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Squadron website: Contact Us

There are several ways to contact us - (please note that the Squadron phone is only manned during Monday and Friday evenings.)

• Officer Commanding (for all enquiries)

Mr P Donnelly (Flt Lt) RAFVR(T)

• Location - Map View directions at Multimap:• Postal Address

HQ 2182 Squadron ATC Marabout Barracks Poundbury Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 1TA

• Phone - Tuesday & Friday evenings 19.15hrs to 21.45hrs ONLY


• Email - all enquiries

We will endeavour to reply to email enquiries as soon as possible, however please be advised that our staff are only on-site for a limited period of time each week.


Cadets from both the Air Training Corps are offered opportunities to fly in light aircraft, gliders as well as other RAF and civil aircraft.

There are plenty of opportunities open to cadets when flying, from aerobatics in the new Grob Tutor to practising stalls in a Grob Viking glider.

Some cadets who stand out from the rest may also get the opportunity to fly on a civil airliner or go on an overseas flight in an RAF Tri-Star, VC10 or Hercules. A few cadets have also had the opportunity to fly in a variety of other aircraft including fast jets and the Red Arrows.

There are also exciting opportunities for cadets to learn how to fly, with scholarships for both powered flight and gliding.

In general, every cadet will be given opportunities to fly during their time as an active member of an ATC squadron.

Target Shooting

Cadets at all levels of the Air Training Corps have the opportunity to participate in the sport of rifle shooting. Since the ATC was originally a recruiting organisation for the Royal Air Force it made good sense for marksmanship to be on the training syllabus. Shooting remains one of the most popular cadet activities.

A "range" is a location designed so that people can take part in shooting under controlled conditions and ranges come in many shapes and sizes.

Initially, shooting takes place with the target 25m from the firer, either on a 25m indoor range or a 25m barrack (outdoor) range. As the firer advances through the weapons they will start to shoot at ranges of 100m or more.

Safety is paramount with all ATC activities and shooting is certainly no exception. Training is an integral part of the system and each cadet is fully trained in whichever rifle they will be using. Supervising staff are similarly trained to deal with any eventualities and to ensure that the range is run safely and efficiently. All rifles are fired from the prone position (the firer is lying on their stomach) at static, targets.

We are extremely lucky at 2182 (Dorchester) Squadron, as we have a range on site.


Air Cadets from the ATC participate in sports at various levels, gaining recognition for themselves, their Squadron, Wing, Region and can even be selected to represent the Corps.

As well as the sports featured below, there are also a huge variety of other sports participated in at Squadron and Wing levels including 5-A-Side, Table Tennis, Volleyball and many more. These tend to be played more for local pride and fun rather than being truly competitive; it does not matter if your not designed to be the next Olympic star. The opportunities are there, enjoy yourself!

• Football

The Air Cadets run 11-A-Side football competitions at both Junior and Senior age groups with the Senior age group being able to play at Corps level. 5-a-side football is also played, though this is normally only to Region level.

All Wings within the ATC operate tournaments between their Squadrons, which allow the best players to be selected to represent the Wing. The same applies to the Region, with Wings competing against each other and the best players being able to make up the Regional team and so on up to Corps level, where Cadets can compete against other Cadet Services and other external teams - sometimes to International level.

11-A-Side football is only played by male cadets and is played under the official rules of the FA. The Inter Squadron football tournaments are mostly run around the autumn time of the year.

5-a-side football can be enjoyed by both male and female cadets (though participation by females is reliant on adequate changing facilities at venues). The male's competition is usually split into Juniors and Seniors. The 5-a-side tournaments are held at the beginning of the year and are usually well attended.

• Athletics

Athletics is by far the most popular sport that the ATC participates in.

This event is normally held in Summer and all age groups can progress to Corps level. The age groups for this sport is normally:

Under 15 Boys Under 17 Men Junior Men Under 15 Girls Junior Women The Events participated in athletics are as follows:

Track Field 100m High Jump 200m Long Jump 400m Javelin 800m Discus 1500m Shot Putt 4x100m relay All Events are governed by the rules of the UK Athletics Association.

Duke of Edinburgh The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged 14-25.

The Award programme consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each have differing criteria for entry and the level of achievement necessary to complete each award.

Air Cadets who meet the age criteria can join the award scheme.

Each award is broken down into 4 areas (5 for gold) which participants must complete successfully to receive their award. These are:-

Service Helping others in the local community.

Expeditions Training for, and planning of a journey.

Skills Demonstrate ability in almost any hobby, skill or interest

Physical Recreation Sport, dance and fitness.

Residential Project (Gold Award only) A purposeful enterprise with young people not previously known to the participant.

The Award is widely recognised by employers as it helps demonstrate that award holders are keen to take on new challenges, have a higher level of self confidence than their counterparts, have leadership qualities with the added experience of teamwork.

Adventure Training

Adventure Training forms an essential part of the Air Cadet's training syllabus. As well as helping cadets forge new friendships, adventure training enables all cadets to show off their leadership qualities.

There is a wide ranging Adventure Training syllabus in the ACO - depending on the squadron you attend, you could try your hand at watersports, skiing or climbing amongst others.

Nothing is compulsory - you choose the activities you are interested in. Below are some of the activities available.

• Climbing

Climbing can be a highly rewarding sport. It works well to exercise all parts of your body, by developing upper body strength through gripping, and encouraging muscular development in the legs through balancing. Its also great fun - many squadrons go on climbing trips regularly - a few even have their own climbing walls. All climbing is supervised by professionally qualified instructors (either staff members or employed from the outside.)

• Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft is an exciting part of any squadron's training programme, and the promise of a good exercise is always guaranteed to get good attendance.

Click here to read more about Fieldcraft

• Annual Camp

Every year, cadets are given the opportunity to attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last one week (normally Saturday to Saturday or Wednesday to Wednesday) with the primary purpose of letting cadets see what life is like on an RAF camp. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and have a lot of fun.

On arriving at Air Cadet camp, the cadets will be split into two or more flights.

You will sleep in RAF accommodation blocks, eat at the airman's mess and visit the various sections around the station (such as squadrons, the control tower etc.), as well as take part in sports, orienteering and night exercises, quizzes, aircraft recognition competitions and any social activities which may be available.

There will be drill, uniform and room inspections but these, along with all the other activities, earn points for you as an individual and for your flight as a whole.

Each cadet at camp will normally get a flight in one of the Air Experience Flight's Bulldog or Tutor aircraft and being on an RAF station puts cadets in a perfect position to get opportunity flights on any other aircraft which may have a few spare seats.

Cadets over 16 years of age may receive a Work Experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force entails.

Each RAF Station has an Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) who will help to ensure that the camp runs smoothly and that as many opportunities are available to cadets as possible.

• More Information

Visit the main ATC website to read more about Adventure Training such as the International Air Cadet Exchange, Overseas Camps and Squadron Camps.