News & Events
05 February 2016
A great big happy 75!...Today is the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps and several units of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).
Our 1,000 squadrons and units across the UK and abroad are marking the anniversary and celebrating in style with a plethora of events.
Founded in 1941, and formed out of the Air Defence Cadet Corps, the Air Training Corps was established by Royal Warrant to promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force, to provide training which will be useful both in the Services and civil life and to foster the spirit of adventure and to develop the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
Initially only boys could join but in the early 1980s the rules changed to allow girls to join the Air Training Corps.
Today the RAF Air Cadets which comprises both the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) offers an extensive syllabus and teaches up to A-level standard physics. Leadership, music, health and safety, radio communications, adventure training, cyber, seven sports, drill, First Aid and camps, expeditions and the International Air Cadet Exchange programme keep cadets aged 12-19 busy.
Famous former cadets
Famous former cadets are testament to the quality of the organisation. They include Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse, 007 actor Timothy Dalton, the late Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer and author, the late actor Richard Burton, Tom Fletcher, vocalist with McFly; Brian Jones, record breaking round-the-world balloonist; Chris Ryan, Special Air Service and author, Will Whitehorn, of Virgin Galactic and several sports personalities including Geoff Capes, Olympic shot-putter and John Conteh.
Please follow this link…to see what the RAF Air Cadets have planned to celebrate in 2016.