Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Type Volunteer Military Youth Organisation
Headquarters RAF Cranwell
Patron Queen Elizabeth II
Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty

The Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), is the youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force.[1] The organisation is headed by a former serving RAF officer, [Commandant Air Cadets] who is engaged on a Full-Time Reserve Service (FTRS) contract. The current commandant is Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. As of 1 April 2014, the ACO has a strength of 53,360 cadets and cadet force adult volunteers.[2] Wef: 1 Oct 17, the ACO will become known as the "RAF Air Cadets" (RAFAC).


The ACO is made up of:

Parade nights[edit]

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 drill.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Air Cadets - Who We Are,, Accessed 7 December 2014
  2. ^ MoD - reserves and cadet strengths, table 8a and 8b, page 17-18. April 2014.

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