Changes in the Air Training Corps cadet and adult volunteer numbers across Scotland have resulted in a review of the current Air Training Corps Wing structure.
With effect from today (1 Feb 2021), a new structure is being implemented which will result in a more equitable delivery of the cadet experience to the cadets with best use being made of available adult volunteers and permanent support staff.
Highland Wing (HW) and the majority of North East Scotland Wing (NESW) will integrate to become a new Wing called North Scotland Wing (NSW). This Wing will contain all the existing Highland Wing units except 2521 (Oban) Sqn that will transfer to West Scotland Wing.
All the existing North East Scotland Wing units, except those in the county of Angus, will form part of the new Central Scotland Wing. These units are 2231 (Forfar) Sqn, 2288 (Montrose) Sqn, 2231 (Brechin) DF, 2422 (Arbroath) Sqn and 2449 (Carnoustie) Sqn.
The new North Scotland Wing HQ will be in the existing integrated Highland Wing HQ/DACRE Regional Activity Centre/cadet accommodation at RAF Lossiemouth. This facility already manages and supports the Highland Wing units.
A new Central Scotland Wing (CSW) will be formed and will contain the units in the county of Angus and currently part of North East Scotland Wing, 2231 (Forfar) Sqn, 2288 (Montrose) Sqn, 2231 (Brechin) DF, 2422 (Arbroath) Sqn and 2449 (Carnoustie) Sqn and the units in Dundee, Perthshire, Fife, Stirling, Dunblane & Alloa which are currently in South East Scotland Wing.
The Central Scotland Wing HQ will be in the existing South East Scotland Wing HQ offices at Leuchars Station which are co-located with the Air Cadet Region HQ and a Region Activity Centre.
South East Scotland Wing (SESW) will remain but with a modified geographic footprint and it will contain units in Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Borders and parts of Stirling & Falkirk District, including 470 (Falkirk) Sqn, 867 (Denny) Sqn, 1271 (Bathgate) Sqn, and 1333 (Grangemouth) Sqn which will transfer from West Scotland Wing.
The new Wing HQ is being established and provisioned at the Army Reserve Centre facilities, 301 Colinton Road, Edinburgh.
West Scotland Wing (WSW) will remain but with a modified geographic footprint and it will contain the units in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire, Argyll, Renfrew, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway. The wing HQ will remain in the existing offices co-located with 396 (Paisley) Sqn in the Army Reserve Centre compound at Hawkhead Road, Paisley.
Group Captain James Leggat, Regional Commandant Scotland & Northern Ireland Region, welcomed the new structure.
He said: “It’s an exciting time for the Air Training Corps cadets and staff in several parts of Scotland. With changes in both cadet and adult volunteer numbers, the Wing organisation has been reviewed and with effect from 1 February 2021, a new structure is being implemented.
“This structure will result in a more equitable delivery of the cadet experience to our cadets with best use being made of our available adult volunteers and permanent support staff.
“A big thank you to all the staff, volunteer and permanent, who have worked behind the scenes over the last 12 months to make this change feasible – especially during the current COVID-19 situation.”
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