Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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The Royal Air Force Air Cadets, officially known as the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), is the youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF contingents of the Combined Cadet Force.[1] The organisation is headed by a serving RAF officer, the Commandant Air Cadets. 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]


The ACO is made up of:

Parade nights

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


  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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