The Cadets are uniformed youth organisations promoting teamwork, leadership and citizenship through friendship, adventure and fun.
The Cadets’ activities aid the personal and social development of young people, as well as promoting physical fitness, mental fitness and self-reliance.
Cadets are required to participate positively in their communities.
They’re often seen helping out at local events, collecting for charities, taking part in community projects and ceremonial events.
East Anglia RFCA provides over 40 permanent staff and administrative support for the Army Cadet Force, maintenance of Army Cadet Force buildings and facilities management, raises awareness of achievements of all Cadets in the region, and helps with recruiting adult volunteers as cadet instructors.
The Cadet Administrative Assistants (CAAs) are RFCA staff embedded in the Army Cadet Force, responsible for all administration matters and logistics within his/her area. Along with the County Administration Officers, they support the Cadet Executive Officers in each Army Cadet Force county.
In East Anglia there are over 13,000 Cadets.
There are opportunities for Cadets to achieve qualifications such as First Aid awards and BTEC, ILM and City & Guild qualifications through CVQO, and the chance to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
None of this could happen without the Cadet Instructors.
The Cadet Instructors often join with little or no experience in working with youth organisations, but they have enthusiasm for personal growth and helping others.
About 50% of Cadet instructors were themselves cadets in their youth. Many want to continue their involvement with the cadets as adults and inspire a new generation of cadets.
All adult volunteers receive continuous training and support to become the men and women that provide leadership, training and administrative support that helps develop the potential of young people in the Cadets.