All cadets receive training in a varied and action packed programme both on parade nights and weekends.
All activities are designed to challenge you and provide excitement and adventure. No activities are compulsory; however, you will be encouraged to “try something new” and to push yourself to new levels which you didn’t think you were capable of!
Parade nights consist of structured lectures on a variety of aviation related topics; starting with the basics. Once you have learnt the basics you will then gradually be introduced to new activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.
Cadet life is about learning through practical experience. Here’s a taster of what’s in store:
- Camping – Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team. No mum or dad here to get you up in the morning or make your meals! Your independence will blossom.
- Easter/summer camps – camps are held at RAF stations around the UK. This is a great opportunity to see the RAF in action; whilst undertaking flying, shooting, sport and visits.
- Overseas camps & Squadron organised trips – Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practice their displays (they train there). Head to Germany where you’ll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters! 372 Squadron also organise annual visits to battlefields and memorials in Belgium / France as well as Poland.
- Adventurous training – A huge part of cadet training. You will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, mountain biking and sailing to name just a few. Everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of each activity. Team effort really matters here – you’ll build new friendships, and learn to rely on other people you’re with to get the job done. Adventurous training also lets you show off or develop your leadership qualities.
- Visits – to air shows, places of interest and to London to see the full dress rehearsal for the Queen’s birthday parade (Trooping the Colour) are also planned.
- Volunteering – at 372 Squadron we also encourage you to “give something back to your community”. There are opportunities to help a variety of organisations giving of your time or through fundraising; you can make a difference to other people’s lives.
Parades & Drill – What’s the point of drill? Drill shows how disciplined and organised you can be as an individual. More importantly, drill shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour which air cadets are renowned for. When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a parade square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team, following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one sound. This is the result of practice and teamwork.
Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you’ll gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications as well.
There’s the Duke of Edinburgh Award that employers everywhere recognise as a great achievement and 372 (Barry) Squadron are very proactive in DofE
And there is more:
- Youth First Aid is another essential qualification which can be gained. If those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation.
- BTEC’s always popular and a widely recognised qualification worth 4 GCSE’s in the following subjects. First Diploma in Public Services, Aviation Studies and Music.
- Millenium Volunteers – cadets can also benefit from the voluntarily work which they will do in their local communities achieving 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.
Do you have a spirit for adventure?