Join Us As A Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV)
Joining as a professional volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets can be one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences available today, whether you are an ex-air Cadet or you’ve never heard of us, you are welcome to join.
Who Can Join?
To join as a CFAV you must be at least 20, obtain a DBS certificate and have the time and willingness to give to the Cadets. You do not need any previous youth, Cadet or armed forces experience.
See the bottom of the page for the different staff routes available to you.
What Can I Do?
This very much depends on your skills, time and what you want to achieve. At the basic level you can simply give some of your time on a squadron night to help the administration of the Squadron. Or you could become a uniformed member of staff and work your way up to the rank and position of Wing Commander or any specialist role.
Most of the activities that we deliver require qualified staff to arrange and conduct and most of these qualifications are delivered internally by the Air Cadets, where some expenses and allowances can be awarded.
A short list of some things you can do, even with no previous experience:
Range Officer/Marksmanship Coach
Misc Adventure Training Qualifications
First Aid Instructor
There are opportunities for professional Qualifications up to degree level as a result of what you do in the Air Cadets.
How Do I Join?
To Join 2030 Squadron as a CFAV fill in the form below and and we will get back to you for a chat.
Then the formal application process will begin. As you will be granted unsupervised access to young people and MOD facilities you will need to undergo various clearances and training.
If you are completely new to to the organisation or the military you will start as a Civilian Instructor. If you have previous experience in any uniformed capacity you may be able to apply directly into a uniformed role.
Please Include your:
Previous youth/Cadet/Military experience
Types of Staff
Civilian Instructor (CI)
Most staff will start as a civilian instructor, there is no uniform and no minimum commitment hours, only what you agree with the Squadron Commanding Officer. The roles you can perform are varied and depend on your interests and abilities. You can choose to specialise in any activity that the Air Cadets delivers and the be the lead on Squadron.
You may be issued a CI polo-shirt and sweatshirt along with a CI lapel pin or purchase Squadron branded clothing. What you wear will depend on the role you are performing but its basically up to you.
Most positions, roles and qualifications are available to you along with limited allowances such as travel.
Every Squadron is encouraged to have a Chaplain, who’s role it is to deliver citizenship and appropriate pastoral care for all personnel within the Air Cadets, irrespective of religious belief or status.
If you’re a minister or priest of any religion you can apply to become a chaplain.
The commitment expected of a chaplain is a regular monthly visit to the Squadron to lead what is termed ‘Padre’s hour’ and conduct the formal enrolment service when new cadets are received into full membership of the organisation.
Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO)
The role of an SNCO can be varied and you will be eligible for most courses and qualifications in the RAF Air Cadets. You can choose to specialise in any activity that the Air Cadets delivers and the be the lead on Squadron. One of the roles of the NCO is to maintain good order and discipline, often being in charge of the Cadet NCO team in ensuring uniform, drill and general standards are maintained. One of the courses available only to NCOs is the drill instructors course.
Once you become a probationary NCO you will be required to attend and pass a 5 day course at HQ RAF Air Cadets within 12 months.
The minimum commitment required of an SNCO is 12 contact hours per month on Squadrons and if you want to progress through the ranks you are expected to attend, gain or lead weekend courses, camps or qualifications. There are some limited positions at wing and regional level for NCOs who wish to progress.
As an NCO you will be eligible for travel expenses and volunteer allowance, where you can receive a days allowance (up to 28 per year) for some day, weekend or week long activities.
The role of an officer in the RAF Air Cadets can be as varied as being a CI or NCO, with the choice of any specialisation of the Air Cadet subjects.
As with the parent service, the role of an officer is very much in a command, leadership and management role. Normally to command a squadron you must be an officer and other future command positions are available at sector, wing and region level.
The minimum commitment required of an officer is 12 contact hours per month on Squadrons and if you want to progress through the ranks you are expected to attend, gain or lead weekend courses, camps or qualifications.
Once you become a probationary officer you will be required to attend and pass a 5 day course at HQ RAF Air Cadets within 12 months.
Your contact time with the Cadets can still be as much as that of a CI or NCO but you will have responsibilities to the Squadron and the Staff that they do not.