The Air Cadet’s Training Syllabus is designed to ensure that the training Cadets receive is both progressive and helps to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enable full participation in the other activities that are available. The Training that Cadets receive will vary between practical demonstration, formal lectures, hands-on projects and outdoor activities.
The technical training is based around providing training in preparation and support of the flying and gliding activities. Many Cadets find that the training syllabus is one of the more interesting and useful aspects of their overall training. Most Squadrons now offer a BTEC in Aviation Studies to Cadets who successfully complete the training syllabus. This is a nationally recognised qualification (that can be used as the science requirement for RAF entry) and can be a great addition to a Cadets CV.
The syllabus training is broken down into specific areas of studies and content. These are known as Classifications.
Upon joining the Squadron, a cadet will first have to undergo a recruit training phase. This is carried out over a few months, to teach the new recruit the basics of drill, and the workings of the ATC, and the RAF, as set out by the guidelines for ‘First Class Cadet- Part One’ (See recruitment page for more details). Upon leaving the Recruit training phase, a new cadet will be formally enrolled on the Squadron, and will then be a ‘Second Class’ cadet.
First Class Cadet
Following their enrolment, a new second class cadet will then work through ACP 36, which is an Induction Handbook for New Cadets. As a Second Class Cadet they will next complete First Class Cadet Training – Part Two and Part Three training programme which is intended as a foundation for future subjects.
The First Class Cadet – Part Two training programme covers the following:
• The Royal Air Force
• The History of Flight
The First Class Cadet – Part Three training programme covers the following:
• Initial Expedition Training
• Basic Radio Communications
• Map Reading
• Basic Principles of Airmanship
All parts of the First Class Cadet training is delivered through practical demonstration by instructors within and around Squadron premises, rather than desk-bound instruction and there are checks of understanding for those cadets completing the training rather than written examinations.
Cadets who have any form of learning difficulty, especially dyslexia, should ensure that the Staff are made aware. The Air Cadet Organisation will do its best to help all Cadets succeed, regardless of ability.