The most common volunteer designation in Air Cadets is Civilian Instructor – it’s a varied role allowing you to use your skills where they best fit. You can give as much or little time as you can, and you don’t need any formal qualifications – just enthusiasm that’s infectious.
Many cadets go straight into volunteer roles when they leave at 20 years old – often they feel that they can ‘give back’ their great experiences to a new generation of young people.
Make a difference
Your role is vital to the success of our cadets. You’ll see your dedication and effort pay-off in the achievements you inspire amongst our members. But it isn’t just the cadets that benefit – you’ll get involved in many squadron activities and have the same kinds of opportunities as cadets to develop your leadership skills and gain qualifications in things such as mountain leadership, First Aid and NVQs that may be useful to you in your career. You’ll also have as much fun as the cadets do!
And it doesn’t stop there. If you choose, you may apply to become a sergeant or an officer in the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve. As a uniformed member of staff you can claim up to 28 days’ pay per year and work your way up through the ranks in a similar manner to the RAF.
Our volunteers say they gain a huge sense of achievement from helping young people realise their potential. Why not give it a try? What are you waiting for!