Are you ready for new friends, new adventures and new skills? Are you ready to become part of our Squadron? We are waiting to hear from you . . .

So you've had a look around our website, maybe spoken to a friend who is already a Cadet, or maybe you've just been waiting for you're 12th birthday!

Now it's time to join!

Age Requirements

The minimum age to join the ATC is now aged 12 (at start of Year 8 in England and Wales). Although you can be a Cadet until you are 18, the oldest realistic age to joining is your 16th birthday.

You are very welcome to visit 1265 (Horncastle) Squadron on a regular scheduled evening parade on Tuesday and Thursday. Come and find out more by discussing the Air Training Corps with one of our staff. You could also ask some cadets what they think, and don't be surprised if you find that you already know some of them. You are welcome to bring a parent, as they probably will have a few questions too!

Visit Us

Although you can call-in unannounced on any parade, it's advisable to phone or email to check when the Officer Commanding (OC) or Training Officer (Trg Off) will be onsite. Any of the Adult Staff can answer your questions, however the OC & Training Officer will be best placed to speak to you simply because the other staff are usually committed to an activity.

Arriving At The Squadron

When you arrive at our Squadron please make yourself known to any of the staff or Cadets and you should be directed to Reception, where one of our staff will greet you.

If you arrive around 1915hrs, or shortly thereafter, you'll get a feeling for the Squadron as everyone arrives and gets organised for the evening's activities. It's usually a very exciting time!

By 1930hrs things have settled down - some Cadets will be in class studying and others will be practicing drill, or maybe off site on an activity. It is possible to arrive and find everyone is out!

How Do I Join?

Joining as Cadet is a simple process. Having met the Squadron staff and when you are sure the ATC is for you, it's just a case of completing a simple application form. There is nothing tricky involved - we just need your details for their records and to begin your formal training. There is no formal medical, or any entrance exams or fitness tests to pass. Please note, you will need your parent or legal guardian's signature and permission to join.

When Can I Join?

You can start at any time throughout the year.

If you are now ready to have a look around please contact us via email or by phoning us during a parade night and we'll get you started.

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