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Want to join 176 (Hove) Air Cadets? We are recruiting new cadets from the Hove, Portslade & Southwick area to join our squadron. Fill in the form below and we’ll invite you to our next open evening – we usually have two/three intakes per year. Take a look at the joining process on this page, or read the FAQs below. We look forward to welcoming you to our squadron. At Hove Squadron we take great care and pride in preparing new recruits for cadet life. And with the recent changes to our minimum age, namely 12 and in year 8 at school, this has never been more important.


  1. Please let us know you would like to join by contacting us or registering your interest below.
  2. On the open evening, you will first hear a short series of presentations about our squadron and the Air Cadets. We will then take you on a tour of our squadron, with a chance to meet some current cadets. If you choose to join, you may be asked to fill out some paperwork in preparation for joining us.
  3. Your first night will usually be a week or two after the open evening. You will join an intake of cadets, and you all will spend the next couple of months learning everything you need to be an Air Cadet.
  4. During these first few months, you will complete the ‘First Class’ syllabus. This covers the history of the Air Training Corps, the Royal Air Force, basic navigation, aviation and radio communications. You will also be taught how to do perform drill in a squad, as well as how to maintain your uniform. During this time you will also be able to take part in the vast majority of squadron activities.
  5. Once you have completed First Class training, you will be enrolled as a member of the Air Training Corps. You will be issued your uniform and you will be able to take part in the full range of activities the Air Cadets has to offer, including flying and shooting!

If you have any questions, please check the FAQs below, or feel free to contact us. If you would like to join us, please register your interest using the form below and we will contact you with details about our next open evening.