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2391 (Parkstone) Squadron ATC/RAFAC

 

Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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2391 (Parkstone) Squadron, Air Training Corps

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) is the youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force. Young people have so much to offer to the world - we believe in the power that they hold, and know that they will mould future generations to come.

At 2391 (Parkstone) Squadron, RAFAC, we are here to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. We have a number of educational programs and leadership initiatives that help nurture our youth and help them develop the skills they will carry throughout their lives. Join today, and see how you can make an impact!

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What We Do

Committed to Making a Difference

This is what it's all about - activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.

Don't worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron as a trial, when you get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You then get gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.​

Get out and get active

Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here's a taster of what's in at's in store:​
  • Camping - Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
  • Easter/summer camps - As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
  • Overseas camps - Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practise 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 - another exciting possibility for cadets.
  • Adventurous training - A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.

     

    Get airborne

Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You'll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:​

  • Gliding - Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).
  • Air Experience Flights - Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll experience aerobatics and low level flying too.
  • Air Cadet Pilot Scheme - The pinnacle of flying as a cadet, for advanced handling. Complete this successfully and you'll be awarded your cadet pilot wings. And if you do exceptionally well you could be recommended for further training which will help towards your Private Pilot's Licence!
  • Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme - A great opportunity to use your navigation skills, this two-week course where you fly for up to eight hours is open to selected cadets. Success will lead to you gaining your 'wings'.

 

Think you can lead?

You may have more talent for it than you think. Leadership qualities are in all of us and the physically demanding 7-day summer cadet leadership course will help bring them out. Make it through and you’ll be a more confident and responsible cadet having learnt the full benefits of working in and leading a team.

Then, for an extra challenge, you could find yourself at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park in Surrey. All cadet forces throughout the UK (and some from overseas) attend courses there. Really flex your skills and you could come out with a trophy for your achievements.

Training syllabus

A key part of the cadet experience is your progress through the training syllabus. Set out in stages for you to work through, it enables you to open up more possibilities for activities, specialist technical training and rank promotion. It's slightly different between the ATC and CCF (RAF) but all cadets take part in lectures and hands-on projects. You also get outdoors and 'actually do it' as much as possible.

We expect a lot from you - it's a serious commitment to be a cadet - but once you've experienced it yourself we know you wouldn't have it any other way

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Want to join

Want To Join Us?

We guarantee that you won't find the incredible combination of adventure, opportunity and fun that Air Cadets offers anywhere else, and with nearly 1,000 units nationwide we're probably closer than you think. Cadets and adult volunteers all gain the same second-to-none experience where you can make lasting friendships and build upon your confidence, skills and achievements. ​

Cadets

If you've made it to this page then you're probably looking for a challenge; something to bring out what you're really capable of. Well, Air Cadets is where you get to prove it - you may even surprise yourself with what you can achieve.​

Volunteers

If you're aged over 20 you can volunteer. That's it. No need for military experience or any form of previous training - we'll take care of that. We're just looking for suitable, enthusiastic individuals to help our cadets get the most from thei time with us.

The benefits of being a part of the Air Cadet Organisation are the same for volunteers as for cadets - the opportunity to do lots of exciting activities and develop personal skills and talents. As a volunteer this is free to you! ​

Parents

We’re committed to keeping parents aware of what we do and the lengths we go to ensure that all our activities are safe, well organised and that our members gain a structured and invaluable experience. 

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Where We Are

Where We Are

159 Herbert Avenue, Parkstone, BH12 4HN

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Contact Us

 

2391 (Parkstone) Squadron
Air Training Corps
159 Herbert Avenue
Parkstone
Poole
Dorset, BH12 4HN

 

Tel No: 01202 715223

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2391 (Parkstone) Squadron parades on Monday and Thursday evenings

1930 hours to 2145 hours

 

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