“To Inspire to Achieve”
The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is a 150 year old national voluntary youth movement which is sponsored by, although not part of, the Army and aims to provide opportunities for young people to build their personal skills and self-confidence so that they become responsible and caring citizens. The ACF allows young people to have fun in a safe and structured environment whilst helping them to realise their full potential.
Typical activities an Army Cadet can expect include rock climbing, mountain biking, pot-holing, weapons handling, map reading and navigation, signals training, visits to military bases and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Army Cadets usually meet up one to two nights a week and have an Annual Camp every year, which is often the highlight for many cadets.
To join the ACF you must be between 12 years old and in year 8 at school and 18 years old.
The ACF encourages their cadets to succeed and offers a training scheme whereby cadets may progress through the ranks. All cadets start by learning the basics before moving on to ACF Star Cadet Awards starting at one star and moving all the way through to four. Once that is achieved, cadets can be put forward for an assessment course to be recognised as a Master Cadet.
If you need more information, visit the Army Cadet Force website