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 168 Squadrons. This means that where ever you are in the Region, there is usually an Air Cadet unit near you.
You 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 12 (And in year 8) to 20. It is considered one of the country's premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training organization.
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 Squadrons.
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?
Last weekend Flt Lt Harrison undertook the RAF WARMA two day march at DCAE Cosford.
On Friday 28th October we began our Silver actual expedition in and around Nottinghamshire. On the first day we walked just over 17km on varied terrain. The whole group found it enjoyable and we were all in high spirits, although blisters were beginning to show. Even though it was October, the weather was nice and pleasant with sunny skies all day. On that day after ensuring that our bags were adjusted properly and checking that everyone was ready to go, we set off walking at 8:45am. Morale was high all day, and throughout parts we were singing, throughout most of it we were all bonding. By the end of the day we were all excited to reach the campsite. Once we had rested, we began cooking and setting up our tents. I personally cooked tomato chilli pasta.
On the 26th March, a team of 6 cadets from 128 (Barrow) Squadron competed against teams from the local Army, Sea and Marine cadets in the Inter-Cadet Forces competition, organised by the St George’s Society. The day involved the cadets learning a new skill in the form of pulling (or rowing!) and they were taught the technique by the Sea cadet unit’s staff.
Ten cadets from Durham/Northumberland Wing were recently presented with BTEC Diplomas by Mrs S Winfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear in a formal ceremony held at HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside.