About 321 Squadron

With staff and cadets coming from throughout Newcastle City and surrounding suburbs, 321 (City of Newcastle) Squadron AAFC has strong links with the local community. Originally formed in February 1952, the squadron has now been in continuous operation for more than 65 years. The squadron staff and senior cadets pride themselves in delivering a wide variety of training and experiences to the cadet members of the squadron.

At 321 Squadron, we are fortunate to be located on an Australian Defence Force base, where we have our own headquarters area, and share excellent training facilities with other ADF and ADFC units based at Bullecourt Barracks. Our location at Adamstown places us centrally within the City of Newcastle, whose name we share in our squadron title. The squadron also incorporates the lighthouse crest from the City of Newcastle coat of arms into the unit insignia.

The squadron has a long tradition of fostering personal growth through a comprehensive program which espouses the squadron core values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. The squadron provides a strong and challenging training syllabus, together with ample leadership and character development opportunities. Each year, 321 Squadron cadets are offered a wide variety of activities such as air experience flights, ceremonial parades, fieldcraft and adventure training, firearms safety training and range practices, and social events. Cadets can also participate in camps and courses during the school holidays, including powered flying and gliding, general service training at RAAF bases, and promotion courses. As cadets gain more experience, national and international activities also become available. Let's face it - where else would you be given the opportunity to fly solo in a powered aircraft or glider before you can drive a car? Whatever you do with your life, at the end of your time as an AAFC cadet you'll be self-motivated, confident, and ready for anything.

At 321 Squadron we train and encourage young men and women to become fair and responsible leaders, capable of taking responsibility for their actions, and able to set an example for their peers. By the time they leave the AAFC, 321 Squadron cadets will have experienced positions of responsibility, and will have learned important life-long lessons about self-discipline and leadership.