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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

2 days ago

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2 weeks 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. ...
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2 weeks 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. ...
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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks 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⚓🇬🇧 ...
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1 month 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! ...
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3 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 ...
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4 months ago

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More face to face activities for the squadron. As cadets attended the Road Marching Taster ready for next year. Was a little cold and wet but seemed to enjoy it with only the odd blister. As always squadron staff attended as part of RM Staff and support team. London & South East Region Air Cadets Kent Wing Air Cadets Royal Air Force Air Cadets ...
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5 months ago

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Recognition of their hard work on Squadron and on Virtual Parade nights during lockdown. Promoted from Corporal to Sergeant:Cpl EdwardsCpl Mackie.So Well Done and keep up the good work. ...
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5 months ago

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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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5 months ago

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Thank You to Kent Media Group for enabling the short Service at Victory Gardens, Chatham to be streamed online. www.facebook.com/1681601578723743/posts/2638581759692382/?sfnsn=scwspmo ...
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5 months ago

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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 blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns belowWe are the Dead. Short days agoWe 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 throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.By John McCraeThis years small live service for Chatham is available online from Kent Media Group ...
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6 months 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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6 months ago

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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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7 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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7 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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7 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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7 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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9 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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9 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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10 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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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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