come and meet us!


Office: 0151 336 2551
email: [email protected]


2375 (Neston) Sqn, Tanks Field, Church Lane, Neston. CH64 9UT