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Air Training Corps

The Air Training Corps has 33,000 cadets aged from 13 to 20 years old making the ATC (Air Cadets) one of the country’s largest youth organizations. The ATC as a part of the Air Cadets organisation makes up the world’s largest youth air training organization.

Although the Air Training Corps (ATC) is supported by the Royal Air Force (RAF) it is not a recruiting organization for the RAF. That said, many ex-ATC cadets do go on to have careers in the Royal Air Force or other Services although most carry on to non-military civilian careers.

Although most Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets do not go on to careers in the RAF the opposite is not the case; there is a high proportion of ex-ATC cadets in the RAF. Currently approximately 50% of all aircrew (pilots, navigators and NCO aircrew) and 40% of Officers are ex-ATC cadets.

The message is therefore clear. If you join the ATC you are not destined nor even necessarily considering a career in the RAF. However, if you hope to join the RAF, then joining the Air Training Corps (ATC) is a step towards an RAF career.

The Aims of the Air Training Corps are:

  • To promote and encourage among young people 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
  • To develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship

The Air Training Corps (ATC) provides cadets with the opportunity to fly, participate in community work and adventure training, gain BTEC qualifications and the ATC is the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) Motto is:

‘Venture – Adventure’

The local branch is located at:

35 (Wetherby) Squadron,
Air Training Corps

Barleyfields Road
Wetherby