The RGS CCF RAF section is committed to aviation-based adventure and service.
CCF RAF is part of the Air Cadet Organization whose vision is ‘to provide aviation and other challenging activities…that provide example and leadership for the country’s youth.’ At RGS the senior cadets direct, instruct, coach and nurture the younger cadets; the whole experience is a continuum: new recruits develop over three years into NCOs who direct activities day-to-day.
All RAF cadets can go flying at least once a year in a RAF training aircraft, piloted by a qualified flying instructor, who will give them the opportunity to take control of the aircraft for themselves. On subsequent flights they may experience aerobatics. There are also opportunities for senior cadets to win Flying Scholarships. Classroom sessions, delivered at school, will inform cadets about flying, the Royal Air Force and the use of Air Power to protect the United Kingdom. Visits to RAF stations and a week-long summer camp give them a great insight into Service life and future career opportunities.
Throughout their time in the RAF section it is incumbent on cadets to be active members of the Service and school community, from their first Remembrance parade onwards. The more an RAF cadet participates, the more he will get out of the cadet experience.
The RAF Air Cadet 'blue' Syllabus is more academic that those of its sister services. There is a structured training programme that includes basic military skills, technical aviation knowledge, self-awareness and practical leadership.
- Dress, deportment and drill all engender self-control and respect.
- A history of flight and the Royal Air Force will instil Service values.
- The use of map and compass, including practical navigation exercises, forms part of the preparation for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions (administered separately but with a large cadet take up).
- Airmanship and knowledge of the Tutor training aircraft provide sufficient understanding of airfield safety and how aircraft fly so that the boys can begin air-experience flying.
- First Aid.
- Further studies in airmanship to gain a greater appreciation of military aircraft operations.
- The principles of flight module is the most academic test for our boys but essential for a good understanding of what they will experience flying.
- Further navigation training to complement military and Duke of Edinburgh exercises.
- Methods of instruction training so that NCOs can effectively deliver lessons to the junior cadets.
- Leadership theory with plenty of practical leadership challenges to develop the boys’ self-awareness and personal attributes, all aimed at making them pragmatic leaders of the section.
- Air Power, a thorough understanding of the importance of the Royal Air Force in the UK defence mission.
There are also physical challenges: assault courses, swimming pool sessions, orienteering, climbing walls, high and low rope confidence courses and all boys will get the opportunity to shoot. In their first half term, all cadets will deploy for a weekend to appreciate the basics of living in the field and military operations.
From their very first weekend in the field, throughout their time in the RAF section, cadets will have experience of carrying out practical leadership tasks. With every task completed they will learn more about their own strengths and weaknesses and assess how they work with their peers; through this, they develop and grow into a high performing team that can inspire those cadets that come after them.