School Cadet Expansion Officer


The EA RFCA School Cadet Expansion Officer has helped schools in East Anglia set up their own CCF units. In some instances, he has helped schools to partner with existing cadet units nearby.

The government announced its cadet expansion plan in 2012, which aimed to have up to 100 more cadet units in state-funded schools by 2015.  Then in 2015, the Chancellor renewed his pledge, this time to create cadet forces in 500 state-funded schools by 2020. 

The aim is to significantly increase the number of young people able to access the cadet experience

Schools with cadet units reported seeing benefits that go beyond the unit, propagate throughout the school and into the community:  

  • An observed improvement in student behaviour and discipline
  • Improved relationships between students and teachers
  • Positive role modelling by cadets for other young people
  • Wider opportunities for staff development as Cadet Force Adult Volunteers
  • Increased visibility and reputation of the school and its students in the community
  • Practical cadet support of community activities and events

There are two different types of cadet units that can be set up under School Cadet Expansion in a school, a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit, and a Sea Cadets unit. 

You can check eligibility, find out about funding, setup requirements, and apply directly through the GOV.UK Guidance page

Andy Bovingdon is the EA RFCA School Cadet Expansion Officer. He has helped schools in East Anglia to set up their own CCF units. In some instances, he has helped schools to partner with existing cadet units nearby.

Contact Andy for help with setting up a unit:

Office telephone number: 01245 244800

Mobile telephone number: 07721475750

Email: ea-sceo@rfca.mod.uk

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