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Welcome to 1404 (Chatham) Sqn ATC.

We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9.30pm.
Many other activities take place along side our official evenings.

Want to do more with your time, make friends get out and do things then contact us on 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk or call 01634 812052 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

(for more information see the about section)

About Us

The Air Training Corps is a national voluntary youth organization designed to develop the qualities of young people. It is sponsored by the Royal Air Force and provides challenging aviation, adventurous and community activities.

1404 ( Chatham) air cadets offers a variety of activities for people ages 12 years (when beginning school in Year 8) and over. The squadron participates in flying and gliding, Duke of Edinburgh Award, adventure training, shooting, sports (including athletics, football, netball, rugby and swimming) as well as developing your interest in aviation studies. We currently offer 3 BTEC qualifications for doing these activities you enjoy, BTEC in Aviation Studies, BTEC in Public Service, and BTEC in Music.

The maximum age for entry as a cadet is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 12th (see above) and 17th birthday. If you are above that age group and still want to enjoy all of our activities and more, you could join as a volunteer.

Adults interested in helping the squadron can do so by joining the adult staff or the civilian committee.

Want to join contact us on 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk  or call 01634 812052 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

What we have been doing

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3 weeks ago

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This afternoon our Cadets and Staff are playing glow in the dark crazy golf and bowling as alternative activities organised by the Kent Wing Staff. It may not be what we came here to do, but we are determined to have a good time regardless. Our Cadets are amazing 😃Commandant Air CadetsRegional Commandant LASER Air CadetsKent Wing Air CadetsLondon & South East Region Air CadetsPlanet Awesome ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Despite the very disappointing news announced yesterday that no RAFAC teams are allowed to participate in the 4Daagse event today, our Cadets are making the most of their time here in Holland! This morning they have asked for a small party, so that we can get into the spirit of the marches. The Wednesday of the marches is used to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community and our Cadets have specifically asked to show their support by wearing pink tops and sporting Pride flags! Absolutely nothing will bring these Cadets down 💪Commandant Air CadetsLondon & South East Region Air CadetsKent Wing Air CadetsRegional Commandant LASER Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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The weather just about stayed perfect for the weekend. The squadron had 9 cadets plus staff attend Sector 3, Kent Wing Multi Activity Camp. The Sector camp was held at Lydd Camp, and gave everyone ghe chance to take part in Kataking, archery, climbing mountain biking, raft building, radios, air rifle and some STEM. Region Adventure Training Officer attend along with Kent Wing OC. It was very well received by all the cadets. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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After a busy week on Squadron, preparing for Sector 3 Multi Activity Camp this weekend. We look back at last weekend. When the squadron attend the Weald of Kent Rotary Club, North Downs Charity Walk, near Harrietsham. The squadron has supported this event for over 20 years. With sponsorship for the chosen Charity of Cancer Research UK and our own squadron.So on another very warm sunny day, 16 Cadets, 4 staff and 5 Civilian Committee completed the Charity walk ranging from 1 Mile to 9 Miles. All the staff and cadets completed the 9 mile walk along with 350 other walkers. The Rotary Club has already confirmed that in total all walkers have raised over £20,000 for the charities. So a very well done to all. The final figure for the Squadron is still to be confirmed as sponsorships are still coming in. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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The Squadron is very proud to be presented some silverware as part of our involvement in the Weald of Kent Rotary Club, North Downs Walk. We have supported the Charity Walk for numerous years helping raise over £25k for Cancer Research. Duncan Payne from the Rotary Club attend the Squadron to present the awards and thank the Squadron for the continued support. OC Flt Lt Ballard was presented the Brake Trophy, for the highest donation, which the squadron has won for 20 years since 2000. We were also presented the Team Challenge Shield for the highest donation by a group, similarly, the squadron has won this for 20 years since 2000. So a big thank you to the Weald of Kent Rotary Club and all the Cadets, Staff and families who have supported the charity over the years. We are all looking forward to the walk again this year in June. #whatwedo @aircadets Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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We are proud to confirm the Squadron Annual Dinner will return on Saturday 19th November. Details and booking information will follow shortly, so please hold the date. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Cadets and staff joined other Kent Wing Squadrons to walk the length of Hadrian Wall. Days one started off very well with some great weather and scenery. @aircadets ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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The squadron is very proud that our FS Mackie became a Cadet Mental Health advocate. Then put her training into practice on the squadron this week. Providing a great session for 30 cadets, with an engaging discussion on Mental Health and where support is available. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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We look good for 81 years old, with some good news recently confirmed. The Air is put back into Air Cadets, AEF flying for cadets in the Grob Tutor being approved again from this month. If you are interested in joining, message us here or email the squadron on 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk. ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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As the year draws on another challenging year. The Squadron thanks all it's Staff, Civilian Committee, Parents & Guardians for helping maintenance some normality. We are very grateful and lucky we have maintained such high Cadet numbers during the lockdowns and when we returned to Face to Face activities. Even our intake for the year has been higher than normal, with more cadets waiting to join in January.We are all hoping things don't change and looking forward to seeing all the Cadets again in January 2022.Hope everyone has a good Festive break. ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

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Well done to all the Cadets and staff who attended the Chatham Remembrance Parade. Was the first Parade for many new cadets and they did a good job.All very proud to wear the RAF Air Cadet uniform.Kent Media Group Kent Messenger ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

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It's good to be back, getting involved in some normal activities. This weekend is always busy for the squadron each year and the first time in 2 years we could attend many different events on one day. RBL Poppy Appeal Collection with over 15 cadets plus staff, held at Chatham in the Pentagon Shopping Centre and the High Street. Always a great way for the Cadets to give back and a good start to the weekend.Chatham Town FC Wreath Laying ceremony, held before the local match against Lordswood FC. With 8 Cadets joining the Sea, Army and Marine Cadets for a short ceremony with local MP Tracey Crouch and both club Chairman's. Lords Mayor's Parade, held in Central London. London and South East Region cadets and band paraded with all the other organisations. We are very proud that 3 of our cadets were selected to play in the Laser Band. Think it was worth the early start. Plenty of videos on social media and news sites. Just a small parade to complete tomorrow, with many new cadets attending their first formal parade and outside squadron event. Hope the weather holds off. All parents and friends of the Squadron are welcome to join us along the parade and support the squadron. As always, these events couldn't happen without the time and dedication of the Squadron staff. So thank you to them.Royal Air Force Air Cadets London & South East Region Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets Chatham Town FC Lordswood Football Club ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

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Halloween Night has descended on the Squadron again. Cadets have come dressed for the occasion but the star of the night must be another excellent pumpkin carving. So big thank you again to Mrs Malcolm. Commandant Air Cadets Royal Air Force Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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What are you doing this weekend?Fancy something different, challenge yourself and get outside. That's what the Squadron did last weekend. With 12 Cadets plus staff attending the Sector 5 Multi-Activity Camp down at Lydd Camp, Kent, with 12 other Squadrons.First time for Cadets in 18 Months to attend a Multi-Activity Camp, mainly for AT activities. Many experiencing a RAFAC camp for the first time. The Cadets had plenty of opportunities to experience each activity, these included Obstacle course, Mountain Biking, Watersports including canoeing & kayaking. Archery & DCCT Shooting plus STEM Challenges. The staff also had the opportunity to try out many of the activities also, enabling them to see which they want to take forward and become a leader of.Like everything in the RAFAC, it cannot run without volunteers. So a Big Thank you to the Camp Staff for organising it, plus all the other RAFAC Staff who attended the weekend to make it happen. #whatwedo #rafaircadetsRegional Commandant LASER Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets 25 Parkwood Squadron - Royal Air Force Air Cadets 40F Maidstone Squadron ATC 213 City Of Rochester Sqn Royal Air Force Air Cadets Gravesend Air Cadets - 402 Sqn 593 Swanley Squadron - Royal Air Force Air Cadets Tunbridge Wells Air Cadets - 129 Sqn 1039 (Gillingham) Squadron ATC Sevenoaks Air Cadets 2230 Sittingbourne Squadron ATC 2316 Sheppey Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets 2374 (Ditton) Squadron Air Training Corps ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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If interested email the squadron on 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk.We are also looking for adults volunteers to help with the squadron. Trained in Aerospace, aviation, engineering, Ex-Services and interested in helping the leading Uniform Youth organisation in the UK. Then please get in contact via the email address above to speak with the Commanding Officer.What did you do last weekend? Young people across Royal Air Force Air Cadets were taking on all sorts of challenges, Flying, Gliding, Adventure Training, Music, Community Events, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Drill, First Aid, Leadership, Shooting, Sport and more.If you are aged 12 and in Yr8, why not take a look –Join Us!www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/want-to-join/join-as-a-cadet/#whatwedo #NoOrdinaryHobby #NextGenRAF #ReachingForTheStars #TheNextGeneration #JoinUs ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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Very proud week for the squadron, one of our volunteers is recognised for his support of the Squadron and The Air Training Corps.Congratulations to our Squadron Chairman Mr Keith Simmons, who received his Lord-Lieutenant award from Kent Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Colgrain this week. It's recognition of his service to the RAF Air Cadets for the last 30 years. He is a fundamental part of the Squadron Civilian Committee, along with all its members to help raise funds and support the squadron. This enable the squadron to provide greater training and experience to the cadets. It's also great to see so many cadets back at the squadron after the pandemic. Our first new intake in September was a great success, with 15 new cadets joining and looking forward to starting thier RAF Air Cadet journey. ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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As the summer ends, we start the autumn with many more events being held across the Wing, we are slowly getting back to some normal.On Sunday 5th Sept, Kent Wing paraded at Brompton Barracks to celebrate the 80th Year of the Air Training Corps, with dedication and parading of the new Kent Wing Banner. The day was warm and sunny but credit to the cadets and staff to carry out their duties on the day and be part of such a large parade, the first large scale gathering of cadets and staff in Kent Wing for nearly 18 months. The squadron had over 20 cadets attend the event, with half performing in the Kent Wing Marching Band and the rest formally parading with over 250 fellow cadets. The staff also played key roles on the day, with Sgt Smith being a Flight NCO on parade. Flt Lt Ballard, OC 1404, First Aid officer for the day and APO Sherwood & CI Ballard providing First Aid support. Again our staff were only a fraction of the other Kent Wing staff who attended the event. We are sorry that Parents, Guardians and supporters of the Squadron couldn't attend the event. Due to the nature of the parade, location and the Covid restrictions, we hope the photos here plus hundreds more on the Kent Wing main page will help give you an insight into the day.www.facebook.com/474035002614145/posts/6393720210645565/ #whatwedo #rafaircadets ... See MoreSee Less
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12 months ago

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The Squadron's New Cadet intake is open now for September. As many will now be eligible to join as aged 12 and will be in Year 8. The first parade night for all the new cadets will be Thursday 2nd Sept, so please get in contact to book a place. If you are interested or would like further information, message us here or 1404@RAFAC.mod.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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The weather just about held off at the weekend, where the squadron attended the Kent Wing Marching Band Training. It was held over two days at Ditton Squadron and Ashford Squadron. It was good to see some of our new cadets join the regulars of the Band for the training days, again fully supported and transported by Sgt Smith. The Squadron is proud that our cadets make such a large contribution to the band in numbers, attendance and willingness to get involved. It's also great to see cadets getting back into some normal activities, and actually enjoy the RAF Air Cadet experience again. Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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Well done to all the cadets who completed the Blue Road Marching training and achieved their Blue Badges after a very different weekend of weather. The Squadron had 4 cadets who completed the training with 4 staff either as Team Leaders or support team.Yesterday 32 Cadets from across Sectors 1 & 5 in Kent Wing completed our first ever Road Marching Blue Badge Course. This course ran over two separate weekends and involved the cadets completing the Cadet Training Package and three marches at 15km, 20km and 25km. At the end of the course the cadets were awarded certificates and blue badges that can be displayed on their uniform. @aircadets @aircadetslaser #whatwedo #roadmarching #aircadets ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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A couple of weekends ago, we continued where we left off in March 2020 with some Air Rifle training and shooting on our range.We were able to train 16 cadets from the squadron, all passing their Weapons Handling Tests. Enabling them to fire on the range. They all managed to achieved Blue Trained shot on the Air Rifle, being awarded their badge and certificate on the same day as the Kent Wing Shooting Officer, Flt Lt Roberts attending. Many of the cadets then went on to complete the further Cadet Live Firing lessons, getting very close to the next level of Marksman. So a little more practice and range time, will see them get the Marksman badge.As always thank you to the staff who took time over the weekend to train and support the cadets. ... See MoreSee Less
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Contact

We are based in
Boundary Road
Chatham
Kent
(Non Postal Address)
Tel: 01634 812052
email: 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk

Hours
(Evening Parades)
Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00PM–9:30PM

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