Join us as a cadet

Joining the Squadron

As a new cadets, you’ll join the Squadron in one of our recruit intakes. There are usually two intakes each year, in September and February. The intake is known as Basic Training Flight (BTF).

Each BTF starts with a training day on a Saturday or Sunday. You’ll meet the other new cadets, as well as some of current cadets and staff. You’ll start to make new friends. It’s definitely less busy without the whole Squadron being there!

You’ll start your time in 1350 Squadron together with your BTF. You’ll train together during the first 4 months or so and will often become good friends. When you join as part of a group, it makes the new experiences more fun and builds a team from the first day.

Basic Training Flight

Basic Training Flight lasts about 4 months and you’ll learn a whole range of subjects. These include the history and organisation of the ATC and RAF, uniform, drill, map reading, first aid, basic airmanship and radio training. There’ll also be some sports and teamwork activities. At the end of BTF, you’ll graduate as a First Class cadet and move into A Flght or B Flight, to join the main Squadron’s training programme.

In the first week or so, you’ll be issued your first uniform, which is a simple coverall that everyone in the BTF wears. As you progress through your training, you’ll be issued with your full blue uniform. By the time you complete BTF, you’ll be wearing the same uniform as all the other cadets and will know how to look after it to the same standard as well.

Our next recruit intake

Our next recruit intake will be in March 2022. You’re also very welcome to join as a new cadet in the 2 weeks after this. We hope to start the intake with a face-to-face day of activities, depending on the COVID rules at the time. We will be contacting the potential recruits on our waiting list to arrange visits beforehand.

Please Contact Us to find out more, arrange a visit before joining and let us know that you are interested. Due to limited places, we are running a waiting list, but do have some space for the next intake.