Buckle in because today, to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets is launching its national recruitment campaign specifically for adult volunteers.
The RAF Air Cadets, consisting the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), has 1,200 squadrons and units across the UK and each one relies on the support of adult volunteers to offer the air cadet experience within their local community.
The RAF Air Cadets, whose Royal Patron is the Duchess of Cambridge, is also considered to be the ultimate air and space youth organisation and membership of our prestigious world-class organisation is highly valued.
Adult volunteers are welcome from all walks of life, with a range of backgrounds and interests.
As training and support in working with young people is available, prior experience in this area is not essential.
A recent report from the University of Northants into the positive impact of the Cadet Forces to society highlights the significant social and personal benefits of becoming an adult volunteer including availability of nationally recognised training.
There are many opportunities available for adult volunteers. This includes learning new skills, making new friends, having fun, inspiring today’s young people, giving something back to communities as well as taking part in and leading a wide range of subjects and activities.
The latter includes visits to RAF stations, space and aviation related training and events, science and technology, hill walking, kayaking, target shooting, expeditions, camps, sport, music, Remembrance parades and much, much more.
Our adult volunteers can undertake a wide range of activities whilst helping cadets aged 12-19 learn and develop.
There are even opportunities to become a gliding instructor with us at one of the Volunteer Gliding Squadrons run by No. 2 Flying Training School; become a squadron padre or a member of our civilian committees supporting squadrons. And for those who are in the Forces, we have roles as Service Helpers.
New volunteers can join as civilian instructors or non-commissioned officers and if they wish they can apply to become a commissioned officer and graduate from the RAF Air Cadets Training Academy at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.
The RAF Air Cadets provides training so it’s a smooth process and along the way volunteers are helping the cadets grow their leadership and team working skills.
There are also qualifications that can be achieved including those at degree level through the CVQO as well as Lowland Leader, First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor and an Award in Education and Training.
The RAF Air Cadets is a progressive and inclusive youth organisation, with a growing number of support groups for everyone including those who do or do not follow a faith; sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, well-being and a network of other adult volunteers.
To join the growing network of RAF Air Cadet adult volunteers, visit www.raf.mod.uk/ aircadets and find your local squadron and help our cadets continue reaching for the stars. For social connection: facebook.com/aircadets, Instagram.com/aircadets and twitter.com/aircadets.