will be expected to attend the Officers' Initial Course
at RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire within your first year
and the Officers' Senior Course at a later date. The courses
are geared towards developing your leadership skills.
can also gain qualifications in mountain leadership, First
Aid, NVQs and attend courses in corporate communications and
shooting range management.
6. Promotion can take you through the ranks from Pilot Officer
and Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader
and even Wing Commander. (The substantive rank is Flying Officer
and the others are acting ranks).
your Air Cadet career progresses you may be offered a position
on the Wing or Region staff.
your squadron you will develop your leadership skills, help
on routine parade nights with a range of activities and with
the ACO's well respected academic syllabus. You may also take
cadets aged 13-20 on adventure training activities at numerous
locations including at our centres in Llanbedr, Wales and
You will help cadets with their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards,
music and sport and accompany them to flying and gliding schools.
You might even have the chance to take to the skies yourself!
The ACO runs camps across the UK and in Germany, Cyprus and
Gibraltar as well as expeditions to far flung regions such
as Mongolia, Iceland and South America. Each year a handful
of adult volunteers are chosen to accompany cadets on the
International Air Cadet Exchange to 15 countries including
New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and
Canada. There may be the opportunity for you to travel.
Rest assured wearing a VR (T) uniform is a non-combatant role
and does not mean you can be deployed to a war zone - your
role is to train the Next Generation of air cadets!
You may be entitled to 28 days pay and allowances.