Air Cadets

Cadet life is all about challenge, excitement and adventure. Cadets have many opportunities including UK and overseas camps, leadership courses, air experience flights and pilot training. The focus is always on enjoying yourself while improving your skills.

Being a cadet


Adult volunteers play a vital role in all aspects of RAF cadet life. From organising activities, encouraging and educating cadets or helping the squadron run smoothly. There’s also opportunities for volunteers to develop their own skills and leadership qualities.

Being a volunteer

Our People

Our 10,000 adult volunteers help us keep things running safely and smoothly. They support our squadrons around the UK with admin, training, wellbeing and much more. All volunteers also have opportunities to develop their own skills and qualifications.

Our people

There are 43,000 Royal Air Force Air Cadets across the UK. As an inclusive and diverse organisation, we welcome all people and each has their own reasons for joining and their own stories to tell about life with the cadets.

Our people


Our priority is making sure that every experience and setting for cadets is safe, inclusive and nurturing. Our safeguarding policy is robust, regularly reviewed and is available for all parents, carers, cadets and volunteers at any time.


About safeguarding


With the RAF Air Cadets you’ll be able to try exciting challenges like flying and gliding, space and cyber, sports and adventure training. You will be able to gain and improve key life skills such as confidence, teamwork and leadership.

Our activities

Training and Education

We have a varied syllabus of training and education for both cadets and adult volunteers. You can gain skills and qualifications that will be useful for your daily lives and careers.

Training and education


There’s lots of opportunity to learn about space and cyber in the Air Cadets. From the technology developed for space travel, learning about the universe, rocket engines, satellites and space pioneers. The sky is not the limit.

About space


It’s important to us that parents and carers trust the Air Cadets. We have all the information you need about commitment, costs, uniforms, safety and everything else. We’re also easy to contact with any other questions or concerns.