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We are 472 (Hoylake & West Kirby) Squadron RAF Air Cadets

Air Cadet Life

Cadet life is all about challenge, excitement and adventure. Cadets have many opportunities including UK and overseas camps, leadership courses, air experience flights and pilot training. The focus is always on enjoying yourself while improving your skills.

Flying and Gliding

Earn Qualifications

Visit RAF Stations

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Cadets can enjoy a wide range of activities during their career with us. Ranging from BTEC qualifications to going flying in a Grob Tutor, there is something for everyone!

Flying and Gliding

Flying is central to your cadet experience. You'll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies.

Earn Qualifications

You’ll gain real qualifications that will set you apart from the crowd when you head to university or begin your chosen career.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE Award Scheme takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.

Visit RAF Stations

Cadets can spend a week at an RAF station where they experience the full range of life and work on it, as well as take part in sports, visits and adventure training.

People love us

You're in good company

See why over 40,000+ young adults in the UK are enrolled in the RAF Air Cadets!

Make Friends

Cadets introduced me to so many new people, I've made some lifelong friends here and would honestly recommend joining to everyone.

Joselyn McGrady


Learn Life Skills

The RAF Air Cadets was a great preparation for my future career and a source of unforgettable memories. I acquired skills that are essential in any job, such as working with others, leading projects and communicating effectively.

Agastya Santosh

Ex. Sergeant

Enter Competitions

During my time in the RAF Air Cadets, I had the opportunity to represent my squadron in cross-country. Winning the gold medal gave me the change to go to a regional competition - The highlight of my cadet career.

Zack Astbury

Ex. Flight Sergeant

Try New Things

I love being a SGT in the RAF Air Cadets because I get to do amazing things like flying, gliding and shooting. I am proud to be part of the RAF Air Cadets and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and have fun.

Ava Hardman