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Every ATC squadron is run by a team of adult volunteers, each responsible for different parts of the program. If you're over 20 and interested with working with young people it can be a great way to develop your skills and leadership qualities, gain qualifications, and meet like-minded people.
As a squadron we are always looking for individuals who can volunteer a few hours a month to help us provide the activities we do for our cadets. So whether your skills lie in admin, teaching, fundraising or any other discipline we are always interested in hearing from you. Alongside our primary goal of offering opportunities to our cadets, we also look to make sure our staff have chances to pick up new qualifications and grow. With instructor courses in fieldcraft, shooting, drill, and first aid running all the time, volunteering with us can be a chance to stretch your wings as well as pass on knowledge.
There are a number of different roles available to adults in the ATC both on the civilian and military side:
Civilian Instructors are a vital part of the ATC and a common starting point for new volunteers. As a CI you can get involved with a wide range of activities and help support the fundamental functions of the squadron.
CIs typically do a lot of the teaching at their units but also become admin staff, stores operators, shooting staff, first aid instructors and many other roles. There are no requirements to becoming a CI other than passing a background check and having a short informal interview with a senior member of staff.
After having spent some time getting to know the organisation, CIs are welcome to apply to become uniformed members of staff.
Uniformed members of staff are usually those who have been a CI for a period of time or who have previous military experience. They also fall into two categories - officers and NCOs (non-commissioned officers).
NCOs are responsible for dress, discipline and drill at a squadron, ensuring everyone maintains high standards and takes pride in what they are doing. They also take part in training and supervising other activities, such as shooting, fieldcraft, first aid and more.
Officers perform a variety of roles but typically are heavily involved in the leadership and organisation of a squadron. Every squadron is run by an officer, though not every officer runs a squadron. As with the NCOs, officers can take up many different roles and responsibilities.
All uniformed staff are expected to meet a minimum of twelve hours service each month and may claim remuneration pay for up to 32 days a year.
One of the most important aspects of a squadron is its Civilian Committee. The committee help guide and support both the staff and cadets and organise fundraising for the unit. Without a committee a squadron is unable to function.
Our committee meets quarterly to discuss expenditure, obtaining grants, raising the squadron's profile and other topics.
There are no requirements to joining the committee other than wanting to support positive opportunities for young people.