Notes for Parents
The Air Training Corps has a clear set of rules and standards regarding discipline, uniform and appearance. We expect young people who join the ATC to adhere to these rules and step up to or exceed the standards expected; we hope you will agree there is no value in changing these rules or lowering the standards to meet individuals.
We aim to provide an environment to support your child in their development toward a mature, responsible and capable young person, well prepared to move on further in their career and adult life. We hope that during your son/daughter’s time with the ATC you will support us in this.
- Subscriptions are currently payable in January, May and September preferably by cheque.
- Please make cheques payable to “130 Squadron ATC”
- You must pay subscriptions, even if your son/daughter does not attend. You can liken this to a golf or social club where you pay your annual subscription to be a member, you do not get it back if you choose to leave.
- If you are on income support, or other welfare, then please make the Squadron Commander aware of this, as we have a welfare account for cases of genuine hardship.
- No young person will ever be excluded from the ATC because they cannot afford it.
- Please do not allow subscriptions to get in arrears, as this adversely affects your sons or daughters chances of being selected for “good” activities like flying, gliding, shooting, camps, etc.
Getting To and From Unit
- It is your responsibility to get them safely to and from the unit on time.
- Unless travelling by personal vehicle cadets should cover their uniform with a plain jacket for security reasons
- If travelling by cycle, cadets must wear an appropriate helmet, reflective measures and their cycle must be in a fully roadworthy condition with effective brakes and lights.
- Repeated failure to adhere to these conditions may result in the cadet being suspended or their cycle impounded until issues are resolved.
- Regular attendance is necessary to ensure your son or daughter gets the most out of the ATC.
- Please be aware a small minority of cadets tell their parents they are coming to the unit, and then go elsewhere. It is your responsibility to know they are attending, and indeed that they want to attend.
- We do contact parents when we have not seen your son or daughter for a protracted period, so make sure we know if you are going away on a long holiday.
- We do parade all through the year, except for bank holidays, and the Christmas period.
- Uniform will be measured for after regular attendance for 6 weeks.
- You will be given care instructions for the uniform, please ask if you have any questions.
- It is fitted from our stores, or ordered from RAF Brize Norton.
- There can be substantial delays if we have to order special sizes, please appreciate this.
- No cadet will be given their uniform before they have proven to us, that they can look after their own clothes.
- The uniform is provided free of charge ON LOAN.
- Be aware the replacement charge is in excess of £150 for a complete uniform.
- This means you must return all of it when your son or daughter leaves to ATC, in a clean and tidy condition.
- Uniform is replaced free of charge on a fair wear and tear basis.
- Uniform that is lost or stolen will have to be paid for.
- We will pursue non return of uniform and outstanding subscriptions.
- You must provide footwear in the form of boots or shoes (We will advise on the correct styles)
- The squadron looks to parents to support your son or daughter in their ATC “Career”, please take an interest and do all you can to support their chosen activities.
- We have activities of some sort nearly every weekend, ranging from one or two cadets to the whole squadron.
- If your son or daughter complains to you that they are not doing anything, please ask them to come and discuss it with the staff. We do not bite, we will not be offended, but listen to any complaint or criticism without prejudice.
- Alternatively, please contact the CO for an informal chat about anything you feel you have a problem with.
- Please impress upon your son or daughter that if they put their name down for an activity, they are COMMITTING to attending, so they should check with you to make sure they are available and can go first. Otherwise they could be wasting the place that could be made available to another cadet.
- Consent forms are required for most off-unit events. To avoid attending cadets being sent home, please encourage your son/daughter to complete and return any required consent forms as quickly as possible.
- If your son or daughter is selected to go on an activity and then fails to show up, without contacting the person organising it to explain why, they will be “RED CARDED”. This means they will be excluded from any good activities for 2 months.
- It is courtesy for them or you to contact us via phone, text message or email to let us know that they are ill, or cannot attend a non-parade night activity because of an emergency or other cause.
- Communication is important to us, so please contact us if you have any complaints, comments, or even a thank you! Likewise we will contact you every now and then with our information bulletin, please read it.
- We give as much notice as we can of forthcoming activities, please impress upon your son or daughter that a small notebook and pen will be invaluable in recording meeting times, places, activities, etc.
- We have a civilian committee who welcome parental support, if you feel you can help out occasionally, please let us know.
- We are always on the look out for people to join the staff team, please contact the Commanding Officer direct if you are interested.
Whilst I am always available to hear your comments, please direct general enquires via your son or daughter to their Flight NCO’s through the chain of command.
I look forward to ensuring that your son or daughter gets the most out of the ATC as possible.