The Air Training Corps (ATC) was formed by Royal Warrant in 1941 and sprang from the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC), founded in 1938 by the Air League.
On 5th February 1941the Air Training Corps (ATC) was officially established, with King George VI agreeing to be Air Commodore-in-Chief, and issuing a Royal Warrant setting out the Corps' aims. The number of young men responding to the new ATC was spectacular. Within the first month the size of the old ADCC had virtualy doubled to more than 400 Squadrons and after 12 months it was about 8 times as big.
The motto "Venture Adventure", devised by Air Commodore Chamier, was incorporated into a new badge and given approval by the King.
Today the aims of the Air Training Corps have not changed, we still aim:
"To promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal AIr Force, to provide training which will be useful both in the Services and civil life, to foster the spirit of adventure and to develop the qualities of ledership and good citizenship"
Although the Air Training Corps was initially formed to meet the needs of a nation at war, the Corps continues to thrive as it enters the 21st Century. Today, there are now independant Air Cadet Organisations in many countries throughout the world.
The Air Cadets are a disciplined and uniformed orgainisation, controlled directly by the Royal Air Force and staffed by Officers, commissioned in the Royal Air Force Reserves, and by Adult warrant Officers, Flight Sergeants, Sergeants and Civilian Instructors of the ATC.
All activities are controlledand supervised by adult personnel, of considerable experience, and within strigent RAF Regulations, particularly with regard to adveturous training.
Membership is open to both males and females, between 13 and 18 years of age. The upper limit is 20, ALL cadets over the age of 18 years are treated as potential adult instructors and are required to wear the "Staff Cadet" rank slide, these cadets are also required to apply for a CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check as they approach their 18th birthday.