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What is the Air Training Corps? (ATC//RAFAC)

Recently, I attended an open event for the ATC/ RAFAC a youth military organisation in the UK.

So what is it?
Like I said, it's a youth military organisation mainly revolving around the RAF - royal air force. Cadets can join from the age of 12-17 and you can stay until you age out! Once you are a cadet, you can take part in a lot of activities such as going flying!

What do you have to do?
In RAFAC - although sometimes it's called the ATC (air training corps) - cadets are taught drill, uniform standards and how to look after their uniform, the history of the ATC and other aspects of the Royal Air Force. You can work towards BTECs and gain extra qualifications that are useful for later on in life.

Yes, there is training, you join as a recruit and are in training for about 6 months. After the 6 months, you pass out and are a cadet. The training programme is designed to give you the knowledge you will need for your time in the ATC and will allow you to develop skills!

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-- A massive thanks to Alison Elkes at TUI for helping me write this post with the information she provided. --
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What is the uniform like then?

The uniform is royal/bright blue; the female crew can either wear: trousers, a skirt or a dress.
The dress has patterns on the pockets which add to the elegance of the dress.
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I would like to give a massive thank you to Eurostar for donating such a large volume of information to my blog! In addition to that another massive thank you to Lesley Retallack for getting these items together and organising them before sending them out!

Eurostar, is a company that many Brits will know as a provider of easy transport into Europe via London. I myself have travelled on the Eurostar to Paris and Belgium, however more recently I went on the Eurotunnel with school.

Thanks again Eurostar!

Here are the items below:

 The Eurostar scarf has many shades including various blue tones and a bright yellow. It also features the company logo and a 'Celebrating 20 years of Eurostar' logo. [Middle]

The name badge has been specially made for me and features my name and the language I speak. [Left]

A Eurostar diary which has space to record when your vacation is and when you are busy. [Right]
[A closer picture of the name badge can be found below in the blog post.]

 [Right] An…