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Find out about
in the Air Training Corps

All ATC staff are volunteers. At 2187 (Canvey Island) Squadron staff our staff are mostly former Air Cadets or ex-regular HM Forces (although this is not a pre-requisite). There are both uniformed Reservist and civilian staff on squadron strength. Staff can attend courses to gain qualifications in First Aid, weapons training, mountain leadership, canoeing, basic expedition leader and more.

Officers are commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training branch), known as the RAFVR(T), and have to complete the Officers' Initial Course at the Adult Training facility (ATF) at RAF College Cranwell, and the Officers' Senior Course at a later date - the courses are geared to the development of your leadership skills. Officers are responsible for the overall organisation, running and administration of the squadron, as well as training squadron cadets and staff. Click here to find out more detail about joining as a staff member.

Promotion can take you through the ranks from Pilot Officer and Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader and even Wing Commander.

Click here to find out more about Flight Lieutenant Weston, the current Commanding Officer.

To become an Officer

1. To become an officer in the RAFVR(T) you generally first join as a civilian instructor or serve as a senior non-commissioned officer to gain experience. After 3-6 months you are interviewed by your Squadron Commander and then go before a Commissioning Board at Regional HQ. When you take the Queen's Commission in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve you are given an RAF uniform with VR(T) on the shoulder.

2. You will be attached to a squadron and you will be expected to attend for at least 12 hours per month. Our squadron meets twice a week, between 7.15-9.45pm on a Monday and a Friday.

3. As a volunteer you will not be paid but can claim up to 28 days remuneration plus travel and subsistence expenses.

4. You will be expected to attend the Officers' Initial Course at RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire within your first year and the Officers' Senior Course at a later date. The courses are geared towards developing your leadership skills.

5. You can also gain qualifications in mountain leadership, First Aid, NVQs and attend courses in corporate communications and shooting range management.

6. Promotion can take you through the ranks from Pilot Officer and Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader and even Wing Commander. (The substantive rank is Flying Officer and the others are acting ranks).

7. As your Air Cadet career progresses you may be offered a position on the Wing or Region staff.

8. On the squadron you will develop your leadership skills, help on routine parade nights with a range of activities and with the ATC's well respected academic syllabus. You may also take cadets aged 13-20 on adventure training activities at numerous locations including at our centres in Llanbedr, Wales and Windermere, Cumbria.

9. You will help cadets with their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, music and sport and accompany them to flying and gliding schools. You will even have the chance to take to the skies yourself!

10. The ATC runs camps across the UK and in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar as well as expeditions to far flung regions such as Mongolia, Iceland and South America. Each year a handful of adult volunteers are chosen to accompany cadets on the International Air Cadet Exchange to 15 countries including New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada. There may be the opportunity for you to travel.

11. Rest assured wearing a VR (T) uniform is a non-combatant role and does not mean you can be deployed to a war zone - your role is to train air cadets!


Click here to read about
other staff roles:


Pilot Officer

RAFVR(T) Officers at Summer Camp
Flying Officer

Officers on Map Reading exercise
Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant Weston receiving award from Mayor of Castle Point

Squadron Leader

Co-ordinating a map readning exercise
Wing Commander
Officers cap badge Junior Officers cap
RAFVR(T) Officers distinguishing badge Officers in Mess Dress
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Wednesday 13 August, 2008 20:53

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