ILKLEY Air Cadets have started recruiting for 2021.
1224 Squadron (Wharfedale) will soon be opening its doors to young people looking for fun, adventure, amazing experiences and new friends.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets are a youth organization sponsored by the Royal Air Force and they provide the youth of Ilkley and Wharfedale with opportunities and activities in a military environment which include flying, gliding, archery target, exercise, first aid training, leadership training and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
A spokesperson said: “Are you worried about fitting in? Equality is a central element of Air Cadet ethics.
“The junior experience is open to everyone, so whatever your nationality, your background or your abilities, whether you are a man or a woman, if you are between 13 years old, or at 12 years old when entering 8th and 17 years old. , you can join.
“1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron is a well established unit and has been based in Ilkley since its founding in 1941 and has played a fundamental role in the training and development of hundreds of young people since.
“We are not an RAF recruiting organization, but if you are considering a career in the service, cadet membership will give you a leg up on the competition. Many cadets are very successful in the RAF (and other armed forces).
“About 40 percent of the officers and 50 percent of all crews, including pilots, mariners and engineers, in the RAF are now former cadets.
“Research shows that they do better in basic training and stay in the Service longer than their colleagues.
“Likewise, if you choose a civilian career, our research shows that you can achieve great things; employers love the skills and experience that Royal Air Force Air Cadets offer.
Squadron Training Officer Section Sergeant Sam White said, “I have been part of the organization myself since I was a cadet and have seen first-hand the positive impact that the being an Air Cadet has had on so many young people who have walked through our doors.
“When I joined myself I was a shy young teenager and accomplished a lot more than I anticipated including my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, flying a solo glider and participating in camps in places like Germany and Cyprus.
“I have also acquired leadership and interpersonal skills that I still use on a daily basis in my work. In addition, many of the friends I made throughout my time with the Air Cadets are still among my closest friends today.
The squadron will begin a new recruiting in September 2021. Visit 1224atc.org for more information or to express your interest.
The Air Cadets are a UK-wide cadet force with over 40,000 members aged 12 to 20.
There are over 1,000 squadrons across the UK.