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Air Cadets

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). Better known as the Air Cadets, we’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.

Our aims are to promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people, provide training which will be useful in civilian life, encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

And there's one more important thing - it's a lot of fun!

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.

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  • Flying
  • Gliding
  • Shooting
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sports
  • Winter sports
  • Leadership training
  • BTEC qualifications
  • First Aid

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"Since joining the Air Cadets, I’ve had so much fun – I’ve even flown a glider!"

Air Cadet, aged 17