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West Mercian Wing is one of six wings in Wales and West Region and is made up of the old counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

Cadets in your local Air Training Corps (ATC) squadron are flying, gliding, going on summer camps, taking part in all kinds of action adventure and sports, and meeting people. How far are YOU from having a brilliant time?

You can join as a cadet as soon as you are 12 and in year 8 at school, and after some basic training, you can fly in RAF aircraft, go adventure training, win sports colours and spend weeks away visiting RAF bases. Parades and discipline? You can do it. 'Walking with friends, you keep in step naturally...Drill's just an extension of that'.

"On camp there's no time to breathe! Quick change of clothes for abseiling, canoeing, go-karting. I've helped in a jet refit - striped it down. Or an RAF sergeant asks, "Want a game of football? Get changed!"; You say, "Its there, I'm going to do it!"

As you gain experience and prove yourself, you can earn the chance to help organise squadrons activities and take on responsibility. "It's great; I'm learning so much."

Most cadets are invited along to the squadron for the first time by a friend. Someone who can't stop talking about the great time their having. Don't worry about coming down on your own though. The squadron is always a meeting place. The cadets and officers will take time to explain everything.

You just need to be between the ages of 12 (and in year 8 at school) to 17. Any creed or colour. Male or female. "I've never met anyone who's done everything the corps has to offer and got board. You never want to leave."

The ATC has something for everyone. Especially you!

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