Our local Air Cadet organisation, the 1409 (Consett) Squadron, based at their brand-new modern Parliament Street Headquarters, is recruiting for young people, male and female, who wish to join. The ATC is a dynamic youth organisation that offers great opportunities for exciting fun and personal development. The age requirements are that young people must be over the age of 12yrs and under their 18th birthday to join.
The Air Training Corps was originally established in 1941, when the Country was fighting for its survival and the Royal Air Force was the cornerstone of our defence. As it still is to this day. The original aim was to train young people in a number of skills areas and to imbue them with a sense of discipline that would aid their development and prove exceptionally useful in later life. The ATC was able to train people in preparation for the flying services including the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm, the aircraft carrier born flying branch of the Royal Navy.
The Air Training Corps 1409 (Consett) Squadron was established just two months later, during 1941, and is still proudly offering excellent opportunities to Derwentside youngsters during their 75 Anniversary year.
However, the Air Cadets are firmly a 21st Century, broadly based and more dynamic, Youth Training Organization that still has very strong links with the RAF and flying. For young people thinking about whether to join the Air Cadets and looking for excitement and with an eye on a career in the flying branches of the Military the Air Cadets is made to measure.
Would you like to learn to fly a gliders and light aircraft?
Would you like to learn many useful skills, go on Camps on RAF Stations, and meet up with other Air Cadet Squadrons on joint activities?
Do you enjoy a wide variety of Sports?
How about working toward your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), aiming for your very own Gold award?
Being a member of the Air Cadets will enable young people to enjoy fine times. In addition, the Air Cadets are smart, they parade before illustrious persons including Royalty showing just how proud they are to belong to a Youth Organisation that is inclusive and challenging, whilst being a cool way to meet like-minded people.
The September recruitment intake will occur on 26th September.
The benefits offered are:
- To, Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
- Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
- Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship
- And there’s one more important thing – it’s a lot of fun!
[Source ATC (Consett) 1409 website.]
- Interested youngsters, and their parents, should either call at the Parliament Street HQ on Squadron meeting nights Monday and Friday from 7pm-9.15pm, or check their website: 1409sqn.org