being a cadet

What's it really like being an Air Cadet? The best people to tell you ofcourse are the cadets themselves. From all the activities that are on offer, to what the process is when you join the Squadron, you'll find all the information below. Don't forget, if you want to find out more, you can ask us a question of Facebook or Twitter, or drop us an email. We also hold regular open evenings where you and your parents/guardians can come down and find out everything you would need to know about the Air Cadets and 216 (Redditch) Squadron.

The cadet experience

We take cadets from the age of 12 (and in Year 8 at school) up to their 17th Birthday. Many of our cadets have stayed on and completed their entire cadet careers up to they are 20, with many of our staff ex-cadets also.

It really is a completely different experience than what you would get anywhere else, and the activities and opportunities we offer are truely one of a kind. But don't take our word for it, watch the video from some of our cadets, telling you about when they have done as a cadet in 216 Squadron.

Initial Training

When you join the Squadron you'll become a junior cadet and start your initial training with us. There is some basic elements you need to learn first before you can take part in many of the activities we offer.

On a parade night you will mostly take part in the same activities as everyone else except for those that require you to be in uniform (such as camps). We then run a CIT (Cadet Initial Training) Course soon after our open evenings. This is a residential weekend held at our Squadron. You will be taught all the basics of drill, be given your uniform (which is FREE!) and taught how to maintain it by our senior cadet training team and staff. You will then have your drill assessment on the Sunday, which once you've passed you can wear your uniform with pride!

Hear from our latest recruits in the video.

Passing Out

Once you've completed your training course, you not quite a fully-fledge member of the Squadron and Air Cadets yet. This is when we hold your passing out parade. Your parents and family are welcomed down to the Squadron where you will parade in-front of them and the rest of the Squadron and marched in with the Squadron standard and band playing.

You are then enrolled by the Officer Commanding and Squadron Padre. This is a military tradition, and a chance for you to show off what you've learnt. It's a great culmination to your initial training and marks the start of your cadet careers.

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