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2484 B A SSINGBOURN SQUADRON

FLYING AND GLIDING

Joining 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron opens up lots of opportunities, including the chance to fly! It's our aim to get you airborne as often as possible, as a passenger in a light aircraft, a glider or even on-board RAF aircraft such as our Typhoon fast-jet or a Chinook helicopter. Opportunities open to you are:

The chance to gain a gliding scholarship in the RAF's Vigilant motor glider. You'll undertake eight hours of practical flying and even have the chance to fly the glider solo!

A chance to enrol on the Air Cadet pilot scheme and enjoy the privilege of learning how to fly and navigate in the RAF's primary trainer aircraft, the Grob Tutor.

Adventurous training

Adventurous Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet's training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters - you'll build new friendships and learn to rely on the other people you're with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.

Kayaking? Bridge building? Camping? 2484 (Bassingbourn) squadron do these!

Do overseas camps, winter sports and water sports sound enticing? Join 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron and these could become a regular occurence in your life!

The Air Cadet Organisation has two dedicated training centres in Cumbria and North Wales. Bassingbourn cadets visit them every year, giving them the opportunity to gain new qualifications and take part in some amazing adventures.

Whatever level you are as a cadet, you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at military skills and drills. That means rifle shooting and field craft. We'll teach you to handle a variety of weapons safely. As a cadet with 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron you can expect to take part in:

Range shooting with a variety of weapons, including the L98A2 Cadet GP rifle.

Competitive shooting at squadron level all the way up to Air Training Corps level or even nationally!

Whichever weapon you are trained on our instructors will ensure you feel safe and confident handling it.

You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don't know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.

You could complete the award at bronze, silver and even gold level.

You'll complete the awards by undertaking a programme of activities guided by the brilliant staff at 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.

The five sections include volunteering for the community, taking on a regular physical activity, finding a new interest or talent and embarking on an expedition in wild country with your team mates!

If you're 14 or over, then you can begin - just ask the instructors at 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron and they'll help you to get started.

Aside from all the great experiences and new skills you'll gain as

 an air cadet, you can also take away real qualifications that will

set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or

 begin your chosen career.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is one such qualification that

employers everywhere recognise as a great achievement.

BTECs are now a huge part of cadet service. You could find

 yourself undertaking a BTEC in public services, aviation studies

 or even in music, all of which equate so several GCSEs.

2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron are hot on first aid meaning you could gain a certificate in first aid from St Johns Ambulance.

If leadership is your thing then we could offer you a variety of leadership courses all the way up to Corps level, which not only look great on your CV, but test your mettle and help you really get noticed!

Shooting

D OF E

Training and Qualifications

Sports

Feeling competitive? As an air cadet you can take part in seven main sports at different levels. Whatever you do it'll help improve your physical fitness levels and your team skills. If you're good enough at your favourite sport we'll notice, and can help you take it to the next level.

Athletics, cross country, football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming are the sports you could find yourself participating in.

If you're passionate about your sport, talented at it and get noticed, then competing for your wing, region and even the Corps is open to you.

The Air Training Corps is not limited to just these seven sports. Each local squadron runs a variety of sporting activities from five a side football through to volley ball and rock climbing.

Mixing work and play is at the heart of the Air Cadets and 2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron. Getting stuck into sport is fun, and you'll build friendships and learn how to use your strengths to best effect in a team. And it doesn't stop at the sports we've mentioned.

What's the point of parade and drill? You may think it doesn't have much to do with things like adventurous training or leadership. That's not the case at all! It shows how disciplined and organised you can be as an individual, remembering instructions and carrying them out accurately.

More importantly, it shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour which air cadets are renowned for.

The range of events you could be parading is vast, with the most prestigious being the annual Rememberance Day parade.

To be a standard bearer on parade is a real moment of pride and achievement for a cadet.

With a few years experience, and if you've attained a Non-Commissioned Officer rank, you could pass on your knowledge and experience to other cadets.

When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a parade square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team, following the orders given by one person. Whatever the reason for a drill it's an impressive sight and shows civilians and members of the Forces just how well disciplined you are.

Parades and Drill

Do you have a flair for music? It plays a popular role in the life of 2484 (Bassingbourn) cadets and playing as part of our award winning squadron band is highly rewarding - competition for places is usually strong. Our aims are to introduce you to music within the cadets, provide you with musical instruction and the opportunity to compete at Corps level.

The 2484 (Bassingbourn) band is made up of a tightly knit team of expert and novice musicians, some of which had never played an instrument before.

If you join 2484 (Bassingbourn) band, you'll be joining one of the best in the Corps, ranked very highly after their recent triumph at RAF Halton.

2484 (Bassingbourn) band's songs range from numbers by Pendulum, all the way through to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune. There's never a dull musical moment!

Band

The Air Cadets Radio Communications scheme is an activity available to Cadets which allows a Cadet to progress along a structured route, proving that they are competent with using radios unsupervised, in our case with high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) radios, and are conversant with the basics of radio and communication principles.

The Air Cadets has its own active radio networks where the Cadets can practice radio operating procedures and make contact with not only other Air Cadet Squadrons in the UK, but also other military units around the country and abroad.

Skills learnt in the scheme can count towards part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award skills section.

As part of the training a Cadet can progress futher to the award of the Communicator Badge.

Radio and Communications

Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft envolves using a combination of team work and leadership in order to achieve military style objectives. Fieldcraft within the ATC starts by covering individual skills such as camouflage and quickly progresses in to more team based areas such as how to move as part of a team in the field.

Field craft is very popular within the ATC mostly because of the Exercises that are used to practice field craft skills, these sometimes last a couple of hours or a couple of days, in which cadets have the opportunity to enact being deployed into fictional situations and have to react to a number of different scenarios.