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!
  • Easter/summer camps - There are numerous opportunities to visit RAF stations and see their inner workings, as well as opportunities to visit local attractions and activities.
  • 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 in the summer). Head to Germany where you'll visit popular cities and memorials from both World Wars. You may even get to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), where you’ll spend two weeks as a UK ambassador all across the globe.
  • 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'.
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Basingstoke Air Cadets Band


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!

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 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.


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