Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Action and Adventure with the Air Cadets

ATC kids can work towards a BTEC!
Cirencester Air Cadets, (No 1245 (Cirencester) Squadron, Air Training Corps) was re-established in Cirencester nearly 6 years ago. The unit caters for both boys and girls from School Year 8 up to the age of 20 and meets every Tuesday and Friday evenings between 7.00 and 9.30pm at the Army Reserve Centre in Somerford Road.

Sponsored by the Royal Air Force, todays ATC is a vibrant and active youth organisation aimed at turning out well balanced, good citizens through the medium of an air minded programme, living up to the Corps motto ‘Venture Adventure’.

2016 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of the ATC and the year was full of activities that give a flavour of what is on offer to the Cadets. From flying in the Tutor, a light aircraft used for air experience, to the Chinook helicopter, our cadets achieved what is our main aim, that is to get airborne They took part in several Camps at RAF Stations across the
Wing Activity Day 2016
country where they were able to see first-hand the workings of a modern service for the present century. They also were able to shoot, gain swimming proficiencies and take part in field-craft exercises. Several attended the Royal International Air Tattoo helping with its organisation and the public’s safety.

Cadets have supported the local Community from Parades on ANZAC and Remembrance Days, helped with the Town Heritage Day, Race for life in the Park and collected for the RAF Association ‘Wings Appeal’.

Add to all of this, the Classification Scheme leading to a BTEC in aviation studies, the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Museum Visits and the general comradeship of mixing with new people, the ATC is never boring.

If interested in joining as either a Cadet or Adult Volunteer please contact the Officer Commanding on 07720436343.

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