Air Training Corps - the next generation
The Air Training Corps (ATC), also known as the Air Cadets, is a voluntary organisation for young people, between the ages of 12 (and in Year 8 at school) and 20 years, who enjoy challenging and exciting activities.
If you are from the Gateshead area (and even if you're not!), then do look around our site to find out more about the Air Cadets, and how you could soon be flying high with the ATC...
The Air Cadet motto is "Venture Adventure" and our activities, as well as being challenging and great fun, are designed to help develop your personal qualities and leadership skills, as well as a sense of community, responsibility and citizenship.
The aims of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets are:
361 Squadron and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets
The basic unit within the ATC is called a "Squadron" and 361 (Gateshead) Squadron is part of Durham/Northumberland Wing which consists of 35 squadrons covering a wide geographical area ranging from Hexham in the West, Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North, down to Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool in the South.
There are around 1,000 Squadrons and Detached Flights in the ATC, and over 35,000 cadet members, male and female.
There are also approximately 10,000 volunteer adult staff, and although the ATC is sponsored and supported by the Royal Air Force (RAF), we are not a recruiting organisation, and cadets have no obligation to join or to serve in, the RAF or any of the other armed forces.
When and Where?
361 (Gateshead) Squadron meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 1845 hrs to 2130 hrs at our headquarters at the Army Reserve Centre on Alexandra Road in Gateshead.
We are located directly opposite Gateshead Leisure Centre (see map below) and if
you want to find out more about the ATC, or would like to join the squadron, just
come along on either of these nights (there is no need to make an appointment), or phone, fax
or e-mail. (Entrance to our headquarters is through the gate marked A.)
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