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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

16 hours 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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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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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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Ex Cadet of the squadron, Cpl Chelsea Arnold talking about her volunteer role whilst stationed at RAF Odiham.

Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
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Busy Virtual Parade Night for the Squadron. Great mix of different activities.

A talk this evening with former RAF Harrier pilot, Flt Lt (Retd) Hanlon!

Thanks to Orpington Air Cadets for organising.

The rest of the squadron completed a Music Quiz. Where Cpl Mackie came top with a very impressive score and correct answers count.

To round the evening off, the Squadron Padre Rev Linney joined us to talk to the cadets and staff. Generating a great discussion on adversity and dealing with current life situations.
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It's always great to see Ex Cadets doing so well, especially when in the RAF. Big mention and thanks to Cpl Chelsea Arnold. Who has volunteered her time as a RAF Odiham Co-responder for South Central Ambulance Service. ...

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Well done to CWO Beaney for his part in this performance. ...

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A small selection of Cadets and staff in uniform last night. Clap for carers and key workers. We managed this during one of our Virtual Parade Nights. #clapforourcarers #clapforkeyworkers.
Kent Wing Air Cadets
Regional Commandant LASER Air Cadets
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Thought we would update you all, as expected we are on Lockdown with the rest of the Nation. It's been a challenging time for the country and as the situation continues we have already engaged in a totally new concept for the squadron. We successfully completed our first full squadron Virtual Parade Evening on Thursday.

As all face to face contact is restricted, we had to devise a way to ensure the cadets could in someway continue thier experience and training. It's been a massive step not just for the cadets but the staff included. So a little bit of technology and alot of crossed fingers the squadron has competed two staff meetings virtually, 2 NCO Meetings and now a full squadron parade night. On this parade, we talked to the Cadets about Mental health for them and thier family. Then rounded it off with a nail biting quiz on Kahoot for the cadets and staff.

The logistics of getting cadets all to logon and participate has been a success. Obviously certain activities can't be held virtually, so during these period we are concentrating on the Aviation studies and other fields not excluding Radio, Naviagtion and Cyber. This will prepare us for full on action and activities when we return.

We are not alone with this, with Kent Squadrons plus though throughout the UK are having to devise new methods to give the Cadet Experience. One of the big success nationally has been for the RAFAC National Music Band showing the commitment of the Cadets and staff. They have managed to complete a number of Virtual performances. The recent ensemble from the String section is very good.

So over the coming months we will still parade, virtually every week as normal. Complete an mixture of learning, training and social activities. All waiting for the day we can formally parade all together again.

So thank you to all the Cadets and Parents who continue to support the squadron.

Also hello to the many other new followers who have liked our page.

Look after yourself
Look after your family and friends.
Stay at Home.
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2 months ago

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Please note all Squadron activities including parade nights are postponed until further notice.

Staff will still monitor emails on 1404@aircadets.org.
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3 months ago

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Annual Dinner Announcement

After discussions including risk assessment of the event, attendees and a duty of care.

We have had to cancel the dining in night on 28 March 2020 , hopefully we will be able to rearrange later this year.

Money paid will be held until a new date is available and if you are unable to make this date money will be refunded.

All refunds requests via email to the squadron or committee.
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3 months ago

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Bronze medals🥉all round today at the inter wing football ⚽️ and hockey 🏑 competition

Congratulations to Cpl Edwards part of the football team.
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4 months ago

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On parade last night we had a very busy evening. The Staff and NCO's had the first meeting of the year to plan events, activities and set expectations for the year. The rest of the Squadron competed leadership exercises to help those cadets achieve Blue leadership.

The evening then finished with the OC handing out over 15 Awards to the cadets for activities and qualifications achieved during the latter part of 2019. These included:

Blue Aviation Wings - 6 Cadets,
Bronze Aviation Wings - 6 Cadets.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award: Cpl Edwards and Cdt Chapman.

Classification from Senior to Master - Sgt Roman

HeartStart First Aid - Cdt Bruton-Savage & Cdt Nanthakumar.

Well done to all the Cadets for their awards, and keep up the good work in 2020.
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5 months ago

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Well done to those cadets who attended the parade in remembrance of HM Submarine Truculent and the Airmen of the Avro Lancaster who were flying to the rescue but crashed on take off. #whatwedo
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5 months ago

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✈️New year... new challenge ? ✈️

The RAF Air Cadets has exciting opportunities for adult volunteers. Do you want to help young people, learn new skills and have fun...? Are you aged 20+?

See www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/
for more information.
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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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1404 (Chatham) Squadron wish all cadets, parents, guardians, staff and committee past and present a Merry Christmas. ...

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5 months ago

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Congratulations to FS Elliott who has been up on Tayside completing his Pilot Scholarship. After 2 weeks of training and flying. He completed his first solo Flight today. ...

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6 months ago

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We had a busy Tuesday parade night, with plenty of achievements and qualifications certificates issued to the cadets. It was also very good of our Sector Commander, Squadron Leader Beaney to present these awards to the cadets.

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aviation Studies, for completion of all classifications and reaching Master Cadet. FS Elliott. He also just has a final presentation to complete and will get his Instructor Cadet Yellow Lanyard in early 2020. The FS is due to complete his Flying Scholarship up in Tayside this month. Good luck and hope the weather stays clear.

Classification achievement, the following cadet have completed all training & exams to now be Leading Cadet. Cpl Spencer; Cpl Waite J, Cpl Waite S; Cdt Harvey & Cdt Solomon.

Aviation Wings - Blue, these cadets have completed training on the ground, classroom and achieved multiple Flying Sorties at RAF Benson with AEF 6 to be awarded their Blue Wings. Cpl Mackie; Cpl Marcano; Cpl Waite J, Cpl Waite S; Cdt Gyuneliev; Cdt Harvey Cdt; Thomas.

Its not just the cadets who have to complete training and gain qualifications. CI Dunwell and CI Malcolm also completed Bronze Cyber Communications training course, which allows them to teach the cadets the equivalent award.
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6 months ago

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A group of lucky Cadets attended RAF Kenley VGS today to complete their Ground Based Training on the PTT - Part Task Trainer Flight Simulator. All these cadets who have flown previously with AEF now achieve their Flying Wings, either Blue or Bronze. They also visited the RAF Kenley Memorial. A big thanks to VGS Pilot & OC Penge Flt Lt Hillam for the training session and giving up his sunday. ...

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7 months ago

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Well Done to those cadets who have been promoted tonight. From Sgt to FS Elliott, Cpl to Sgt Roman, CDT to Cpl Spencer, Waite J and Waite S. Good luck to those cadets who have now joined the NCO team and keep up the good work those who have progressed up the NCO ranks. ...

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7 months ago

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Congratulations to those Cadets who have just completed their Bronze Duke Edinburgh. It's been a while since the squadron has achieved so many awards. There are a further 2 groups just finalising their sections before completion in the new year. ...

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

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2019 Remembrance Day Parade, excellent turn out and for many their first major parade ...

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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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