Cadet Code of Conduct – excerpt from ACP 020

Below is the code of conduct which is sourced from Version 6.0 of ACP 020, Annex A of PI 501. If you wish to read the full version please contact a member of squadron staff who can provide a copy for you to read.



4. Upon becoming a member of the ATC all cadets are committing themselves to following this Code of Conduct and all cadets are required to:

a. Set an example they would wish others to follow and treat everyone with equal respect and dignity.

b. Respect and be sensitive to individuals’ beliefs, faiths and religions.

c. Respect each others’ rights to privacy.

d. Not make fun of anyone else because of their colour, race, religion, abilities or disabilities.

e. Keep others informed of where they are and what they are doing whilst engaged on RAFAC activities.

f. Attend squadron parade nights at the specified times on a regular basis, unless leave of absence has been previously authorised by the Sqn CO.

g. Not leave an air cadet activity without permission from an adult member of staff.

h. Abide by all air cadet orders when undergoing air cadet activities.

I, Work as part of a team.

j. Listen to fellow cadets and adult members of staff.

k. Report any concerns they have about the way a fellow cadet is being treated either during an air cadet activity or at home, to an appropriate adult member of staff.

l. Show understanding and sensitivity to others.

m. Any cadet who is arrested, issued with a warrant for arrest, is under investigation by the police or social services or who is officially informed that a charge is to be preferred against them, is convicted of a criminal offence or receives a police caution, warning, reprimand or fixed penalty notice, or is the subject of any child protection concern (eg by a professional body, primary employer or educational establishment), is to report the circumstances to their Sqn CO at the earliest opportunity.

5. During their time in the ATC, cadets aged 17 and under must never:

a. Bully fellow cadets or adult members of staff.

b. Enter into a personal relationship with an adult member of staff or a Staff Cadet.

c. Permit or accept abusive or discriminatory behaviour or peer-led activities (eg initiation ceremonies, bullying, taunting or abusive/indecent/obscene text, emails and social networking forum postings).

d. Engage in inappropriate behaviour or contact (eg physical, verbal, sexual, including horseplay).

e. Allow or encourage other cadets to engage in inappropriate behaviour or contact.

f. Use inappropriate, demeaning or foul language towards others, (verbal, in writing, by phone, texting, email or via social networking sites/forums).

g. Make sexually suggestive comments (verbal, in writing, by phone, texting, e-mail or via social networking sites/forums).

h. Consume alcohol or misuse drugs or other substances when undertaking RAFAC activities.

i. Attend any RAFAC building, establishment or activity whilst under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances.

j. Smoke in public whilst in uniform (includes e-cigarettes).

k. Undermine or criticise others (verbal, in writing, by phone, text message, e-mail or via social networking sites/forums).

l. Put themselves or others in compromising or potentially dangerous situations.

m. Promote their own religious or political ideals or beliefs to anyone.

n. Let allegations, suspicions or concerns about abuse go unreported.

o. Trivialise abuse.

6. In addition to the above, cadets should be made aware of their responsibilities if they wish to leave squadron premises or an RAFAC activity whilst it is still ongoing.

a. Cadets must inform the Sqn CO or CFAV leader explaining why they wish to leave.

b. The Sqn CO or CFAV in charge of the activity should discuss with the cadet their reasons for wanting to leave to see if any issues need to be resolved/addressed.

c. If it is agreed that the cadet still wishes to leave the activity, and the cadet is under the age of 18, the Sqn CO or CFAV in charge of the activity should make contact with the parents/carers/guardians of the cadet to make arrangements for their journey home (ie the parent/carer/guardian to collect their child or obtain their permission for their child to make their own way home). Once a cadet has left the squadron premises or activity the RAFAC has no responsibility for the cadet’s welfare, if these provisions have been met.

d. The Sqn CO or CFAV in charge of the activity should discuss with the parents/carers/guardians of a cadet under the age of 18 the reasons why their child wanted to leave the squadron premises or activity – to see if any issues need to be resolved/addressed and to discuss when the cadet will next attend the squadron.

e. Similarly, if a cadet under the age of 18 wishes to leave the RAFAC permanently the Sqn CO should contact parents/carers/guardians to discuss the reasons why they wish to leave and whether there is anything that can be done to encourage them to continue in the RAFAC.

f. If the cadet still wishes to leave the RAFAC permanently the Sqn CO should proceed with the termination of membership documentation.