Welcome to 322 (City of Ryde) Squadron
Our next Recruit Weekend will be in February 2021. Find our more information about becoming a cadet here. Expressions of Interest will open in late October 2020. Check back here then for more information.
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is the premier youth organisation in Australia. With an aviation and military focus, cadets have the opportunity to develop confidence, self-discipline, initiative, leadership, teamwork and communication skills that will be invaluable throughout their lives.
322 (City of Ryde) Squadron is the premier unit within the AAFC with 150 cadets making us the largest in the country. Our Squadron has a comprehensive training program offering a variety of activities such as bivouacs, air experience days, ceremonial parades, firearms safety training and social events each year. Cadets can also participate in various camps and courses during school holidays such as powered flying, gliding, general service training, promotion courses and abseiling.
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Many of the current Defence Force pilots started their training with the AAFC. Attend Air Experience Days to get a taste of flying and attend flying camps during school holidays where you can get your pilot’s license before you can drive a car.
Live on the edge and attend gliding courses during your school holidays. Gliding is challenging and fun. Check out this video published by the Chief of Air Force!
Participate in professional formal firearms training and enjoy regular trips to the range to develop marksmanship skills.
Learn how to march and participate in weekly parades. Represent the AAFC on days such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and other important occasions.
Spend a week on an Air Force base living in the thick of the action. Eat at an Air Force mess, learn about the Squadrons and see the aircraft the Air Force fly up close.
Learn about a wide range of Air Force related subjects including leadership, aviation, radio skills and military traditions. Learn to teach others.
Abseil down a 100 metre cliff face. A challenging sport with rewarding outcomes. Caters for the novice and experienced person.
Build plastic and balsa models of your favourite aircraft. Fly control line or radio controlled aircraft like the real thing.
These skills can help you confidently manage situations, both inside and outside of cadets. You can also earn an accredited First Aid Certificate.
A wide variety of social events are available. Learn the traditions of Air Force Dining In Nights, meet new people from around the state at the annual 3 Wing Cadet Ball, visit the national capital on our biennial Canberra Trip, or just enjoy an afternoon bowling with your fellow cadets.
Work your way through this internationally recognised scheme by planning and participating in activities and hiking expeditions. You can complete all components of the Award through the AAFC.
Learn to be an effective team member in new and challenging environments. Practice your skills at motivating and leading a team of your peers towards their objectives in a wide range of activities. Many cadets make lifelong friends in the AAFC.
Experience the great outdoors with your course mates. Learn campcraft, navigation, camouflage, search and rescue and survival techniques. A few days of fun that you will always remember.