2048 (Dagenham) Squadron is one of the 1009 Air Training Corps (ATC) units in the UK.

Situated on Wood Lane close to Dagenham's Civic Centre we are one of the foremost military youth organisations in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

With over 40 Cadets on our Squadron and 7 Adult Volunteers, we are an ever-expanding group who play a vital role in providing the young people of the Borough with opportunities to push themselves out of their comfort zone and develop their Leadership skills in a Military environment.


The Aims of the ATC, as set out in a Royal Warrant as approved by Her Majesty the Queen are;

  • To promote and encourage among young men and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force.

  • To provide training which will be useful both in the Services and in civilian life.

  • To foster the spirit of adventure and to develop the qualities of leadership.

Membership of the ATC is open to those aged between 13 and 17.


We fulfill the our aims by providing a range of activities including;

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person's successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities for the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award.

Flying and Gliding

There are plenty of opportunities for cadets to get in the air. Air Experience Flights (AEF) are flying units stationed at RAF stations dedicated to giving Air Cadets the opportunity to fly. Operating the Grob Tutor light trainer, Cadets can spend 40 minutes with an RAF pilot and learn the skills required in order to fly.

Stand out from the crowd and you could be put forward for an overseas flight on a Hercules, VC10 or Tri-star. If you're really lucky you could even join a pilot in one of our fast-jet aircraft or experience the unbeatable exhilaration of a Red Arrows flight.


With staff qualified to run military short/long and indoor ranges, we offer cadets the chance to learn a unique skill in marksmanship. Firing weapons used by the British Armed Forces, safety is the number one priority in helping Cadets to achieve national competition standard.


Everyone gets excited about fieldcraft. But what is it? Put simply, it's the skills you need to survive and navigate yourself around outdoors, in unfamiliar places. It means sorting food, shelter, protection from the weather and getting from A to B as quickly and effectively as you can.

This is where Air Cadet training gets closer to what RAF personnel do in their training. The principle is the same - think on your feet, adapt to your situation and work to your team's strengths. Encompassing Camouflage, Concealment and stalking techniques, these are applied on weekend ‘Exercises' to military training areas across the country.

Annual Camps

We offer several visits a year to active RAF stations visiting all areas of the station giving Cadets the chance to experience how an RAF station actually works.

Ceremonial Duties

A lot of time is dedicated to exposing the Cadets to military ceremony, national and international ceremonial events. As well as annual parades and services in Dagenham, we also give the Cadets the opportunity to attend parades in London including the Lord Mayors show, the Festival of Remembrance, the Cenotaph on Whitehall and services at Westminster Abbey, St.Pauls, St. Clements Dane and other national landmarks.

Overseas Visits

We annually visit Training areas in Germany, utilising facilities of ‘British Forces Germany'.

Additionally we visit Ypres, Belgium as part of our remembrance programme in November. In 2012, a Cadet of 2048 assisted in the laying of the Belgium national wreath of Remembrance at the Menin Gate.


Whether you are an adult who wishes to volunteer or a potential new cadet, getting involved couldn't be easier.

Visit www.2048-aircadets.org.uk for more information or call us on 020 8984 8907.