1015 (Horsham) is a unit of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC). We are a youth organisation, and boys and girls can join if they are between 13, or at age 12 when beginning school year 8, and 17 years old.
1015 is in the Air Training Corps (ATC), the largest subsection of the RAFAC, which means anyone who meets the age requirements can join, and that we are not affiliated to a school like the other part of RAFAC, the Combined Cadet Force. The ATC was founded in 1941 with the aims of:
- To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.
- To provide training which will be useful both in the Services and in civilian life.
- To foster the spirit of adventure, and to develop the qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
While the RAFAC is sponsored by the Royal Air Force, and many of our activities are supported by the RAF, there is no obligation to go on to military service, and the majority of cadets don’t. Many of our activities are similar to those done by civilian organisations like the scouts, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking.
Horsham Squadron is one of the larger units in Sussex, and has many achievements to its name, including wining the banner drill competition a few years ago, and reaching the national finals in air recognition in 2017.