Australian Air Force cadet open night in Shepparton

By Laura Briggs

The sky is the limit for teenagers of the Goulburn Valley and surrounding areas.

An open night has been organised in Shepparton this Friday for those interested in becoming an Australian Air Force cadet.

Australian Air Force Cadets 419 Squadron commanding officer Ray Bolton said cadet positions were open to those aged between 13 and 18.

The program was specifically focused on signing up younger people as they would have more time to benefit from the cadetship.

He said by becoming a cadet, people were able to gain an understanding of what they could expect if they were to go on and join the air force or other defence force positions in the future.

‘‘It gives them an insight to how everything works and why it works,’’ Mr Bolton said.

He said the program provided participants with valuable life skills and experience.

Mr Bolton said the cadets met each Friday for a parade night where they received weekly training in different subjects during the year.

Mr Bolton said Shepparton presently had 25 cadets and hoped to gain another 10 to 15 at this week’s open night.

‘‘Kids go to school five days a week and they need something relaxing. This is a good relaxation for them and a fun activity,’’ he said.

The cadets open night will be this Friday at Shepparton’s Somme Barracks at 110 Sobraon St from 6pm to 10pm.

For more information, visit or phone squadron commanding officer Ray Bolton on 0407 247 916.