417 (City of Bayside) Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets

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The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Aim of the Australian Air Force Cadets is:

To give cadets a foundation of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) knowledge and discipline

To develop qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative

To develop character and good citizenship in the widest sense

To develop an interest in the RAAF and aviation generally

To instil a knowledge of aviation history, and

To encourage cadets to continue an active interest in aviation into their adult life.

As a cadet, you’ll be offered inspiring and challenging military-like experiences. You will learn valuable life and work skills that may open up  new possibilities, opportunities and career options.

 As a cadet you will:

  • Be part of a team and gain team building skills
  • Develop leadership and survival skills
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Experience challenges
  • Learn to take responsibility
  • Take part in physical education activities.

As a cadet you’ll learn about:

  • Aviation Leadership
  • Self-discipline
  • Safe weapons handling
  • Fieldcraft First aid Drill and
  • ceremonial
  • Communications and navigation skills
  • Band activities.
  • Learn about aviation through flying, gliding, aerospace studies, communications and navigation, air traffic control, aeromodelling, aircraft engineering, orienteering and map reading. 

Cadets will also undertake weekend and school holiday activities such as (but not limited to):

  • General Skills Training,
  • Flying Training,
  • Leadership Training,
  • Field Training.


Requirements to become a cadet

  • Be 13 years of age; not attained the age of 18 years;
  • have parental or guardian permission to enrol;
  • be a person ordinarily resident in Australia;
  • be sufficiently fit and capable of carrying out the normal duties and activities of a cadet in the AAFC.
  • The applicant is to declare any known medical conditions at the time of application in order to assist the CO in the determination of suitability for enrolment and, if required by the CO, undergo a medical examination (at own expense);
  • provide written parental or guardian permission for a qualified medical practitioner to anaesthetise and operate on the cadet in an emergency;
  • not be a member of either the Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) or the Australian Army Cadets (AAC), unless such membership is compulsory; not be a Defence member; and make a commitment in writing that they have read and agree to abide by the AAFC Code of Conduct.


If you would like to join the AAFC Visit 417 (City of Bayside) Squadron on Monday evenings between 6:30pm and 9:30pm; Call us at (03) 9521 8698; Email us at admino.417sqn@aafc.org.au or; Facebook us at http://www.facebook.com/417SQN



Opening Hours

Mondays between 6:15pm-9:45pm


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67 Royal Avenue Sandringham, VIC 3191

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