400 (Birkenhead) Squadron

Air Training Corps


New recruits at 400 Sqn undergo a 24 week rolling training programme, taught by members of staff, Recruit Flight NCO's and Staff Cadets, this means that cadets are largely taught by the people who have undergone identical training themselves.

As well as learning about the RAF Air Cadets and the way the organisation works, recruits are taught subjects such as History of the RAF, Drill and Discipline, Basic Weapons Handling for target shooting, Airmanship, First Aid, Map Reading and Expedition Skills. This initial training is to ensure that they have the basic knowledge needed for a good foundation on which to build their cadet careers. 

NEXT PRESENTATION NIGHT FOR NEW RECRUITS:                             5/9/2018 AT THE SQUADRON STARTING AT 19:30hrs.  

Age Restrictions

All new cadets must be 12 years old and in Year 8 before joining. You may join until the age of 17 years.

Your Presentation Night

On arrival potential new cadets and their parents/guardians will be introduced to staff and some of the Junior Cadet Training staff. They will then be given a presentation on cadet life. After this presentation there will be opportunities to talk to cadets and staff whilst several stands will display various equipment and activities.

New recruits will be told of parade timings, usually 1845hrs, for the following Tuesday when formal training will start and then Thursday. Parents will be able to pick them up at 2130hrs.


RAF blue uniform is issued free of charge 'on loan' to cadets during the duration of their stay in the Air Cadets. The uniform is issued to cadets after around a month into the training program. The only item of uniform which you will have to purchase are the RAF shoes.

MTP uniform or 'greens' as it's commonly known is not issued by us, but instead has to be purchased by yourselves. We do have a limited amount of second hand stock on the Sqn, but if you would like to purchase new equipment (including the RAF shoes), the following companies do sell it; Cadet DirectAllarms,Cadetsuk. (Equipment purchased through these companies is done so at your own risk, 400 Sqn does not formally endorse them or receives any payment for recommending them on this website).

How Much Does It Cost?

For the first month we won't charge you, just in case you feel the Air Cadets isn't for you. Then we charge £13 per month and is paid in either cash on the first Tuesday of each month, or alternatively, and which is much easier for the parents, through Standing Order (more information is contained in the information pack). The monthly subs go towards subsidising camps, running of the squadron, buying new equipment such as tents and flight simulator or indeed maintaining our existing equipment and materials.

What Should I Wear Before I Get My Uniform

This should generally consist of white shirt, black trousers/skirt (and jumper/sweater when needed) and black shoes (no trainers). Alternatively, school uniform will suffice. If you have any questions regarding dress, speak to one of the cadet NCO's or a member of staff.


We parade every week of the year, with the exception of a two weeks during Christmas. Due to the nature of our training programme, it is important that cadets attend every Tuesday and Thursday evening when possible. Naturally, schoolwork takes priority and there may be times when the cadet is not able to attend (or is sick).

It is important therefore, that the cadet informs an NCO or staff member if leave is required prior to being absent, or that they telephone the squadron HQ on 0151 652 6868. Failure to do so could mean that they would be unnecessarily penalised when certain activities (i.e., Flying) arise at a later date. However, cadets do not get penalised if they request leave of absence.

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