New Cadets

Now don’t roll your eyes… with Cadets you’ll get out of it what you put into it.  

The more time you put in, the more you will learn, progress, and achieve!

Parade nights are about training, while operations and exercises are a chance to test your skills.

Willie Apiata VC meets CDT BJ Knight

The following is a list of skills, interests, knowledge and plain fun you can encounter when you are part of 29 Rotorua Squadron ATC.  Not all of this will happen in your first year, nor will everything happen every year.  New cadets need to be trained with the right knowledge and skills before some of these activities can be participated in.

  • First aid
  • Search and rescue
  • Survival skills
  • Weapons safety
  • River crossings
  • White water rafting
  • Target shooting
  • Aircraft controls
  • Helicopter controls
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Gliding
  • Powered flight
  • Navigation
  • Team work
  • Discipline
  • Parade work
  • Tramping
  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Anzac Dawn Service
  • Anzac Service
  • Armistice Day
  • Battle of Britain Commemoration Service
  • Poppy Day
  • Walking Festival flag bearing
  • War grave cleaning

Parade nights

Every Wednesday night during school terms, cadets meet at the unit for a “Parade night”.  This generally is split into 3 parts.  First you form up on parade, and there is an inspection of your uniform and how you are presented.  There are standards of dress and personal presentation that are needed to be a cadet.

This is followed by the first of two education-focused sessions.  Education is part of learning the information needed to progress through Cadets and earn promotions to higher ranks. 

Sometimes the Parade nights are off-site.  Examples may include visiting a hangar at the airport to learn about helicopters, or visiting a fire station to learn about fire fighting and safety.

Some parade nights, frequently the last one of each school term, are social nights where the squadron might go bowling, play laser-strike, or go rock climbing.