The unit has now been granted permission to reopen after enforced closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joining the Air Cadets opens up lots of opportunities including the chance to fly and 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron aims to get cadets airborne as often as possible as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on board RAF aircraft such as the Typhoon fast jet or a Chinook helicopter.
Other opportunities include The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cadets can take on this challenge as part of their adventurous training, working their way up through the levels to gold. Adventurous training is an essential part of an air cadet’s syllabus and the place where team effort really matters. Cadets will build new friendships and learn to rely on the other people to get the job done.
Leadership training is another skill that will build confidence and ability to deal with different kinds of people leading to the Junior Leader’s course.
Aside from all the experiences and new skills to be gained there are qualifications that can be achieved as an air cadet.
BTEC – a widely recognised qualification. Many cadets register for the First Diploma in Public Services, and the First Diploma in Aviation Studies. There’s also the increasingly popular First Diploma in Performing Arts (music) as another example.
City & Guilds – cadets can also benefit from certain vocational qualifications in management.
First Aid – another essential skill the cadet can carry out and be awarded a certificate from St John’s Ambulance.
Air cadets at all levels get the opportunity to try their hand at military skills and drills including shooting.
They can also take part in sports and the squadron will help those good enough at their favourite sport to take it to the next level.
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