Welcome to Air Cadets North
the website for North Region, Air Training Corps
The Region covers most of Northern England in a line from
the Mersey in the west, to the Humber in the east and north to the Scottish
boarders. There are over 6000 Air Cadets in North Region, located at one of
our 167 Squadrons. This means that where ever you are in the Region, there
is usually an Air Cadet unit near you.
What Do Air Cadets Do?
name it, there is a good chance there is an Air Cadet somewhere doing it!
Air Cadets is a voluntary, youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force.
It is open to anyone aged 13 to 17. It is considered one of the country's
premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training
Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program
which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential. This may come
in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing,
adventure training, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Most Squadrons will meet twice a week during which cadets are
able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones.
There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the
Additional activities are organised by Wings, North Region and
the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Army Training Estates and
even abroad and can last a lot longer than just a weekend. Your
local Squadron is always looking for new people to join, be it as a cadet,
volunteer staff or as a member of a Squadrons Civilian Committee.
Why not see where your nearest North Region Squadron is and
see how you could get involved?
News from North Region
The theme of the 2013 modelling competition for North Region is “Bi-Planes”. The judges feel that with the standard in recent years being so high they need to test the abilities and skills of the modellers within North Region.
We arrived at Wing Headquarters on the Friday afternoon full of energy and ready to tackle the RAF WARMA (Royal Air Force walking and road marching association) march at RAF Cosford, we had been training for this since November the previous year and for those of us that had been the previous year knew how much of a challenge the team and the individuals faced.
1053 Armthorpe Squadron and 103 Doncaster Squadron were invited to Doncaster Mansion house on Monday the 22nd of April 2013. Both Squadrons were invited to provide a Guard of Honour for Lancaster Bomber veteran Eric Clarke's 100th birthday.
As of 28th March 2013, our very own Sgt J Smith passed out of the Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course! It brought together a culmination of more than 7 months of tough weekend lectures and presentations. Here's what he had to say about his Graduation week:
Last year cadets from Shipley and Baildon Squadron, Air Training Corps, heard all about life at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst when Officer Cadet Matthew Wray who was undergoing officer training at the Academy visited the squadron. Matthew, a former Cadet Warrant Officer in the Air Training Corps, promised the cadets that he would return to talk to them after he was commission as an officer.
Recently, Gliding instructor Jordan Cameron passed Officer and Aircrew Selection at RAF Cranwell and was commissioned into the RAFVR(T). More recently on the 19th February, he attended RAF Cranwell once more for his Officer Initial Course where he also received his Commissioning Scroll from Chief Of Staff, Group Captain Lawlor.
The fifth Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC 5) graduated at RAF Linton-on-Ouse recently and saw another 37 students from across all six regions of the Air Cadets gain their certificates and patches. With cadets from all across the UK attending, six months of hard work came to an end with a series of syndicate presentations and a glittering graduation dinner held in the officers’ mess.
During the Easter Holidays, a group of cadets from Durham/Northumberland Wing (including seven cadets from 361 (Gateshead) Squadron) attended a tri-service music camp at Barry Buddon Training Camp, near Dundee in Scotland.
On the 26th of March Sergeants Kjersti (flute) and Jørgen Moore (drum kit) and Corporals Tom Hepworth (Alto Sax) and Samuel Shaw (Clarinet) from 1224 Wharfedale Sqn were invited to play as part of a new North Region Mess Band for the QAIC graduation dinner at RAF Linton-On-Ouse.
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