To make sure that new cadets get the best start to their cadet experience, 65 Squadron runs an intake system for new joiners. On most other squadrons, new cadets are able to turn up at any time and have to either wait for other new joiners, or catch up with cadets already well into their initial training. So that we can deliver a more structured start, and an action packed program for each intake, we have two possible start dates for new joiners each year. These are in September and April, two or three weeks after returning to school following the summer and easter holidays. Once you are registered, we will be in touch with actual intake dates, and full details of the joining process, about a month in advance. On your intake night, come along with a parent or guardian. There will be a presentation and a chance to chat to the staff and cadets and ask any questions you like. The sections below outline the phases of training that you will go through in your first year as an Air Cadet, I hope that this information is useful, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
There is quite a lot to learn as a new cadet, and phase one training is designed to make sure that you are able to safely take part in all of our activities, that you are competent at preparing your kit and have a good understanding of how the organisation works. We also want to make sure that you do not get embarrassed by saying or doing the wrong thing. Phase one takes four weeks, and when completed you will be issued with your uniform, and enrolled as a cadet.
During phase two training you will cover General service training, including Aviation and RAF history, as well as practical subjects such as Weapons Handling, Radio Communications, First Aid and Expedition Skills. Phase two takes a further eight weeks, following this you will be awarded your First Class cadet classification.
The remainder of your first year on the squadron is known as phase three training. During phase three we want you to experience as much as possible of what the ATC has to offer. As a minimum you will be expected to have... Had your first flying lesson in a Glider. Flown aerobatics in the Tutor T1. Attended a leadership or first aid weekend course. Attained Squadron Marksman on the No.8 Rifle. Obtained a VHF Radio operators provisional certificate. Spent a week on an RAF station. Completed a weekend Adventure training activity. Usually a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award practice expedition. Taken part in a remembrance parade. Completed the Phase three exercise “Blue Thunder”.
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