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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@aircadets.org 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@aircadets.org or call 01634 812052 on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

 

What we have been doing

Recognition of their hard work on Squadron and on Virtual Parade nights during lockdown.

Promoted from Corporal to Sergeant:

Cpl Edwards
Cpl Mackie.

So Well Done and keep up the good work.
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BAE Systems Technical Apprenticeship Scheme at Electronic Systems Rochester.

Applications for the 2021 intake opened at the beginning of November and run through until the end of February, details of the vacancy and how to apply can be found using the link below.

baesystems.groupgti.com/apprentice-engineering-technician-electronic-systems-rochester/127/viewde...
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Thank You to Kent Media Group for enabling the short Service at Victory Gardens, Chatham to be streamed online.

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Remembrance Service Chatham.

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The squadron would be forming up now ready to march off along Chatham High Street. The band checking thier musical instruments and cadets doing final uniform checks.

As we can't parade today, a small selection of photos from previous years.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae

This years small live service for Chatham is available online from Kent Media Group
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Normally the squadron would be fully involved in Remembrance Day. The Squadron Marching Band leading the parade off from the High Street, with all other cadets falling in behind the Veteran's, Regulars and other Cadet Forces.

Parading alone the High Street up Railway Street onto Victoria Gardens for the service. With Cadets selected to lay wreaths on behalf of the squadron and for others.

The squadron is always very supportive of this event and normally helps with the Poppy Appeal collections prior to the actual parade too.

Last year we had the largest contingent attend from the squadron with a full band and over 20 other cadets parading, many for the first time.

Like many things this year, its not happening as normal. A small service is being held and can be viewed online, supported by Kent Media Group.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon
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1 month ago

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Its been 4 weeks since we have returned for Face to Face activities. We have been very busy with getting the cadets back into the things they have missed apparently, like drill and classifications. Tonight we had a more social night for Halloween. With some very impressive pumpkin carving. #whatwedo #aircadets ...

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It was good to get back to some training, even if it was just staff for now. 3 staff from the Squadron were out today with the KW Road Maching Team and the Region Road Marching Officer. ...

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2 months ago

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Well after 7 months we are finally back to parading and face to face activities tonight.

It's taken alot of planning and efforts by the staff to get the squadron ready.

We are all excited to be back.
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2 months ago

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Very appropriate this came up on our memories. Tomorrow we actually return for face to face activities at the squadron. Wonder if the cadets will be just as happy to be back like the staff are.We have 2 teams out this weekend for their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. The girls are all ready to go. ...

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2 months ago

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Only 3 days and counting........We can't wait to welcome cadets back to the Squadron for Face to Face activities. It will be different with Covid restrictions but looking forward to having them all back. ...

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2 months ago

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*****WE ARE BACK****

We are proud to announce that the Squadron has been authorised via the Regional Commandant to open. The first Squadron in Kent to be approved for return.

Over the past few weeks, the staff have been preparing the Squadron for the return of Face to Face Activities.

We are now able to confirm our first Parade night will be Tuesday 6th October, where we are looking forward to welcoming back all the cadets. It has been a tough 6 months, even with the success of the Virtual Parade Night each week, it will be great to see everyone again soon.

Things will, of course, be a little bit different on the Squadron, and further training online and on Squadron in the first week will enable the cadets to acclimatise to the new normal.

Letters have been sent to all the Parents/Guardians this weekend, so if you haven't seen an email from the OC please check your spam folders or contact the OC direct on oc.1404@RAFAC.mod.gov.uk

So a massive thanks to the Squadron Staff and Civilian Committee in the continuing support during the closure period. Similar to the staff who have helped in many ways to get the Squadron prepared for the formal authorisation. This hasn't been a small task and appreciates the support provided by Kent Wing and Region to enable this to happen.

We accept that there may be changes coming as the pandemic is continuing, with Government or local restrictions affecting the opening date or subsequent parade nights. We can now look forward to the positives and getting back to what we all enjoy doing.

'Venture - Adventure'

Kent Wing Air Cadets
London & South East Region Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Commandant Air Cadets
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4 months ago

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All the best to Flt Lt Tate on his retirement. The squadron has had many cadets complete the Nijmegen Marches under his leadership. Plus plenty of staff just as committed to the cause as Team Leaders or support teams. All the best to the new Wing RMO Fg Off Postill.Today we held an informal hand over to see in Kent Wings new Road Marching Officer. Flt Lt Chris Tate RAFAC has been Kent Wing’s RMO for 18 years and has taken just shy of 1000 Cadets to the annual Nijmegen Marches with a 100% completion rate and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his hard work in making that possible. Flt Lt Tate has had a positive influence on a huge number of Cadets and Staff during his time in the RAFAC and he will certainly be missed. The role of being Kent Wings RMO has now been handed to Fg Off Marcos Postill RAFAC who will be responsible for Road Marching and the Nijmegen Training Team in Kent. We wish Flt Lt Tate all the best in his retirement and give Fg Off Postill all of our support in his new role. #aircadets #whatwedo #kentwing #vierdaagse #roadmarching #nijmegen #celebratingrm ...

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5 months ago

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The Squadron was lucky enough to have John from Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex join us for our Virtual Parade night. He provided the Cadets a short presentation, discussing what the KSS do, including Training, Operations and Aircraft.

Thank you to John and all those at KSS for the amazing job they do everyday.
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5 months ago

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Big Thank you, to Flt Lt Josh Brown for joining us tonight. An Ex-Cadet of the Squadron, he talked about his time in Cadets, RAF Application process and his training to become a Pilot. He is due to commence his rotary aircraft training shortly at RAF Shawbury. ...

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5 months ago

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Its been a strange time, with no face to face activities. The Squadron has managed to keep some normality for the cadets. With Virtual Parade nights every week and cadets completing many awards. Well Done All.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
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5 months ago

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Any cadets having issues please see the links on the Cadet 1404 Flight PageWe are aware that Cadet Portal is currently offline. The team are looking in to it and will provide an update in due course. ...

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6 months ago

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Congratulations to all the Cadets who have managed to achieve Classifications updates and other qualifications whilst we are on lockdown. Well done for the efforts during this lack of physical attendance at the Squadron.

Leading Classification
Cdt Thomas

Senior Classification
Cpl Mackie

Blue Radio & Cyber
Cdt Bennett
Cdt Blackledge
Cdt Bradfield-Saied
Cdt Chacko
Cdt Chapman
Cpl Edwards
Cdt Grigore
Cdt Gyuneliev
Cdt Johnson H
Cdt Johnson R
Cdt Moles
Cdt Simkins

Bronze Cyber
Cdt Johnson H
Cdt Johnson R
Cdt Moles
Cdt Simkins

Silver Cyber
Cpl Mackie
Cdt Malcolm
Cpl Waite J
Cpl Waite S
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6 months ago

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An very enjoyable and informative evening for the Cadets and Staff on a Wellbeing and Resilience. Big thanks to Flt Lt Annis and WO Hall from the RAFAC Mental Health team for the session.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
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6 months ago

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For those who missed it last night. A great performance from the RAFAC National Choir and our own CWO Jack Beaney.

Amazing song choice by the way. Onto the the next stage.
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6 months ago

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Our very own CWO Beaney is part of the RAFAC Choir and had to keep this all very quiet until now. So take a look online. ...

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6 months ago

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It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Squadron. Even with the nice weather we have managed to Virtually Parade every Tuesday and Thursday. Cadets have engaged in a variety of different activities. Over 25 cadets have now completed the Bronze Cyber course, a further 10 are now working on their Silver Cyber. Classifications lessons continue with many learning Navigation and Map reading. The senior cadets and NCO's have started training to gain thier Instructor Yellow Lanyard. To finish the week off we had a good training session on Aircraft Recognition provided by CI Malcolm, covering training and fighter aircraft. The competitive nature of Cadets and staff appeared when a Kahoot quiz was undertaken on their recent knowledge of Aircraft.

#staysafe
#lookafteryourself
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Contact

We are based in
Boundary Road
Chatham
Kent
(Non Postal Address)
Tel: 01634 812052
email: 1404@aircadets.org

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

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