About

The Air Training Corps (ATC), or Air Cadets,  is the aviation arm of the NZCF, and is aligned with the RNZAF. Formed in September 1941 originally for the purpose of training young pilots ready for active service. There are 49 A.T.C. Squadrons located throughout New Zealand with a vision to foster the spirit of adventure and teamwork, and to develop those qualities of mind and body essential for good citizens and leaders.

The ATC curriculum contains aviation, bushcraft, drill commands, leadership, search and rescue (SAR), survival skills, organizational knowledge of NZDF and NZCF and weapons training. National courses are provided in powered flying, aeronautical navigation, gliding and bushcraft.

The Recruiting Process


If you are interested in joining 18 Avon Squadron, please contact the Squadron at 18sqn@cadetforces.org.nz.

UPDATE: From November 6th, No. 18 Squadron is holding Open Evenings for potential recruits. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. For Frequently asked Questions click here

Each Open Evening will consist of a Squadron Parade, a tour of the unit, followed by some fun teamwork activities for the recruits while the parents meet our staff for a Q & A session.

Bring your friends! Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for outside activities.

Christchurch Cadet Training Centre
43 Corsair Drive Wigram
Tuesday Nights
6:30 - 9:00 PM



Recruitment Videos

18 Squadron Recruitment Video

NZ Cadet Forces Recruiting Video

YouTube Video




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