Royal Air Force Air Cadets
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) is a volunteer-military youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force. The organisation is headed by a former serving RAF officer, Commandant Air Cadets. The current commandant is Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.
|Royal Air Force Air Cadets|
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Type||Volunteer Military Youth Organisation|
|Patron||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Honorary Air Commandant||The Duchess of Cambridge|
|Commandant Air Cadets||Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE|
Prior to 1 October 2017, the RAFAC was called the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). As of 1 April 2014, the ACO had a strength of 53,360 cadets and cadet force adult volunteers. Cadets are aged between 12 and 17 on entry to the organisation.
The RAFAC is made up of:
- Headquarters Air Cadets at RAF Cranwell
- Two National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centres
- 1009 Air Training Corps Squadrons in the UK and overseas
- 199 RAF contingents of the Combined Cadet Force
- Air Cadets - Who We Are, raf.mod.uk, Accessed 7 December 2014
- "HM The Queen Approves New Commission For Cadet Force Volunteers". Air Cadet. Bourne: Warners Midlands plc. Winter 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- gov.uk MoD - reserves and cadet strengths, table 8a and 8b, page 17-18. April 2014.
- "Join as a cadet". RAF Air Cadets. Retrieved 4 May 2019.