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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

Another busy Parade Night, Cadets again showing the more you put in, the more you get out. Leadership is a skill that all of our cadets develop during their time within the organisation, skills learnt and qualities gained stay with the cadets for life.These Cadets attened a Bronze Leadership course and gained their Bronze Leadership badges. This course develops their understanding of being a leader and introducing them to different leadership styles. Well Done to Cdt Nandha who also completed thier Master Classification, next is becoming an Instructor Cadet. Congratulations to all the Cadets. ... See MoreSee Less
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What did you do this weekend, apart from trying to keep warm and counting down day 300 of January. We had cadets out this weekend on multiple events, gaining new skills and pushing themselves. Road Marching: First weekend of training in preparation for the season with a short 15km and 20km walk. Sgt Grigore, plus 4 staff from the squadron attended.Bronze Leadership: Next level of Leadership training looking at action centred leadership, leadership styles and techniques, including understanding the role of effective communication. Well done to Cdt Simpson for passing. L98 IWT: Initial Weapons Training on the L98A2 Rifle. Enabling cadets to operate, clean and safely fire the L98, plus complete a Weapons Handling Test. This now gives the cadets the chance to Live Fire the L98. Well Done to the following cadets who achived the qualification, Cpl Simkins, Cpl Laudat, Cdt Nanda, Cdt Eesoula and Cdt Mauldon.Royal Air Force Air Cadets London & South East Region Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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We are proud to introduce our newest members of the Squadron NCO Team. They performed well during selection and board interviews. Congratulations and Well Done to Cpl Johnson H, Cpl Laudat, Cpl Ryder and Cpl Scruton.Kent Wing Air Cadets Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets Royal Air Force Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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The squadron attended the yearly memorial service for HMS/M Truculent. A Submarine recently fitted out at Chatham Dockyard and returning down the Thames collided with a commercial tanker. During the resuce mission a RAF Lancaster was sentbto collect divers for the operation but crashed on take off killing all its crew. The squadron is proudly invited each year to this small church memorial service to provide the RAF link to the tragic incident. 5 cadets attended to provided a lining party plus Banner Bearer (not photographed) plus our OC Sqn Ldr Ballard. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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The squadron went Ice Skating with all the Squadrons of the Sector. Was good to get out on the Ice, even if that was holding onto the edge all the way round or being the next Torvill and Dean. The cadets and staff had a great night. So big thanks to all Staff and Cadets of the Sector and Planet Ice Gillingham for having us.25 Parkwood Squadron - Royal Air Force Air Cadets 213 City Of Rochester Sqn Royal Air Force Air Cadets 1039 (Gillingham) Squadron ATC 40F Maidstone Squadron ATC 2374 (Ditton) Squadron Air Training CorpsKent Wing Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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As the year comes to a close, it's always good to look back at what the squadron has achieved.This couldn't be possible without the cadets who want to attend, try new activities and learn new skills. The dedication of the Staff, who volunteer so many hours to ensure the Cadet Experiment still exists. Being a Military Uniform Youth Organisation gives us the opportunity to provide experiences others just can't, but more importantly provide the skills and knowledge to help the cadets excel in future life whether Civilian, in the RAF or other sections of the Military. It amazes staff when cadets do leave the squadron and still keep in contact, more importantly tell us how the RAF Air Cadets and the squadron has shaped their career and given them more opportunities.We have ex cadets who have BAE Systems Apprenticeships, numerous in the RAF covering many roles not just pilots. Plus many others in other Military organisations. The squadron was pleased we could hold our Annual Dinner again after a 2 year break. Different venue, (which was amazing), but still over 120 people attending. A number of Ex 1404 Commanding Officer, Staff NCOs and ex cadets, joining us. We finished off our final parade nights of the year with Bowling for the cadets, 213 City Of Rochester Sqn Royal Air Force Air Cadets joining us for the evening. The our final parade night on Tuesday, where cadets enjoyed games and a BBQ provided by the Squadron Civilian Committee. So big thank you again to the Civ Comm, who support the Squadron so much through 2022. As 2023 approaches very quickly, it will be another year of firsts and sure there will be many challenges again. Hope you all have a great festive break and Happy New Year. London & South East Region Air Cadets Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets Royal Air Force Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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A busy weekend for the squadron, with 5 Cadets attending the first weekend of the Blue Road Marching Course, second weekend to follow next month. This is the basic qualification to enable them to attend the Road Marching training from January and potentially Nijmegen in July. Supported as always by 4 staff from the squadron.Day two of the Blue Badge Road Marching course has seen the Cadets complete a 15km training March. Well done to all of the Cadets. #whatwedo #aircadets #vierdaagse #roadmarching ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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A big thank you for all those who attended our Annual Dinner on Saturday. It was good to have our formal dinner again and see so many people after the lockdowns.It was noted by many guests, the squadron has such amazing support and that many ex cadets and staff of the squadron returned. Whether they left only a few years ago or over 30 years ago. Thank you to our Guest of Honour Squadron Leader Lewis and the Mayor of Chatham for attending.Those guests who took photos please share here or email to adj.1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk and we can share them with all.Looking forward to next year already, details to follow soon. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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The squadron attended the Chatham Remembrance Parade yesterday. It was the first formal parade for many cadets. Well done to all those who attend. You did the squadron proud. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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The Squadron was out today for the RBL Poppy Appeal today in Chatham Town Centre. Well supported by staff and cadets, some managing to hide from the photos. First time for many of our new cadets in uniform. We'll done to all. Back to uniform preparations before tomorrow's parade. Come join and support the Squadron, parade march off 10am. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, the nation falls silent to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.We will remember them. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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It's always good to get back in the Air, after a failed attempt due to the weather. 4 cadets from the squadron joined fellow cadets from 213 City Of Rochester Sqn Royal Air Force Air Cadets at RAF Benson last Friday. This was the first time for our cadets had flown in the Grob Tutor and I think the smiles and faces give that away. They had a great time and along with thier Ground School training completed on the Flight Simulators at the squadron, they are now entitled to thier RAFAC Blue Wings. So thank you to 6AEF RAF Benson for great day, plus the staff from both Squadrons who escorted and drove the Cadets. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Final Chance.Annual Dining In Night - Sat 19th November 2022Those wishing to attend please use the link below to place a booking or email the Squadron on dinner@1404atc.com. Booking Form - forms.office.com/r/URPnDSHmHBAll those wishing to attend must have completed a booking, as includes meal selection or emailed the Squadron dedicated email address.The places are going fast, looking forward to seeing you all there. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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The Squadron is proud to celebrate the success and service of its Staff and Cadets.Kent Lord-Lieutenant Awards 2022 were held last night at the Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells. The Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Colgrain formally presented the new Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2022 and handed out Meritorious Service Certificates for CFAV's.So Congratulations to FS Charlotte Mackie for becoming a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet for 2022 of Kent. She has been a valued member of the Squadron, supporting Cadets and Staff in many roles, whilst also recently becoming a Cadet Mental Health Adovcate. Also a Meritorious Service Certificate was presented to Pilot Officer Brad Sherwood for his service within Kent Wing and the Squadron. Noting his involvement as part of the Squadron Staff Team, ensuring during Covid, Cadets could still continue some element of learning via Virtual Parade Nights online. Plt Off Sherwood also was intergal in getting the Squadron back to Face to Face acivities, with his paperwork, being as a standard acorss the Wing and Region. So Congratulation to both. Photo credit: Stewart Turkington PhotographyKent Wing Air CadetsRegional Commandant LASER Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Reminder to all,Annual Dining In Night - Sat 19th November 20221404 Chatham Squadron are happy to annouce the return of the Annual Dining In Night after a long break. We have moved locations for this year, and now holding it at the Upchurch Valley Golf Club. Those wishing to attend please use the link below to place a booking or email the Squadron on dinner@1404atc.com. Booking Form - forms.office.com/r/URPnDSHmHB Event starts at 1900 for a 1930 start, and details of the menu are included in the booking form. If you wish to book it manually please email the Squadron as above to complete a booking form. The Closing date is 18th October, as places are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Congratulations to our Commanding Officer Flt Lt Ballard. Recognition of his hard work and dedication he has made to the Corps and the Squadron.Last night staff from around the Wing were presented their Queens Platinum Jubilee Medal by Air Marshal Nickols CB, CBE, FRAeS, DL.The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal or The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession in 1952.For staff to be eligible they needed to have completed a certain amount of hours over the last 5 years. This was awarded to recognise the hard working and dedication our volunteers put in.More medals to be handed out shortly.Well done to all#noordinaryhobby ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Annual Dining In Night - Sat 19th November 20221404 Chatham Squadron are happy to annouce the return of the Annual Dining In Night after a long break. We have moved locations for this year, and now holding it at the Upchurch Valley Golf Club. Those wishing to attend please use the link below to place a booking or email the Squadron on dinner@1404atc.com. Booking Form - forms.office.com/r/URPnDSHmHB Event starts at 1900 for a 1930 start, and details of the menu are included in the booking form. If you wish to book it manually please email the Squadron as above to complete a booking form. The Closing date is 18th October, as places are limited. ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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The Squadron was very busy over the Summer, with over 30 cadets attending different camps or events. If interested in Joining contact us now. We are open for anyone aged 12*-17 (*Year 8 at School), we are also looking for staff (aged 20+) to join. These activities couldn't happend without the Adult Volunteers. ... 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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