Cadets undergoing training.

One of the great things about being a cadet is the life skills you’ll learn, not least leadership.

During your time with 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron, you’ll be given lots of opportunities to develop both your leadership and interpersonal skills, all of which will hold you in good stead as you mature and make your own way in life.

Cadets who show aptitude, good leadership qualities, enjoy working as part of a team, and excellent uniform standards, may be promoted. Every new member that walks through 346’s door starts off as a cadet, and for your first year or so you will learn what it means to be a part of our organisation.

But at some point in the future, you may find yourself on your way to being a Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), which starts at the rank of Corporal and moves up through the ranks to Sergeant, Flight Sergeant and finally, if you’re good enough, to Cadet Warrant Officer when you reach the age of 18.

As a Junior and Senior NCO you will be given ample opportunities to develop your leadership skills both within the Squadron and on special training programmes at Wing and Regional level.

You may even be considered for national Cadet Leadership Courses aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds, and the Junior Leaders Course, which involves attending training camps and an assessment week. A physically demanding course open to those aged 17-plus, the latter requires real determination and commitment. But if you make it through you’ll be well on your way to being a successful leader.

Teamwork and leadership is the ultimate challenge for any cadet and could be your greatest achievement from your time as an RAF Air Cadet.

If you aspire to be the best, 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron will help you achieve it.