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New recruits must:

  • Be aged 13 to 15 years

  • Accepted younger if attending secondary school

  • Abide by NZCF Code of conduct and Unit Standing Orders​

  • And YES – we accept cadets of all genders!


We meet every Wednesday night, during the school term, from 6:30pm (1830) until 9:15pm (2115).


We run a range of activities on the weekends, but lots of notice is given for these. Cadets usually find it quite easy to manage sporting commitments around weekend activities.

After you have been a cadet for a while, you may also attend courses during school holidays.


You will wear a modified RNZAF uniform, with rank slides distinguishing you as a cadet. Uniform is to be worn every week to ATC parade nights, and at other formal occasions such as ANZAC Day parades.  A DPM (Camo) uniform is also supplied for outdoor activities. 

Our uniform is:

  • Issued on a loan basis – to be returned if you leave ATC

  • To be worn as per RNZAF standards

  • Worn only on NZCF activities

  • You need to provide your own shoes and socks


Basic Flight (Year 1) $300 + $50 Camp - This includes Uniform, SQN Shirt, SQN Hat. Unit support subsidy is available. 

Fees are payable at First Parade, Term One However, 1st yr cadets may pay at the completion of their probationary period

(about 6 weeks into the term) when issued with their Record of Service booklet. Uniforms will not be issued until fees are paid.

What does the Learning Criteria consists of?

History of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the unit

Cadets become familiar with where the Royal New Zealand Air Force has been deployed and where their unit comes from.



Learn the team work and skills required to stand tall in public.


Dress and bearing

Become skilled in meeting exacting standards of personal presentation.


Aviation studies

Understand aircraft technology, the theory of flight and have the chance to go flying.


Bush craft

Become skilled and comfortable in a bush environment.


First Aid

Know how to look after yourself and your team in the area of First Aid.


General Service Knowledge

Gain knowledge about the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the aircraft it flies, what it offers and how it assists New Zealanders.


Instructional techniques

Develop skills in passing on knowledge to other Cadets.



Find you way on land and in the air.


Firearms training and marksmanship

Become skilled in safe firearms handling and competition shooting.



Develop the skills to lead others.


Radio procedures

Gain and practice correct military procedures when using radios.


Citizenship training

Acquire status from serving others.


Recreational training

Achieve skills in a wide range of recreational activities. These could include such activities as tramping, abseiling, gliding, climbing, caving and four wheel driving. Contact your Unit Officers for specific training opportunities.


There are also opportunities in the Squadron for cadets to take part in:

  • Flying Scholarships and Camps

  • Military Base Visits

  • Promotional Courses

  • The Air Force Experience Scheme (AFE)

  • Local, Area and National Bushcraft Camps

  • International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)

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