How Can I Volunteer

The Air Training Corps (ATC) needs high calibre adult volunteers to run its activities. Flying, climbing, shooting, rugby, football and netball are just a taste of the activities offered by the Air Cadets to young people aged 12-20. But to deliver this exciting programme - and our respected academic syllabus - we need adult volunteers from all walks of life.

Civilian Instructor

The most common volunteer designation in the RAF Air Cadets is Civilian Instructor (CI) – 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.

Uniformed Roles

We rely on our volunteers to help us operate as effectively as possible. Being well organised is an obvious must, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, and an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.

Really show your skills in these areas and you could end up taking on more responsibility and moving up through the ranks as an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO). Of course, first you have to join as a Civilian Instructor and then have selection interviews at Wing HQ for SNCO and a filter interview at Wing HQ and attend OASC at RAF Cranwell for Officer, but we guide you through that…if you have the potential then we’ll spot it!


Below are answers to some of the Frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not covered below, please ask!