So, are you ready to take the first step towards all the opportunities and benefits that the air cadets can offer you?
It's important to know that we're not a recruiting organisation for the Services (but it's great if you decide you want to join later on). We're not interested in anything but you and your potential, and will help you get the most from your experience as a cadet.
Worried about fitting in? Equality is a central part of the Air Cadets’ ethic. The cadet experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, background or ability, whether you're male or female, if you're between 13 and 17 years old you can join us.
The maximum age for entry is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 13th and 17th birthday. If you don't fit into that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer. Find out more on in our Adult Recruitment section.
What's in it for you?
Aside from flying, sports, target shooting, adventure training and great fun? You’ll soon find that being an air cadet is its own reward - you constantly see the benefits of your own efforts, building on your achievements and earning BTECs and DoE Awards. You'll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what's on offer you won't need much persuading!
We have high standards to maintain as we are a 'military' youth organisation and you'll naturally take pride in your uniform (we supply that) and appearance. You'll be well mannered and self-disciplined. You'll be joining an organisation of which you’ll be very proud.What are you waiting for! For more information, see our activities page.
All of our squadrons welcome personal visits by potential cadets (ideally accompanied by a parent or guardian), during one of their Parade Nights – these are held twice a week. Some squadrons recruit throughout the year, others have specific entry dates. Just come along and see if you like it - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing. So if you think 1370 Leven Squadron is right for you then contact us.
.22 - Lee Enfield No.8 Training Rifle.
5.56mm – L98A2 CGP (Cadet General Purpose) Rifle.
5.56mm – L86A2 LSW (Light Support Weapon)
7.62mm – L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle.
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.
Get your head in the clouds
There are plenty of opportunities for cadets to get in the air. Air Experience Flights could even see you take to the skies in a Grob Tutor light aircraft.
Stand out from the crowd and you could be put forward for an overseas flight on a Hercules, VC10 or Tri-star. If you’re really lucky you could even join a pilot in one of our fast-jet aircraft or experience the unbeatable exhilaration of a Red Arrows flight!
Gliding and flying are the best opportunities given to the air cadets. This is something very few people get to experience and as cadets, we get to do this as teenagers, on a regular basis.
Flying and gliding help to improve confidence and are also the building blocks when learning to fly, possibly for a future career in the RAF or even in commercial airlines.
We get opportunities from our local RAF bases, 860’s being Syerston and Linton on Ouse for gliding and Church Fenton for flying, to use their aircraft for the day.