The Air Training Corps is staffed by adult volunteers who are essential
to the running of local squadrons. If you are between 20 and 55 years
of age and are willing to give up some of your time to lend a hand then
we would love to hear from you. Most adult members of ATC staff start
off as Civilian Instructors (CIs) or
members of the Squadron's Civilian
Committee. After serving some time as a Civilian Instructor it may
be possible for you to move into the uniformed service as an ATC
Adult Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) or apply for a Commission
in the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR(T)).
Each squadron has an established number of adult instructors and uniformed
staff 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron currently has a requirement for additional
Civilian Instructors. If your interested in joining the corps in a uniformed
post we may not have a vacancy at the time, don't be put off, the Warwickshire
and Birmingham Wing is always looking for adult volunteers. 121 squadron
has in recent years helped to train many uniformed members of staff who
have subsequently been transferred to other units. Six officers that have
served with 121 Squadron have even gone on to command other units within
If you are interested in becoming an adult volunteer with 121 (Nuneaton)
Squadron why not come down to our headquarters
on the Ribbonfields, off Attleborough Road, Nuneaton on any Tuesday
or Friday evening
between 19:30 - 21:45 hrs and have a chat with our CO.
If you live outside of the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area you should
contact either of the following to find out the location of your nearest
CI's are adult volunteers who attend squadron parades and help the uniformed
staff to organise squadron activities and instruct cadets in a diverse
ranging subject matter. Of special interest to us as CIs are people who
have served in the Armed or Cadet Forces or who are able to pass on knowledge
in a specialised subject (i.e. adventure training, communications, propulsion,
aircraft operation etc.). However a volunteer from any walk of life who
is prepared to spend the time to help out will be contributing greatly
in some shape or form.
Civilian Committee members
A civilian committee, made up of adult volunteers, often leading members
of the local community, is dedicated to supporting the squadron. The committee
does this by acting as an interface between the squadron and the community
as well as providing other vital functions such as fund raising, looking
after the welfare of cadets and acting as a 'think-tank' producing ideas
which will enhance the squadron within the local community. Our Civilian
Committee meetings are generally held on a two monthly basis.
Each squadron has its own honorary chaplain, who as well as being a member
of the civilian committee, also provides guidance and leadership in moral,
spiritual and community matters for our young people from every kind of
faith and community background.
ATC Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO)
If you are between 20 and 55 years old and prepared to commit yourself to the extra responsibilities of becoming a uniformed member of staff, you may be considered for a post as an Adult ATC Senior Non Commissioned Officer. Most SNCO's teach drill and weapon training and are responsible for routine squadron discipline they will also be expected to instruct cadets in many other subjects. On appointment as an adult Sergeant you will be required to attend an initial SNCO Staff Initial Training Course at RAF Cranwell during your first year of service. After 4 years of satisfactory service, you could be eligible for promotion to the rank of Flight Sergeant, with additional training and a further 4 years of service you could be promoted to rank of Adult Warrant Officer. Adult volunteers with previous regular service as SNCO's will be assimilated into the rank structure based on length of service and rank achieved.
After a preliminary period as a Civilian Instructor or Senior Non Commissioned Officer,
you may be recommended for a commission. This leads to an interview with
the Officer Selection Board and, if your successful you will be required
to attend an initial Officers training course at RAF Cranwell. As a squadron
Training Officer or Adjutant you would be responsible for assisting your
Commanding Officer with the administration and organisation of your squadron.
You will be required to lead cadets in parades at local events. You never
know you could even be offered the opportunity to take command of your