Hello nice to be back from Military Pocket Books


I am John Harris, publisher of the Air Cadet Pocket Book. we first published the ACPB in 1998 which my father, the late John Hobbis Harris, produced this was quite a large 390 page book and very much an independently put together book. ACC Forum helped him with a lot of the content as he was a lift long Army Cadetter, but very much loved to work with the cadet forces to help young people to develop their individual skillls.

So 2 years ago the book was taken out of print as it needed an up date.

The new book is still based on the old informative and with interjection of self testing question in some chapters.
We asked HQAC if it would be possible to use the adult officer and instructors to assist in there own time, this was granted. So we are know moving forward with the new Air Cadet Pocket Book, new special edition which know has colour content and a shorter 245 pages.

ACC where a brilliant help to my late father and I would still want to interact with the members here to make sure we are getting it right.

Many thanks for you support in the past ACC and members and continued support in the future.

John Harris
Military Pocket Books.


I’m afraid I’ve always been somewhat dubious about the pocket books, fearing that they are potential source of obsolete or otherwise incorrect information at a time when it should be really easy for people in the cadet forces to access the current, genuine information (and that changes too often already).

Is there a synopsis/summary of the contents of these pocket books available? I’ve not managed to find one so far.


Hi there,

Yes totally agree with your comments and we trying to generalise a lot of the general content like First Aid, Map Reading, Flight, Air Frame, Propulsion etc. We are now working to be able to produce the next edition of the book next year as an App version as well as printed hard copy.
As a publisher it then means we can print smaller quantities of the hard copy, to enable updates to be done more effectively and easily update the App version with immediate effect to the App User.

Contents of new pocket book

Organisation of the Air Training Corps, Headquarters Air Cadets, Departments within HQ Air Cadets, Corporate Business (CB), Media Communications (MC), Logistics, Physical Education (ATC), Health and Safety (H&S), Air Cadet Regions, Air Cadet Wings, The Air Cadet Council, Air Cadet Overseas, Ministry of Defence (Air), General Purpose Fund (GP Fund), Importance of Your Subscriptions, Air Cadet Squadron, Squadron Civilian Committee, The Enrolment Ceremony, Responsibiliyt for Standards, Expectation of your Officer Commanding, Annual Camp, When at Camp, En Route to Camp, Medical Certificate, Examples of Physical & Sporting Activities, The Cadet and The Community Insurance
Formation of Air Cadet Force, Aventure Training Introduced, Policy Change - Girls Join ATC, New Glider for ATC.

Chapter 3 - Discipline, Drill and Dress
Uniform, Care of Clothing, Hints for Pressing Uniform, Care and Cleaning of Boots and Shoes, Personal Turnout, No2 Dress, No2 Dress, No2 Dress C, No3 Dress, No3 Dress, General Advice, National Anthem, Standards Guidons and Colours, The Union Flag, Used for Squad Drill, Teaching Drill, Paying Complments - Saluiting, Adjusting on Parade, Sizing A Squad, Inspection of A Squadron/Flight, Marching and Dressing Off, Change Direction - Wheeling on the March, Words of Command, Developing Your Words of Command, Drill Techniques to Aid Instruction, Safety, Aids to Drill Instruction, Communication Drill, Mutual Drill, Badges of Rank & Distinguishing Badges. Self-Test Questions.

Build Your Confidence, Past Experience, Shooting in the Countryside, Conservation and Preservation, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Shooting, Join The Team, Types of Shooting Activity, Competitive Shooting, Skill at Arms and Shooting, Be a Marksman with every Weapon, Go Shooting Regularly, Shooting with the Reserver Forces, Practise make Perfect, Personal Qualities, Safe and Skilled, Going on the Range, Personal Health/Safety, Personnel Inspection, Your Personal Declaration, Marksmanship Principles, Get Comfortable, Automatic Alignment with The Target, Adjusting Your Position - Other Ways, Sight Alignment - Aiming, Correct Sight of Aim (Military Shooting), Fatigue Weakness, Take Your Time, Control of Breathing, Breathing For Firing, Trigger Control & Operation, Triggers, Breath Restraint, The Follow Through, Calling The Shot, Characteristics of The Weapon, est Your Individual Weapon, Coaching Card 100 metres, Diagram of a 4ft Target Illustrating A “Group”, Producing a Good, “Group”, The Sling - An Aid to Good Shooting, Single Point Sling, Care and Cleaning, Targets, Shooting Records, 4ft Targets, Cadet Fig 12, Cadet Fig 11, Specimen Shooting Record, Example of Target Shooting Record.

Chapter 5 - First Aid
Introduction, Assessing the Situation (AMEGR), Assessing the scene/situation, Primary Survey, Catastrophic external haemorrhage, Airway, Breathing, Recovery Position, Basic Life Support, Start chest compression, Secondary Survey, Trauma, Blast Injury, Injury, Classification, Quaternary or miscellaneous, Blunt, Trauma, Penetrating Trauma, Shock, Burns, Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Fractures, Seizures, casualty positions.

Chapter 6 - MAP READING
Care of Maps, Reliability of Maps, Marginal Information, The Grid System, Four and Six Figure References, Setting a Map with Compass, Setting a Map without a Compass by Observation, The light Weight Compass, Angles Between North Points, Magnetic Declination, Grid Convergence, Bearing - Types of Bearings, To Take A Magnetic Bearing, To Take a Grid Bearing, Grid Magnetic Angle, Indentifiying a Feature, Marching on A Bearing, Hills and Valleys, Forwards and Back Bearing, Convex and Concave Slopes, Spot Heights and Trig Points, Contours and the shape of ground, Know Your Contour Pattern, Scales and Measuring Distance, Linear Map Scale, How to Measure distance, Navigating Round Obstacles, Finding True North from the Sun Using a Watch, Night March, Finding True North, Terms used in Map Reading, Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Chapter 7 - Fieldcraft
Introduction, Natural Skills, Individual Skills, Using Common Objects for Appearance Method, Method of Judging Distances, Us a Unit of Measure, Aids to Judging Distance, Appearance Method, Things Seem Closer, Further Away, Bracketing, Halving, Personal Camourflage and Concealment, Lose Your Shape, Skyline, Target Recognition, Move Quietly at All Times, Movement at Night, The Ghost Walk, The Cat Walk, The Kitten Crawl, Night Noises, Moving at Night, Night Vision, Your Eyesight, Bright Lights Ruin Your Night Vision, Duties of A Sentry, Sentries a Night in the Field, Use Your Senses, Choosing A route, Always use a Compass, Pacing, Navigation, Aids to Keeping Direction, Observation, Pyrotechnics, Self Test.

Chapter 8 - Flying
Air Experience Flying, Flight Safety, Equipment, Entering the Air Cirfraft, Your Flight, Tutor T1 Grob 115e, The Parachute, Life Preservers, (or Mae West), Headset and Microphone, Loose Articles, Air Sickness, Action In an Emergency, Opportunity Flights, The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme, The Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Scheme (ACPNS), Civilian Flying Scholarships.

Chapter 9 - Principles of Flight and Gliding
Simple Experiment, Cross-Section of Wing, Center of Pressure, How Lift Varies, Lift and Weight, Thrust and Drag, Lift and Weight in Straight and Level Flight, Stalling, Stalling Speed, Stability and Control, Three Plane Movements, Flaps, Advantages of Flap, Trimming Tabs, Flaps and Slats, Trimming Tabs, High Speed Flight - Speed of Sound, Mach Number, Sound Barrier and The Shock Wave, How Far Will A Glider Glide, lider Launch, Control and Instruments, Soaring, Importance of Thermals.

Chatper 10 - Air Frames
Aircraft Major Components, 1. Fuselage, 2. Main Plane, 3. Tail Unit, 4. Alighing Gear, Airplain Construction, the Sandwich Method of Construction, The intergral Method of Construction, Aircraft Shape and Materials, Wing Layout, Engine Installations, Under Carrage Designs, Undercarriage, Aircraft Controls, Autopilot, Aircraft Systems, Aircraft Instruments.

Chapter 11 - Propulsion
Introduction, The Piston Engine, The Four Stroke Cycle, cylinder Arrangements, Thrust, Gass Turbine Engines, Main Types, Applications of Gass Turbine Engine Types, TurboJet, TurboFan, TurboProp, TurboShaft, Vector Thrust RamJet, Self Test
Chapter 12 - Meteorology
Meteorological Terms, Chart Marking Symbols, Weather Map, Boundaries of Sea and Land Areas as Used Land in TV Stations, Weather Forecasts, Weather Systems, High Pressure or Anticyclone, Low Pressure or Depression, isobars (line of equal atmospheric pressure), Wind speed and direction, Relationship between wind direction, Weather Fronts.

Chapter 13 - Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation
Real Learning, Real Benefits, Who are CVQO?, Qualifications for cadets and adult volunteers, Cadets aged 16-18,TEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship,Aims and Objectives, Entry Requirements, Assessment, What you will gain?, BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Communit, BTEC Level 2 in Engineering, TEC Level 3 in Public Services, BTEC Level 3 in Music, BTEC Level 3 Music within the Uniformed Public Services, BTEC Level 3 in Music (Performance), Adult Awards, Duke of Westminster Award – rewarding selflessness and community spirit, What to Do Know.

Chapter 14 - RAF Regiment
IN THE BEGINNINGIn the Beginning, The Post-War Years, Corps Organization, Ceremonial Duties, Initial Training, The Guinness Book of World Records.

Chapter 15 - Pastoral Care, Discipline and Safe Guarding
Ethos and Value, The Air Cadet Organisation – Commandant’s Intent, Air Cdre D McCafferty - Values of the ACO, Vision of the ACO, Mission Statement, The Air Cadet Code of Conduct – Personnel Instruction 501, Pregnancy, Clarification of ages, Conditions of Extension Beyond 18, Leaving the ACO, Complaints, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Ages of Responsibility – what the law says, ACP4 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, What to do if you yourself or a fellow cadet has a safeguarding issues, Social Networking Policy.


John Harris


BTW… new book published 20th November 2015


I’d tend to agree with Incubus - I’d steer clear of things such as organisation or anything regulation-based, as it’s all subject to change. A lot of what’s listed there though should be fairly concrete, and probably much more future-proof.


Hi Matt

Published new Air Cadet Pocket Book

If I can send you a copy for your thought let me know .

Taken on board your comments and think this is the best one yet.


John Harris



I take it the book can be purchased from the likes of Amazon etc?