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Air cadets is an organisation for young people to experience and learn some of the disciplines of the RAF and has been running since 1938.

Highly popular for young people who want to experience some of the life of the RAF as well as having lots of fun.

There are divisions of the Air Training Corps throughout the U.K.

Starting age is 13 years and you can remain a member for up to 18 years as a cadet. Then you can become a civilian member of staff.

You do not need any special abilities to join the corps, people from all walks of life join and the Air Corps are especially sympathetic to people with disabilities who are encouraged to join.

Originally named The Air Defence Corps in 1938 when the Air Corps first evolved the aim was to train young men in aviation ready for the RAF. These young men were trained in all aspects of the RAF. The original corps was set up by an ex Army Major-General and his son trained in aviation, so popular was the corps it caught on all over the U.K. realising it's efficiency the government took control. Today joining the cadets will give you a knowledge of aviation, learn new sports and have fun.

ACO is not a recruiting magnet for the RAF, there idea is to bring fun, friendship and help youngster evolve into good citizens. Many of the cadets though do decide to join the RAF and having had a basic insight tend to go on and do very well in the RAF.

Potential to learn new sports and disciplines, help out at air shows and other public events, enter competitions and travel in the U.K and outside. It is also possible to under take The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Closely Related Activities
Sea cadets. Army Cadets.

Costs to consider are membership fees, uniform and fees for camps and holidays.

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