About Cadets

New Zealand Cadet Forces

The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF or Cadet Forces) is a voluntary military-style training organisation for New Zealand youth. Run in a partnership between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and locally appointed community organizations, it is composed of three Corps (similar to the New Zealand Defence Force): the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), the New Zealand Cadet Corps (NZCC) and the Air Training Corps (ATC).

Mission – To develop and enable self-disciplined, confident, and responsible young New Zealanders

Vision – Preparing New Zealand’s successful leaders of tomorrow


  • Courage – Confronting challenges, both physical and moral, to overcome any adversity
  • Commitment – Being reliable and loyally serving and supporting the NZCF, local communities and New Zealand
  • Comradeship – Looking out for each other, having respect for all, and championing the benefits of friendship, teamwork and diversity
  • Integrity – Having self discipline and always being honest, trustworthy and responsible

Air Training Corps

The Air Training Corps (ATC), commonly known as Air Cadets, is the aviation arm of the NZCF and is aligned with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Formed in September 1941 originally for the purpose of training young pilots ready for active service. There are 49 ATC Squadrons located throughout New Zealand with a vision to foster the spirit of adventure and teamwork, and to develop those qualities of mind and body essential for good citizens and leaders.

Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand

The Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand (ATCANZ) is established to support and promote the interests of the Air Training Corps. The role of ATCANZ is to:

  • Assist in the provision of facilities and resources
  • Assist in the provision of aviation training
  • Promote the ethic of community service
  • Provide support to Unit Support Committees