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The ATC is the RAF’s cadet force, divided into six regions, 36 wings and more than 1,000 squadrons within communities around the UK.

With almost 41,000 members, aged from 13 to 20 years, the Air Cadets is the world’s largest premier youth air training organisation.

Their aim is to:

  • Promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people
  • Provide training which will be useful in the Services and civilian life
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship

The Air Training Corps moto is “Venture Adventure”

The JTYAF supports the Dorset and Wilts Wing of the Air Training Corps which forms part of the South West Region and includes more than 30 Squadrons. John Thornton joined 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron as a Cadet at the age of 13 years and rose through the ranks to Cadet Warrant Officer.

Application process

  • You must be a serving cadet in Dorset / Wilts Wing ATC .  An application can be made for any activity that supports your personal development and the pursuit of your ambitions.
  • Complete an application form and submit it to your Commanding Officer.
  • Your application must be endorsed by your CO and then sent together with the letter of endorsement to Wing HQ. In exceptional circumstances another member of staff can do this for you.
  • The application will be considered by Wing and if supported will be passed to the JTYAF Trustees for a decision.
  • If successful the applicant will be informed and the award letter/cheque sent to them direct by the JTYAF.

Candidates are selected based on their demonstration of the Foundation’s key values, courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in adversity.  Evidence of personal fundraising efforts to help to achieve the sum required will be expected. Scholarship applicants may be asked to make a presentation.