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Join as a Cadet

The fact that you are looking at this page suggests you are thinking of joining the Air Cadets. Congratulations, you have found the best Squadron in Surrey.


All we ask of our cadets is that they try their best at whatever they do. Our ethic is 'the harder you try, the more you will succeed'. Although we understand that young people have other priorities such as school and in some cases part time work, we do encourage maximum attendance where possible and we like to see an effort to attend events.


Any young person, male or female, regardless of background, can fit into the Air Cadets. As long as you have started Year 8 at school and are not yet 17, why not give it a try? If you are older, you may wish to consider joining as a volunteer staff member.

What will I be doing?

The Air Cadets is famous for getting air minded youth into the skies. We offer flying experience, instruction and qualifications (up to solo standard), as well as gliding - in the ATC you can legally pilot a glider a year before you can drive a car on a road in the UK!


As well as flying, you will enjoy camps, adventure training, sports, drill, projects, lessons in aviation related topics, shooting.. the list goes on and on. As you progress through your training you will also be given the opportunity to gain a BTEC in aviation studies as well as a Duke of Edinburgh Award. You'll be expected to take part in as many of the activities we run as possible, but with what's on offer you won't need much persuading!


Once you have been a member for a while and proved your commitment to your Commanding Officer, you will be provided with a uniform, free of charge. As we are a disciplined youth organisation, we will expect high standards of behaviour, effort and appearance at all times.

What are you waiting for?

You have got this far in the website and you are still reading - the Air Cadets is probably for you. Every summer 450 Squadron has a big recruiting campaign but this does not mean you cannot join at any time of the year. We welcome personal visits by potential cadets (ideally accompanied by a parent or guardian), during one of our Parade Nights which are held on Mondays and Fridays. Just come along and see if you like it - you don't have to join, but at least check out what you might be missing. CONTACT US FOR MORE RECRUITING INFORMATION!

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