Gore Air Training Corps is recruiting army cadets.
Squadron leader Lindsay Young said the unit had had air force cadets since the 1940s but this was the first time it was taking army cadets.
“ATC teaches cadets life skills that they use within the community,” Sqn Ldr Young said.
Girls and boys 13-14 years of age could join.
It served as a good stepping stone for teenagers looking to a career in the army or air force.
“Even if they don’t want to go into the armed forces, it teaches them organisation and leadership skills that they can take into a career later in life.”
A lot of the courses and classroom lessons that ATC cadets learnt could be NZQA accredited and go towards NCEA qualifications, Sqn Ldr Young said.
“All the exams are done online now, so they can go home and do the exam on the computer and get their credits,” he said.
The unit goes on camps and tramps and has an annual flying camp.
Sqn Ldr Young is also a supervisor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and a lot of the cadets are also working on completing that.
The unit meets on Wednesdays at 7pm at the Round Table Hall in Gore, and teenagers are welcome to attend.