Join as a Cadet
How old do I need to be?
The ATC is open to anyone between the age of 12 and 18. Please note that 12 year olds must be in Year 8 at school to be eligible to join.
How much does it cost?
Subscriptions make an important contribution to the finances of the squadron and help to fund many of the activities, materials and infrastructure that directly or indirectly benefit the cadets.
Joining 1216 (Eastleigh) Squadron costs nothing until you are enrolled. Once enrolled subscriptions are due. Subscriptions are £12.00 per month and paid by Standing Order Mandate. If parents are UK tax payers, we ask that they also complete a Gift Aid Declaration which means that for every £1 the cadets pay in subs, the tax office will donate an additional 28p. The ATC is concerned that no one should be denied membership on grounds of financial ability, if cost is an issue then please speak with the Squadron Commander, he will always do all he can to help.
Air Cadet Membership is exceptionally good value, especially when compared with other youth organisations. For your £12.00 a month you will receive a free uniform on-loan to you until you resign, all you need to find are a pair of shoes! You also get all of your shooting, flying and gliding - not bad is it?! The only time you will be asked for additional funds will be if you wish to attend annual camp, overseas camps, D of E expeditions and other more expensive activities. Having said that, a week's camp in the UK with all your food, accommodation and activities for the week will only set you back approximately £55! Again, if cost is a problem speak to the Squadron Commander; do not let it stop you from getting as much out of your time in the Corps as possible!
What do I get?
Apart from your uniform and training (that can lead to a BTEC in Aviation Studies) you will gain skills that will be of value to you throughout your life and will set you head and shoulders above the competition at university or job interviews. You will also make some of your best friends within the Corps, not just from your Squadron but people that you meet on camp or at sports. One thing is for sure YOU WILL GET AS MUCH OUT OF THE ATC AS YOU PUT IN, it might be hard going sometimes and some parade nights might be more fun than others, but stick with it and you will reap the benefits.