About the ATC

The Air Training Corps is a national youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force. Initially formed to meet the needs of a nation at war in 1941, the Air Training Corps has changed a lot since then. It now seeks to develop young people by providing challenging aviation, adventurous and community activities. The aims of the Air Training Corps are:
  • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
  • To provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life.
  • To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship

As an Air Cadet you'll have the opportunity to go flying and gliding, learn how to shoot, play sport to a National level, live and train in the field, visit RAF bases across the UK and other countries, go caving and climbing and much more. The Air Training Corps is also the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK.

The Air Training Corps now has over 40,000 cadets in over 1,000 squadrons. They are supported by over 10,000 staff and 5,000 committee members.

Although not a recruiting organisation for the Royal Air Force, many members of the Air Training Corps go on to have careers in the Royal Air Force. Currently 47% of RAF Officers and 50% of RAF Aircrew are ex-cadets.

If you're interested in joining what is often called the 'best kept secret' for young people, check out the How to Join section of the website. It could be the best move you make!