The Region covers most of Northern England in a line from the Mersey in the west, to the Humber in the east and north to the Scottish boarders. There are over 6000 Air Cadets in North Region, located at one of our 168 Squadrons. This means that where ever you are in the Region, there is usually an Air Cadet unit near you.
You name it, there is a good chance there is an Air Cadet somewhere doing it!
Air Cadets is a voluntary, youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force. It is open to anyone aged 12 (And in year 8) to 20. It is considered one of the country's premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training organization.
Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential. This may come in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing, adventure training, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Most Squadrons will meet twice a week during which cadets are able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones. There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the Squadrons.
Additional activities are organised by Wings, North Region and the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Army Training Estates and even abroad and can last a lot longer than just a weekend. Your local Squadron is always looking for new people to join, be it as a cadet, volunteer staff or as a member of a Squadrons Civilian Committee.
Why not see where your nearest North Region Squadron is and see how you could get involved?
Cadet Flight Sergeant Esmée Webley, an 18-year-old Air Cadet with 2522 (Bedlington) Squadron ATC, has qualified as a pilot, thanks to a scholarship funded by the Royal Air Forces Association.
In July Air Cadets in Mirfield held their annual Open Day and Presentation Parade to celebrate the achievements of Squadron members during the first half of the year, and it was a very busy day with over 200 certificates to be presented to 55 cadets, as well as the annual trophies.
Recently Air Cadets from 868 (Mirfield) Squadron were joined by representatives of 59 (Huddersfield), 96 (Desbury) and 185 (Batley) Squadrons for a weekend attending the North Region Activity Centre at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
From the 26th to 31st of May I went on a school trip to Belgium and France. On the 29th of May whilst in Belgium I had the honour of taking part in the Last Post Ceremony held at the Menin Gate which has taken place every evening since the 1st November 1929.