372 Squadron offers young people from all walks of life a chance to get active, learn new skills and make new friends in an inspirational and safe environment. All adult staff hold a current CRB and are qualified in their specialist activities.
The Squadron doesn’t interfere with school and cadets gain invaluable experiences and strong personal ethics preparing them for university or in the career of their choosing. It’s true that some cadets do join armed forces, but there is no liability for them to do so after leaving the Squadron.
Under the guidance of the Squadron staff we’ll offer your son or daughter many activities to take part in and every opportunity to build their strengths and improve their confidence. We hope that they stay with us for several years and thoroughly enjoy their membership – the Squadron staff are always on hand to assist parents with any questions or concerns.
Parents responsibilities – We ask parents for as little as possible. The Squadron will provide most of the uniform and encourage cadets to be self-sufficient and keep their uniform in good order themselves. Don’t be upset if they ask you not to iron their shirt as the cadets are encouraged to do this themselves! However, you are responsible for their uniform and is issued on loan. Uniform must only be used for air cadet activities and must be returned at the end of their time with 372 Squadron.
Footwear is not included, so shoes or boots will need to be provided. Beyond this, your responsibility is mainly for ensuring your son or daughter arrive promptly for parade nights and supporting them as they progress.
Funding – All organisations need funding. We are luckier than most as the RAF provide the money for uniforms, premises, flying and other activities. Each cadet will pay subscription of £10 a month by standing order, which is great value. Other activities may incur a cost but we will always keep these to a minimum. We want the activities which 372 Squadron provide to be available to all cadets. The squadron staff are happy to discuss cost-related issues with parents at any time.