Sandy Gunn ACP and the RAF Air Cadets


With STEM and Aviation at the heart of the RAF Air Cadets’ syllabus, the Sandy Gunn ACP is delighted to announce that, from 2021, its annual presentations for schools will, in addition to those presentations, be adapted specifically for the Air Cadet movement, therefore providing relevant careers advice to one of the UK's largest and most successful uniformed youth movements.


Indeed, the RAF Air Cadets is most definitely a world class organisation. In the words of their Commandant, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE RAFR:


“The RAF Air Cadets, comprising the Air Training Corps and the RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force, is without doubt a world-class organisation delivering youth activity, personal development and citizenship training of the very highest quality. It is a delight to receive recognition from other Armed Forces and uniformed youth organisations around the world, many of whom express an aspiration to emulate the RAF Air Cadet model to create their own aviation-focused youth organisation. One can ask for no higher accolade.”


The RAF Air Cadets consists of over 40,000 aviation and adventure minded young people between the ages of 12 to 20 from all backgrounds who, sponsored by the Royal Air Force, and led by adult volunteers, offers training and experiences from leadership, citizenship, music, aviation, BTEC Awards and cyber skills, to cadet camps on RAF bases, sport, adventure training, gliding and powered flight. Just one example of the Organisation leading the way is their involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. In 2019 alone, cadets gained 1,939 Bronze Awards, 575 Silver Awards, and 267 Gold Awards.


In the words of the Sandy Gunn ACP Chairman, Dr Michael Smith FRAeS, himself a Cadet Warrant Officer in the 1960’s:


“The inclusion of the Sandy Gunn ACP presentations in the activities of the RAF Air Cadets really is a landmark opportunity to engage with even greater numbers of the next generation of potential aerospace professionals. Together with our colleagues in industry, the professions, commerce and education, we look forward very much to developing further the assistance we can offer to these young people in particular, and the RAF Air Cadet movement as a whole.”

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 by Jennifer Tye.

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