Over 20 years of age? Want a challenge where you learn new skills, develop existing skills you have already while gaining qualifications?


Part of the strength of staff in the RAF Air Cadets is that they come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. You do not have to have a background in aviation or have any military experience. You need not be an athlete but being a staff member will keep you as active as you wish. You will need to have personal skills including maturity, reliability, and patience. As a staff member you will be responsible for young persons so will need to complete a DBS and security check which is funded by the organisation, you will be supported through training to give you all the necessary skills required to be a staff member in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.




Joining as Squadron staff you will be become a Civilian Instructor responsible for supervision of cadets. You will also assist in delivering a training program. If you require you can attend courses on subjects to improve your knowledge, many of the courses will be free of charge to Civilian Instructors and can be used in everyday life.


Civilian Instructors are key members of the Squadron staff without which the Squadron will not be able to be function effectively. They assist in the instruction of cadets in academic subjects and in various activities. Civilian Instructors while classed as non-uniform are issued with polo shirts and sweatshirt with the RAF Air Cadet logo to allow them to be identified as staff members at their squadron and at activities.







After a year service as a Civilian Instructor, if you choose to you can apply to become a Non-Commissioned Officer or a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. The ranks of non-commissioned officers start at Sergeant and follow the ranks of the regular Royal Air Force, commissioned officers also follow the ranks of commissioned officers in our parent organisation.


On application for non-commission or commissioned officers you will take part in a commissioning board before attending RAF College Cranwell where you will attend a condensed course to provide you the knowledge required to undertake your new role. You will be provided with a free initial uniform issue.




Each squadron is required to have a Civilian Welfare Committee in order to manage the squadron funds in the interest of the cadets. Committees meet four to six times a year so is ideal for adults who wish to get involved with a squadron but cannot commit to the regular attendance of instructor staff. If you are interest in becoming a member contact your local squadron.




Each squadron needs a Padre who is a qualified minister or vicar in order to provide spiritual guidance for the welfare of the cadets. The Squadron Padre will also perform the enrolment service of the cadets as they make their cadet promise to become an enrolled cadet.