Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It’s our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter. There are plenty of opportunities for cadets to get in the air. Air Experience … Continue Reading
2322 (Dowty) Squadron
Thank you for showing an interest in 2322 (Dowty) Squadron Air Cadets (Air Training Corps).
The Squadron was founded by Sir George Dowty, Chairman and founder of the Dowty Group of Companies in 1952 for the benefit of young apprentices employed by the company. The Squadron spent the first six years as a Detached Flight of 125 (Cheltenham) Squadron until in 1958 it was granted full Squadron status and by this time it was enrolling cadets from outside the company.
The Air Training Corps has been in existence since 1941 and boasts around 36000 members throughout the UK and overseas. Both boys and girls are welcome to join the organisation which is closely affiliated to the Royal Air Force. It provides challenging aviation, adventurous, and community activities and also includes active participation in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Visits to RAF Camps including RIAT are popular with activities such as flying, fixed and helicopter, work experience and more. Cadets over the years have visited many overseas camps including Gibralter, Germany, Cyprus at little cost. Further opportunites exist for International Air Cadet exchanges to countries like New Zealand, USA, Israel and more.There is no obligation or pressure to join the services but those who wish to join the RAF are encouraged to do so. Service and achievement within the ATC can gain academic qualifications assisting future job prospects, with many future employers now looking for other “Outside interests” of which the ATC is second to none. Schools also recognise the valuable training given and allow time off to attend activities with no penalties or problems.
Cadets can join aged 12 (Year 8 ) and remain till aged 20. Many cadets opt to remain as Instructors either Civilian or Uniformed. This kind of voluntary service with the ATC is not only fun but could lead to civilian recognised qualifications which enhances employment and promotion prospects within the work environment. Many firms allow paid leave to attend cadet activities.
For further information about joining either as a cadet or adult instructor just come along to the Squadron on a Monday or Thursday evening 7pm to 9-30pm
2322 (Dowty) Squadron
The Cadet Centre
T: 01242 233 322
Monday & Thursday
19:00 - 21:30
excluding bank holidays