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Recruiting Inquiries Intake 2025

Thanks for showing your interest in the Air Training Corps. 3 Squadron only recruits once a year in February and our recruiting is now closed for 2024.

If you are interested in joining in February 2025, then we are keen to hear from you! In order to be eligible, you must be between the ages of 13-15 or 12 and attending High School in 2025. Please fill in this form and we will be in touch with some more information about how to enrol.

Your Recruiting Inquiry for 2025 has been sent. Thank you for showing interest in 3 Squadron, our Recruiting Manager will be in contact with you shortly. In the meantime, see below for more information around our operations.



New recruits must:

  • Be aged 13 to 15 years

    • Or, 12 years of age and attending Year 9 in 2025

  • Abide by NZCF Code of Conduct and Squadron Standing Orders


Basic I Flight (Year 1)

  • $250 - This includes a SQN t-shirt, SQN Baseball Cap and covers your first camp.

  • The Uniform is free of charge BUT on loan from the unit

Fees are payable from the First Parade night. Payment plans and Financial support is available if required. 3 Squadron prides itself on never letting financial issues prevent a Cadet from participating in an activity.


3 Squadron parades every Wednesday night, during the school term and occasionally during the school holidays. Our parade night starts from 6:00pm (1800hrs) until 9:00pm (2100hrs).


We run a variety of activities over weekends, but generally 10 weeks of notice is given for these. Cadets usually find it quite easy to manage sporting commitments around weekend activities.​

You will generally find us parading at 202 Hillsborough Roadhowever some Wednesdays we go off site to complete exercises such as our Operational Fitness Test and house competitions. 


You will wear a similar Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) uniform, with rank slides distinguishing you as a cadet from the Airforce. Uniform is to be worn every week to Air Training Corps (ATC) parade nights unless otherwise specified in Weekly notices and at other formal occasions such as ANZAC Day parades. You will receive a short and long sleeve shirt, tie, jersey, trousers, and an FS cap.


Our uniform is:

  • Issued on loan bases - must be returned if you resign from ATC

  • To be worn as per RNZAF standards

  • Worn only on NZCF activities

  • You'll need to provide your own black leather shoes and royal blue socks.

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