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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.

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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

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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4 weeks 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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1 month 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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2 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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3 months 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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5 months ago

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The Squadron has always supported and pushed cadets to reach thier potential and push for the skies. This is very evident with our FS Will Elliott, who has just received some further good news. He applied for a BAE Apprenticship via the RAF Air Cadet scheme. After initial application with recommendations from the Squadron OC, a few interviews with BAE Systems. A place was offered to him on the Software Engineering Degree (Level 6) Apprenticeship based down in Yeovil, one of the 11 places avilable in the entire UK. This 4 year course will cover many aspects of Software and Engineering, with a couple of days in College and the rest working at BAE. He will be off to start his Apprenticship later this year.Also, recently he was accepted as one of 12 cadets in the Region, given the opportunity to train in a Boeing 737 Flight Simulator. Motion Flight training at Crawley will involve the cadets attending a pre-flight briefing followed by an hour, in groups in the simulator, instructed by a 737 pilot. Providing the opportunity to experience, all aspects of flying a 737.So congratulations Will.Royal Air Force Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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Something else that has returned to the Squadron and RAF Air Cadets. Gliding has commenced again, until RAF Kenley is fully operational, we had Cadets attending RAF Upavon and achieved their Blue Gliding Wings. ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Our organisation wouldn't be half of what it is today without the Adult Volunteers. This isn't just the squadron Staff who help train, inspire and develop all those young new cadets. It also includes the Padres, and the Civillian Committee.The squadron is always looking for staff to help join the team. So if you have an interest in aviation, volunteering or other skills you feel would benefit the squadron. Get in touch.Many of the current staff have joined, as a result of their kids being cadets at the squadron before or still currently. Or even ex cadets who have decided to continue their Cadet Experience as CFAV or come back after some time away.Depending on what you can give back, becoming a Civilian instructor is a good start. If you are able to help out more or want to develop further there is always the option to go into Uniform as a NCO or Officer.Just as important, and our own squadron wouldn't have the facilities we do today without the Civilian Committee. They help support and raise funds for the squadron. They are always looking for new members to help out. So if you can give up a couple days a month's, this might be the next step for you. So please get in touch, have a chat with the staff or Committee and see what the next steps can be.Message via the Squadron page or email 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather, especially for a Bank Holiday weekend. Hope not too many of you got sunburnt. As we are able to get out and do more activities, the cadets of the Squadron and Staff had another busy weekend.Kent Wing Marching Band, training weekend was held down at 305 (Ashford) Squadron. Making the most of the great weather, this gave novice and experienced Cadets the chance to get back into some normality for the band. The Squadron has always had a strong band, and it seems lockdown hasn't affected this at all. With 7 Cadets attending the weekend, fully assisted by Sgt D Smith, they practiced many of the classic Marching band tunes.This is one of many other training weekends planned for the Kent Wing Marching Band.#whatwedo ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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The squadron was out this weekend for the start of the Road Marching Training. We had 5 staff out either walking or supporting the teams. The new Blue Badge for Road Marching gives cadets a taste of what they can expect if they want to take it further and attend the Nijmegen Marches in the future. Four cadets from the Squadron completed the first weekend of training, ready for the next weekend in June to complete the course. Well done to all those involved.This weekend the Kent Wing Road Marching Team held our first ever Blue Badge Road Marching Weekend. The Cadets completed training in blister prevention, marching drills, hydration, warming up/cooling down, road marching equipment and completed a 15km training march. Next month they will attend a second weekend where they will complete a 20km & 25km march before being awarded their blue badges. Well done to all of the Cadets who attended! #whatwedo #aircadets #roadmarching #bluebadge ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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After a successful April Intake of new cadets, we still have the capacity for more to join us next month. So if you are interested, get in contact with the Squadron for more details and make arrangements for attending. Due to Covid Restrictions, we have to prebook all intakes and attendances on a Parade night. So best to call us or email 1404@RAFAC.mod.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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The Squadron is open again and looking for new cadets. So if you are aged 12 (in year 8) to 17, or know someone who is, then why not come along to our new Cadet Intake for this month. You might be interested in joining the RAF, or other services or just have a keen interest on aviation, we got that covered. We do way more than just those things, the RAFAC is the largest organisation to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, you can gain actual qualifications like BTECs in Aviation, Music and Personal Development. Want something more physical, well we do Shooting, Fieldcraft, Road Marching, Adventure Training, Expeditions and Sports. So why just sit in front of your TV or laptop, get out and achieve something. The biggest thing all cadets say about the Squadron and the RAFAC, is you get new experiences and make new friends for life. So use the QR Code or link below to book a place. They are limited this month due to Covid Restrictions. Another intake will occur in the next month or so. forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=y3LeFstyF0yt2ZBENpCsg7L4DkqcLHRHkls1z8o_kzpUQ0Q1WlExU... Any questions please message use here or 1404@rafac.mod.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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6 months ago

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The Royal Air Force Air Cadets is deeply saddened that our former Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, has died. Prince Philip was the Air Training Corps’ Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief for 63 years before handing over to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015. His Royal Highness assumed his appointment following the death of our founding Patron His Majesty King George VI, and throughout his Royal Patronage frequently met with cadets and took a keen interest in their activities and achievements. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a hugely important legacy, and has featured prominently in the Air Cadet syllabus for many years, and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets has been amongst the largest awarding bodies of the Scheme with hundreds of cadets and junior volunteers achieving the coveted Gold Award every year. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is an important part of the history of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, and we send our admiration and deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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The Royal Air Force Air Cadets is deeply saddened that our former Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, has died. Prince Philip was the Air Training Corps’ Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief for 63 years before handing over to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015. His Royal Highness assumed his appointment following the death of our founding Patron His Majesty King George VI, and throughout his Royal Patronage frequently met with cadets and took a keen interest in their activities and achievements. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a hugely important legacy, and has featured prominently in the Air Cadet syllabus for many years, and the Royal Air Force Air Cadets has been amongst the largest awarding bodies of the Scheme with hundreds of cadets and junior volunteers achieving the coveted Gold Award every year. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is an important part of the history of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, and we send our admiration and deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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6 months ago

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It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. RIP His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.Per ardua ad astra ✈ 🇬🇧Si vis pacem, para bellum⚓🇬🇧 ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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WEEKLY UPDATEWhile friends and colleagues of Irish heritage from across the Royal Air Force Air Cadets celebrate St Patrick’s Day today, 17 March is also a date of personal significance.On this day 34 years ago, having not long turned 17, I left home to join the Royal Air Force. I’d given up on A Levels after just one term, left my part-time job in a shoe shop, and handed back my cadet uniform at 145 Altrincham & Hale Squadron - Air Training Corps. Six weeks of basic training followed at RAF Swinderby, followed by a 3 year apprenticeship at Royal Air Force Halton and then my first posting to TTTE Cottesmore, where my long affiliation with Tornado started.It has been an incredible journey filled with amazing opportunities and brilliant people. The Air Cadets provided the motivation for my pursuit of this career, and my Apprenticeship fostered the skills, self-efficacy and determination that steered me through periods of academic study and commissioning, and continue to serve me well today.This has in every sense been #NoOrdinaryJob and I’ve loved every bit of it! ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

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First Parade Night for 2021, even if Virtually for now. We started the year with teaching the new Cadets about Cadet Portal and what it has to offer. This was lead by the NCO's for the evening, so big thank you to Sgt Mackie for providing updates on activities, training and uniform. Further updates on training were then discussed with the cadets, ready for 2021. With all 26 Cadets and Staff then joining together on a Kahoot about 2020. Which threw up some interesting questions and answers, mainly about a certain President.It was very good to get back and see all the cadets and staff. Kent Wing Air CadetsRegional Commandant LASER Air Cadets London & South East Region Air CadetsCommandant Air CadetsRoyal Air Force Air Cadets ... See MoreSee Less
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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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