Establishing a new unit in the AAFC
The AAFC has multiple units across Australia. The backbone of the AAFC is the Squadron (SQN), a unit that provides training for cadets in local communities. Units can range from 20 to 150 cadets. SQNs are grouped together into Wings (WG) to cover geographical regions .
SQNs are in metropolitan and regional centres in all States; and with cooperation and support from local communities, the AAFC provides young people an opportunity to participate in adventurous activities that encourage teamwork, leadership and self-respect.
The success of the modern cadet program is built, in part, on community participation. SQNs are run by AAFC adult supervisors who volunteer their time to provide training. Adult supervisors have the necessary skills and attributes of leaders, and they help cadets develop into responsible citizens .
While we prefer to be located at a Defence unit, the AAFC has many SQNs that operate in community facilities, schools, airfields and council buildings.
How to establish a new squadron
Before a SQN is established, the AAFC must consider information about the viability and ongoing potential of a new SQN in a particular area . To start the process, interested communities should prepare a submission they can discuss with the Officer Commanding the Wing that looks after their region.
Prepare background material and (as a minimum) address these questions:
- Where would you locate the SQN: a school, council hall, airport or Defence facility?
- Are there sufficient adult volunteers who meet the appointment requirements and have appropriate skills and/ or experience in working with young people, to staff the SQN? A minimum of three adults is required.
- Is there community/school support for the proposed SQN?
- Are there sufficient numbers of young people interested in joining the AAFC? A good guide is 20 to 30 young people .
- Can the community provide an ongoing supply of young people interested in joining the AAFC?
If a new SQN is established, Defence and the AAFC will provide:
- a development program
- an annual camp
- training and professional development for adult staff
- policy guidance
- a safe and secure environment, and
- a Defence experience.
If you are interested in forming a SQN , contact the Officer Commanding from your local Wing Headquarters via the relevant link :