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The motto of the ATC is 'Venture Adventure'. The three aims of the ATC are:

* To promote and encourage amongst young men and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force

* To provide training which will be useful in the Services and Civilian Life

* To foster the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and
good citizenship


Most activities that cadets have the opportunity to undertake are free, as is the issue of uniform. There is sometimes a small charge for transportation to some events (particularly annual or overseas camps) and for messing whilst away on duty.

There are over 900 ATC Squadrons, with some 41000 cadets and more than 10000 adult staff. Cadets and the majority of staff are civilians, but some staff are reserve or regular RAF personnel.

There is a lot to gain from being an ATC cadet - as well as all the fun and excitement, the ATC can provide flying or gliding training, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and even a BTEC in aviation studies.

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