966 (Wallingford) Squadron

Why The Air Cadets?

What makes the Air Cadets different from other organisations?

You can ask any cadet or member of staff and they will tell you about their experiences and achievements during their time with the ACO. The ACO is unique as it offers young adults from all areas of society with a chance to make new friends, learn valuable life skills and take part in exciting activities in a safe controlled environment.

Under the guidance of our fully qualified volunteer staff we’ll offer your son or daughter many activities to take part in and every opportunity to build their strengths and improve their confidence. We hope that they stay with us for several years and thoroughly enjoy their membership – our volunteer staff are always on hand to assist parents with any questions or concerns.

Being a cadet does not interfere with school commitments and cadets will develop skills that will assist them within education such as time-keeping and the ability to voice their own opinions and challenge the status-quo. These skills are also valuable in later life both in education and also in the workplace – the cadets really does help prepare you for life.

Parental Responsibilities

Absence from Parade Night

Parents should ensure that any planned absence from parade nights of less than 2 weeks should be entered on the Cadet Absence Form (found under Contact Us).

It is a mandatory requirement that any planned absence longer than 2 weeks (examination study leave, extended holiday, etc) should be discussed directly by email with the Commanding Officer (oc.966@aircadets.org).


Cadets are provided with uniform (except for shoes and boots) and encourage them to be responsible for keeping their uniform in good order. There will come a point in their cadet career when your son/daughter will not allow you to touch their uniform as they want to iron it in a ‘particular way’. However, you are responsible for their uniform, which is valued at around £200 and is issued on loan – it should only be used for air cadet activities and must be returned at the end of their time with us.

Supply of Footwear

As is standard in the Air Cadets parents are expected to supply items of footwear. There are a number of places where both new and used footwear can be sourced such as Ebay, etc.

As a guide the following is a site we have used previously:

Cadets. UK.  

Male & Female Parade shoes

Parade Boots

This site is indicative only and others are available both on and off line for new and used footwear