Sponsored by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Air Training Corps (ATC) is a uniformed youth organisation and therefore uniform is a big part of what we do! Upon joining the organisation cadets undertake a selection of initial lessons, being taught about the history of the ATC, security and how to march, as well as how to wear their uniform and uniform upkeep. Once these have been completed the cadet will receive their uniform. Three different uniforms will be issued to the cadets free of charge, with the cadets only having to purchase their shoes. The uniform worn depends on the activities being undertaken at the time.
The standard uniform, No.2C, includes a dark blue shirt and can be worn with a jumper. This is the uniform worn for most standard parade nights. On more formal occasions, No.2A is worn. This includes a light blue shirt and tie, and can again be worn with a Jumper. This is most commonly worn during formal parades. Finally cadets are issued with No.3 uniform, which is a green camouflage uniform. Ideal for use when conducting fieldcraft activities, No.3 uniform is also worn during other activities such as shooting, obstacle courses or generally when there is a risk of getting dirty!
When cadets first join the squadron they will receive a squadron t-shirt to allow them to begin to feel like a member of the team before they receive their uniform. Additional squadron branded items are also available to purchase.
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