About Us

Welcome to 23 (Nelson) Squadron Air Training Corps AKA "Ghost Squadron"

No. 23 (Nelson) Squadron ATC parades on Monday evenings from 6.10 to 9.10pm during the school term, at our Headquarters building on Dakota St, Nelson Airport. About once a month we have weekend activities such as camps, rifle shooting, tramps or competitions against other cadet units.

Please feel free to browse our pages to find out more about us. For a look at what we are doing day-to-day, visit our Facebook page.

Our mission

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

Cadets gain skills and friends for life. This year members of 23 Squadron will participate in parades, bushcraft and survival camps, shoot in national and international competitions, learn about and go flying in light aircraft, visit Air Force and Army bases, use radios and leadership skills to co-ordinate our activities, travel overseas on exchange programs, help out at community events, get fit, have fun and become more confident. Sound like you? Take the challenge and become one of tomorrows leaders.


Would you like to join the Air Training Corps?

We run a structured annual training program, and this means to give all cadets the best experience we only recruit once a year. Recruiting for 2018 has now closed. Our first training block has occurred and we can't accept new recruits after this as there is too much catching up.

If you will be between 13 and 15 (or in Year 9 or 10) at the beginning of 2019 then you will be eligible to join. We recruit in February-March, and you will go through much of your training with this intake.

If you would like to pre-register please go to the Joining page, and we will send you a reminder closer to the time. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to get in touch directly via the Contact page.