With effect from 1st August 2014 the regulations specifying cadet joining age will change.
A young person who is over 12 years of age becomes eligible to join the Air Cadet Organisation from the start of school year 8 in England and Wales.
This change will allow young people in the same year group at school to join the Air Cadets at the same time rather than having to wait until they are 13 years of age.
(In Scotland a young person will become eligible to join in year S2 and in Northern Ireland, year 9.)
In addition any young person becomes eligible to join when they reach 13 years of age regardless of their school year.
A person cannot join after their 17th birthday.