Royal Air Force Air Cadets


Royal Air Force Air Cadets
ActiveSince 1 February 1941[1]
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
TypeVolunteer Military Youth Organisation
HeadquartersRAF Cranwell
PatronDuchess of Cambridge Edit this at Wikidata
Commandant Air CadetsAir Cdre Tony Keeling[2]
Commandant Air Cadets’ Warrant OfficerWO Clinton Marsh RAFAC
Honorary AmbassadorGp Capt Carol Vorderman RAFAC
RAF Air Cadets marching in a parade

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) is a volunteer-military youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force.[3] The organisation is headed by a former serving RAF officer, Commandant Air Cadets. The current commandant is Air Commodore Tony Keeling.[4]

Prior to 1 October 2017, the RAFAC was called the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO).[5] As of 1 April 2014, the ACO had a strength of 53,360 cadets and cadet force adult volunteers.[6] Cadets are aged between 12 and 17 on entry to the organisation.[7]

The RAFAC is made up of:

  • Headquarters Air Cadets at RAF Cranwell
  • Two National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centres
  • Over 900 Air Training Corps Squadrons in the UK and overseas[8]
  • Around 200 RAF contingents of the Combined Cadet Force[8]

See also


  1. ^ "RAF timeline: 1941". RAF.
  2. ^ Myers, K. "New Commandant for Royal Air Force Air Cadets is announced". RAF Air Cadets.
  3. ^ "Who we are". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  4. ^ Myers, K. (5 June 2020). "NEW COMMANDANT FOR RAF AIR CADETS IS ANNOUNCED". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  5. ^ "HM The Queen Approves New Commission For Cadet Force Volunteers". Air Cadet. Bourne: Warners Midlands plc. Winter 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ MoD - reserves and cadet strengths, table 8a and 8b, page 17-18. April 2014.
  7. ^ "Join as a cadet". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b "ATC & CCF (RAF)". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 19 April 2021.

External links

  • Official website Edit this at Wikidata