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What we do

Classroom lesson teach the theory skills, and practical experiences out in the field, cadets offer a full scope of diverse skills and life skill for cadets.

Topics taught during Monday night lessons


History of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the unit

Cadets become familiar with where the Royal New Zealand Air Force has been deployed and where your unit comes from.



Learn the team work and skills required to stand tall in public.


Dress and bearing

Become skilled in meeting exacting standards of personal presentation.


Aviation studies

Understand aircraft technology, the theory of flight and have the chance to go flying.



Become skilled and comfortable in a bush environment.


First Aid

Know how to look after yourself and your team in the area of First Aid.


General Service Knowledge

Gain knowledge about the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the aircraft it flies, what it offers and how it assists New Zealanders.


Instructional techniques

Develop skills in passing on knowledge to other Cadets.



Find you way on land and in the air.


Firearms training and marksmanship

Become skilled in safe firearms handling and competition shooting.



Develop the skills to lead others.


Radio procedures

Gain and practice correct military procedures when using radios.


Citizenship training

Acquire status from serving others.


Recreational training

Achieve skills in a wide range of recreational activities. These could include such activities as tramping, abseiling, gliding, climbing, caving and four wheel driving. Contact your Unit Officers for specific training opportunities.


There are also opportunities in the Squadron for cadets to take part in:

  • Flying Scholarships and Camps

  • Military Base Visits

  • Promotional Courses

  • The Air Force Experience Scheme (AFE)

  • Local, Area and National Bushcraft Camps

  • International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)


Monday night training

The bulk of our training is conducted on Monday Parade Nights during the school term. Most parade nights, cadets are given 2 lessons covering a range of topics, by senior cadets or the staff of the unit. Details on the topics can be found below. Training is conducted in the year groups with the cadets progressing through a new 4 Year training programme designed by the NZCF, with the lessons becoming more advanced as the cadets continue in the unit. Once cadets have completed the first 3 years, they are eligible to be considered for promotion as an NCO, which allows them to take a leadership and training position within the unit.

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