The Australian Air Force Cadets 203 Squadron was formed in 1941 and was originally known as 54 Squadron – C Flight, East Brisbane. When the Whitlam Government closed down the cadets in the early 1970s, the School, in its wisdom, maintained the cadets with the help of several dedicated staff. When the cadets were reformed in the late 1970s, the Flight was renamed Number 3 Flight, ACGS – Queensland Squadron Air Training Corps.
In 1998 female cadets were introduced and the flight was opened up to students outside the ranks of the School to ensure a strong and viable future for the unit. In 2001 the Air Training Corp undertook a great period of change and was renamed the Australian Air Force Cadets. The Flight was renamed 203 Squadron, ACGS – No. 2 Wing Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC).
Training is conducted on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 6.30 pm during the school year. This involves practical orientated lessons delivered by the older cadets to equip each member of the unit with the skills required to perform as a member of the unit. We cover the basic subjects such as aviation, aircraft recognition, drill, service knowledge, survival and fieldcraft, in both lectures and practical applications, such as camps, which are held four times per year at various locations.
Each cadet will be issued with the basic uniform requirements. Our unit wears SD polyester Blues, which are worn one parade per month as well as for ceremonial occasions such as Anzac Day and the Senior Passing Out Parade. We issue DPCU (Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniforms) as our general duty form of dress. Churchie provides all items of uniform free of charge.