||Do I have to join the RAF ?
No. Whilst the ATC has strong links with the RAF it is not a recruiting organisation for the RAF. The ATC is more about
building character and providing the youth of today with opportunities to experience different challenges. These are
qualities sought by all employers.
What are the age limits?
You can join the ATC at 13 years but for insurance purposes you have to be 13 years and 3 months before you can
participate in most activities. You have to be 14 years old before you can start the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Cadets can
remain in the ATC until they are 18 although some can progress to adult membership after they are 18.
How much does it cost ?
Cadets do not begin to pay subscription fees until they have completed their probationary period and been enrolled.
Once enrolled, a cadet will pay £5 per month. This can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually (all in advance)
either by cash, cheque or standing order. This compares very favourably with other uniformed youth organisations that
generally pay more than this and expect you to pay for the uniform as well!
The majority of core activities e.g. flying, gliding, shooting and sports events cost nothing to attend.
Camps at RAF stations do incur a cost for accommodation, food and travel, but where the Cadet's parent/guardian is in
receipt of Income Support a proportion of this charge is refunded.
Adventure training camps also incur some costs but again these are kept to a minimum (typically less than £15).
As a general rule courses run through the ATC are free in terms of travel but a small fee is required for food and
Where do I go ?
1297 Squadron meets every Thursday at its headquarters in Beachgate Lane, starting at 1900 hours. Our sports night is on
a Wednesday at the Mackie Academy, Slug Road.
What's my next step ?
Simply come along any Thursday night at 1900 hours, everyone is welcome, for directions
on how to find us, please click here or alternatively, please call Flt. Lt Duncan Campbell on
01569 765084 (any Thursday evening) or e-mail us on
We look forward to meeting with you.