Air Training Corps is structured in such a way that as well as the
military influence there is an allied civilian structure. In fact
the Civilian Committees are the backbone of the Corps and determine
the running of the ATC from Squadron level through to representation
on the Air Defence Council.
Each ATC Squadron
has a Civilian Committee. These comprise of parents and friends
of the Squadron. Their role is to ensure the Squadron maintains
direction, assisting the Commanding Officer and raising funds.
is very important as although each Squadron is allocated a small
sum towards its administration costs all other expenses must not
be paid for from public money and therefore has to be paid for by
the Squadron itself. Other than Flying, Gliding and Shooting and
some sporting activities all other activities are funded through
parents and friends get a great deal of enjoyment, pleasure and
fun out of assisting 'their' Squadrons as members of the Civilian
Committee. Committees meet to their own timetable, usually once
per month, under the direction of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Most Squadron Civilian Committees will be very pleased to accept
offers of extra help - even if you can not commit to regular or
long term assistance.