Air Training Corps



The ACO is made up of two areas:


Air Training Corps - The ATC is the RAF's cadet force, divided into six regions, 34 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK.


Combined Cadet Force (RAF) - The CCF (RAF) is our section of the CCF which is made up of cadets from all three services, coming together in approximately 200 independent and state schools across the country


Our aims are to:


  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship


And there's one more important thing - it's a lot of fun!



The ATC is community-based and open to anyone aged between 13, or 12 if you are in year 8, and 20 years who is eligible (See Join us tab). Organised into more than 900 squadrons around the country, we’re probably closer than you think.


Amongst the many adventurous training opportunities on offer, we are the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme - that's not so surprising when you learn that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is the ATC's Air Commodore-in-Chief, taking a keen interest in seeing all our members fulfil their potential.


The ATC motto is 'Venture - Adventure' and our cadets know that it's more than just words - it's an attitude that helps you stand out from the crowd.