992 (Malmesbury) Squadron
Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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992 (Malmesbury) Squadron is among the many ATC units that offers the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme to it's cadets.


992 offers the award up to a gold level, and the past years have seen many cadets and staff accomplish this. Cadets recieve tremendous support from knowledgable staff and NCO's at the unit, many of which have completed the scheme.


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme was set up by His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 as a scheme to encourage and promote service and challenge among young people.


The DofE's Award provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking.  Young people progress through three programmes ranging from Bronze, Silver and Gold award.


Today, the DofE Award has it's own online learning platform - eDofE, which allows cadets to fill in their own activity information and at the same time allows staff to monitor a cadets progress.


Taking part in the award builds confidence and develops self-esteem.  It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE.




As a member of staff, I would say that having DoE on your CV especially at Silver or Gold level would greatly improve your chances of being considered for a job as employers are looking more and more at other qualifications to differentiate candidates from the more traditional qualifications. It shows commitment.

Flying Officer Jonathan Wakefield RAF VR(T)

Adjutant 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron


“I really enjoyed taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award while I was at school.  It provided an opportunity to challenge myself, learn new things and do good work in the community. It is something that I still talk about with my school friends to this day.”
Dame Kelly Holmes DBE MBE (Mil.)
Silver Award holder 
Bronze DofE
  • You must be 14 years old to enrol
  • £17 enrolment fee
  • A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. 

    -  You must plan, train for and complete a 2 Day (1 Night) Expedition
    -  You need to do 3 months of activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections plus an extra 3 months in any of the sections.

  • It will take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

Silver DofE

  • You must be 15 years to enrol
  • £17 enrolment fee
  • A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

  -  You must plan, train for and complete a 3 Day (2 Night) Expedition.

  -  You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other.

  • If you do direct entry Silver level you’ll have to do an extra 6 months of either volunteering or the longer of your two other sections.
  • It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you are a direct entrant.

Gold DofE

  • You must be 16 years old to enrol
  • £24 enrolment fee
  • A Gold DofE programme has 5 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential

  -  You must plan, train for and complete a 4 Day (3 Night) Expedition in ‘wild country’

  -  You need to do at least 12 months Volunteering and a minimum of 12 months on either Physical or Skills and 6 months on the other.

  -  If you do direct entry at Gold level you’ll have to do an extra 6 months in either volunteering or the longer of your two other sections.

  -  At Gold level you’ll also have to do a Residential section where you stay away from home for five days and four nights.

  • It will take you at least 12 months for Gold if you’ve achieved your Silver award, or 18 months if you are a direct entrant.


Once you have completed your Gold Award, you are invited to receive your award in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or another appointed royal and celebrity at St James' Palace.