Training at 321 Squadron

AAFC training is planned on several levels. Firstly, 321 Squadron conducts regular ‘squadron training' which is conducted weekly at the Wednesday night parade. The first stage of training is Recruit Stage and takes approximately four months to complete. Upon completing the recruit training stage, cadets are then eligible to commence the Basic Stage of training, which takes approximately 8 months. At the end of Basic Stage, the cadets are reclassified to Leading Cadet, and earn their first chevron (‘stripe’). Basic stage is followed by Proficiency Stage, then Advanced Stage, and then Qualified Stage, the final stage of squadron training.

Some activities undertaken by the AAFC will require a degree of physical fitness. Activities such as drill and physical training may be arduous, and for some can be physically and mentally draining. It is imperative cadets be prepared for the physical demands that can arise when participating in selected activities, however parents and guardians please note that the safety and welfare of cadets is always the highest consideration during the planning and execution of any and every activity.

Secondly, the squadron will organize activities, including visits, ceremonial parades and fieldcraft bivouacs, where cadets learn to apply skills taught in the classroom in a practical sense. The squadron will also organize air experience flying and gliding. This is the first introduction to learning to fly, and is the first step for those interested in becoming a pilot. Squadron activities usually occur over weekends.

Links to the subjects that are taught in each training stage is included on this page, as is a document outlining typical AAFC development pathways. Additionally. a copy of the annual training program, and the detailed weekly training program, is included on this website. The squadron training program is subject to small changes, and the program is updated as required. Cadets and parents should frequently check the current training program.

Wing headquarters will plan and conduct camps (called 'continuous training') like flying, gliding, and promotion courses - all involve going away to an RAAF Base or other location for periods ranging from seven to twenty-five days. A 'GST' or General Service Training camp is generally the first camp a cadet attends. This is a general activity camp where the experience of RAAF life is the primary aim. Most camps are scheduled during school holidays, and sometimes over weekends. The squadron will provide information on these activities, as they become available.