In 1938 the Air Defense Cadet Corps was formed, its role was to assist the RAF on active bases and train the pilots of the next generation. In 1940 the war cabinet proposed the formation of the Air Training Corps (ATC) to replace this, and on the 5th February 1941 the ATC was formed. It was charged with assisting the RAF and preparing teenagers for life in the Royal Air Force.
The ATC today (otherwise known as the RAF Air Cadets) is no longer a recruiting tool, instead, it gives people aged 12-20 experiences they couldn’t get anywhere else. Cadets undertake activities that are not only fun, but make them the good citizens that they are today, more confident, well rounded and good leaders.
A Cadet’s view
“For me, cadets has really helped improve my self confidence and I have learnt so many new and important skills such as first aid and how to effectively lead a group. I have also made great friends and so many memories , joining cadets has definitely been one of the best decisions of my life.”Cdt Sgt Isobel Vickery from 613 (Alton) Squadron