Royal Air Force Air Cadets
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The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, officially known as the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) is an organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that operates the Air Training Corps and RAF contingents of the Combined Cadet Force. The organisation is headed by a serving RAF officer, the Commandant Air Cadets. The current Commandant is Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. The ACO has a force of approximately over 51,000 cadets and some 11,000 volunteers.
The ACO 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
Cadets normally meet once or twice a week; these are called Parade Nights. Each Squadron/Detached Flight/CCF Unit parade on different nights. They have a building for meetings and some Squadrons or Detached Flights are based on active RAF bases. Activities range widely, from shooting to drilling.
- Royal Air Force Cadets, www.raf.mod.uk, accessed 15 December 2013.
- The Cadet Forces and MOD youth work, www.gov.uk, accessed 15 December 2013.