There are more than 40,000 Royal Air Force Air Cadets between the ages of 12 and 19 across the United Kingdom and, if you’re not one already, we want you to join us.

Being an Air Cadet improves career and employment prospects and also often helps with performance at school. It’s also a lot of fun.

Find out more about being an air cadet

An organisation for everyone

We’re a diverse and inclusive youth organisation, sponsored by the Royal Air Force, that is keen to embrace opportunities in Air, Space and Cyberspace. We hold national camps as well as focused activities and experiences in flying, gliding, sport, adventurous training, drill, target shooting and cyber skills among others. We also can help you academically with BTECs in Aerospace Studies and Space Studies. 

Our Honorary Air Commandant is HRH The Princess of Wales and we want people to become Air Cadets from all backgrounds and abilities.

Meet some of our cadets

Skills for life and any career

Air Cadets encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force but there is no obligation to join the Services. The skills you can gain can help you with whatever you want to do in life.

We always seek to encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. That includes being able to communicate clearly, work as a member of a team, enhance social skills and accept diversity.

Join us now to make the most of what we can offer

Female cadet in uniform sitting in a flight simulator