AIR CADETS CELEBRATE
80 YEARS - posted 06-Feb-21
RAF Air Cadets have been
celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the issuing of the Royal Warrant by King
George VI on 5th February 1941 establishing the Air Training Corps from the
Air Defence Cadet Corps. The concept of the Cadet Corps was the idea of Air
Commodore John Chamier who serving during the World
War I saw the need for better training of young men in aviation for service
in the Royal Air Force.
Following the Second World
War the Air Training Corps continued to grow with the emphasis of promoting
an interest of aviation in teenagers led by members of the RAF Volunteer
Reserve Training Branch. Together the ATC with the RAF Section of the
Combined Cadet Force formed the Air Cadet Organisation providing training in
aviation subjects but also offering adventurous activities to 13-22 year
In the 1980s girls were
allowed into the organisation for the first time undertaking the same
training and participating in the same activities as their male counterparts.
While adventure was always an underlying theme of the ACO as enforced by the
motto "Venture Adventure", flying both in powered and unpowered
aircraft has been a key feature of the organisation.
In 2017 as part of the close
ties with the Royal Air Force, the parent organisation, the Air Cadet
Organisation was renamed the Royal Air Force Air Cadets with commissioned
officers moving from RAFVR(T) to the new RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC) commission as
approved by Her Majesty The Queen, with Non-Commissioned Officer staff also
moving from ATC to RAFAC.
On Friday 5th February 2021,
80 years after the ATC was formally established, air cadets celebrated not in
the way they would have liked, but through online events including for cadets
of Plymouth & Cornwall Wing a presentation by Air Commodore John Bissell
and Wing Commander Abbott who talked about their time in the RAF and about
the strategic review of the RAF Air Cadets during which the cadets were able
to discuss what they like about being a cadet and what they like less with a
view of helping Air Cdre Bissell and Wg Cdr Abbott report their findings in the review with
the aim of making a great organisation even better for the future.
Further activities are
planned for the months ahead to celebrate the anniversary with potential face
to face activities when it is safe to do so.