Basingstoke Air Cadets Drummer

If you're a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you're in the right place. Every year nearly 56,000 air cadets and volunteer staff take part in exciting events all over the country. And with over 1,000 squadrons across the UK, you could be one of them.

A taster of whats instore at Basingstoke Air Cadets!
  • Annual camps - You will have the opportunity to go on camps throughout the year to RAF stations around the UK. These week-long camps are packed with exciting activities, both on and off the Station.
  • Overseas camps - Annual overseas camps are held in other European countries such as Germany where you'll visit a city, or a cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters - another exciting possibility for cadets. If you go to Cyprus with its fantastic weather, swimming, and sailing, you may even see the Red Arrows practising their displays. Once you are 18 years old, you will have the opportunity to apply for the International Air Cadet Exchange. These camps have been held as far afield as the USA and Australia!
  • Adventurous training - Adventure training is a huge part of Cadet life, with many different opportunities to undertake rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, and hill walking to name a few! Spend a week at one of our two National Adventure Training Centres (Llanbedr and Windermere), and put all of your skills into practice and learn your team’s strengths.

Enjoy Flying?

  • 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'.
  • Widen your horizons - Membership of the ATC is exciting, rewarding, and above all fun. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, do things and visit places you never thought you would, and meet lots of like-minded people who will become your team-mates and friends. You’ll also have the opportunity to challenge yourself with adventurous training, be selected to represent your country or school on the International Air Cadet Exchange programme, or develop your potential on the Air Cadet Leadership Course. You can really shine as a cadet.
Basingstoke Air Cadets Groups Basingstoke Air Cadets Flying Basingstoke Air Cadets Presentation Basingstoke Air Cadets Simulator
Basingstoke Air Cadets Band

Flying and Gliding

Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter.

There are plenty of opportunities for cadets to get in the air. Air Experience Flights could even see you take to the skies in a Grob Tutor light aircraft.

Basingstoke Air Cadets Kayak

Duke Of Edinburgh

You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don't know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.

To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.

We are proud here at Basingstoke to have our own DofE assesor who will help guide the cadets through all stages of the award.

Basingstoke Air Cadets Band

Shooting

Whatever level you are as a cadet, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at military skills and drills including shooting.

We’ll teach you to handle a variety of weapons safely. Basic firing is always done lying on your stomach (the prone position) at static targets. Progress through the syllabus and you'll experience different types of weapons, firing positions and could even take part in shooting competitions if you really prove your skills.

Ranges come in different shapes and sizes but all are in controlled conditions with full training on any weapon that you handle - safety is our top priority. To start with you'll be firing at targets that are fairly close - around 25m away. As you advance through weapons and your skill builds, you will fire at targets 100m or more away.

Basingstoke Air Cadets Band

Sports

Feeling competitive? As an air cadet you can take part in seven main sports at different levels - athletics, cross country, football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming. Whatever you do it'll help improve your physical fitness levels and your team skills. If you're good enough at your favourite sport we'll notice, and can help you take it to the next level.

There are frequent tournaments between squadrons, where the best players are selected to represent the wing. The same then happens for the region, with wings competing against each other and the best players making up the regional team. If you make it through each of those selections then you're good. Really good. You'll be at the top of your game and will have a shot at representing the entire cadet corps, nationally and even internationally.

Each squadron runs loads of different sport activities. These could include 5-a-side, table tennis, volleyball, racquet sports or many others. You'll be playing for fun but we'll encourage you to unleash your competitive side. Don't worry if you don't think sport is your strength. You don't have to be the next Olympic star, just take the opportunities and enjoy yourself!

Basingstoke Air Cadets Band

Education and Training

Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you'll gain as an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career.

But did you know there's also:

  • Leadership training, where you can really prove your worth as leader - a skill that will build your confidence and your ability to deal with different kinds of people. If you can handle it you could get to the Junior Leaders course - it's gruelling but what you get out of it will be invaluable to you for the rest of your life.
  • BTECs are always popular and a widely recognised qualification - more than 4,000 cadets have registered for the First Diploma in Public Services and over 6,000 have signed up for the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There's also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) for budding musicians.
  • First Aid is another essential skill you can pick up - train in this important area and you may be awarded a certificate from St Johns Ambulance. If those skills were called upon you could make all the difference in a life or death situation.
  • City & Guilds - cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management, as can our volunteers.
Basingstoke Air Cadets Parade

Drill and Ceremonial

What’s the point of drill? You may think that it doesn’t have much to do with things like Adventure training or leadership, but that’s not the case. Drill forms the basis of military discipline, and with this discipline you can challenge yourself to be more organised as an individual, remember more instructions and details, and also carry out more activities safely and efficiently. More importantly, it shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour for which air cadets are known for.

Basingstoke Air Cadets Band

Music

Do you have a flair for music? It plays a popular role in the life of cadets and playing as part of your squadron band is highly rewarding - competition for places is usually strong. Our aims are to introduce you to music within the cadets, provide you with musical instruction and the opportunity to play in our bands.

Every year Music Camps are arranged at all levels of the organisation. The first Air Cadet National Concert Band camp of the year usually takes place during the school half-term holiday in February. The camp is arranged by Air Cadets HQ and takes the form of a week’s work experience with one of the two professional RAF Bands based at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire: the Band of the RAF College or the Band of the RAF Regiment. Sharing a stage with the best musicians in the RAF is a priceless experience!

Address

  • TA Centre
  • Penrith Road
  • Basingstoke
  • RG21 8XW

Contact