The success of the Cadet Forces is greatly dependent on the volunteers who support them.
Being a Cadet Instructor is a great opportunity to be part of a prestigious and popular youth organisation, which takes great pride in offering young people opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them.
The Cadet Forces need adults to volunteer with the enthusiasm to motivate and train cadets and the desire to have a positive input into their futures.
There are 28,000 Cadet Instructors in the UK. Numbers vary by location and Cadet Force, but generally there are 40% female to 60% male instructors, and 50% are ex-cadets with a further 20% veterans. There is no requirement for volunteers to have a background in the Armed Forces or the Cadet Forces, but those that do often find themselves in a position where they can ‘give back’ to the organisation that they were part of and inspire a new generation of cadets.
The benefits of being a Cadet Instructor
All Cadet Instructors are rewarded with training, personal development, an enhanced CV and immense satisfaction from being part of the cadet movement.
Cadet Instructors can travel to interesting places, make new friends and achieve qualifications in First Aid, diplomas and graduate level qualifications in Public Services through the BTEC scheme.
As well as training in all the activities that cadets take part in, Cadet Instructors can also hone skills in leadership, management, administration, communication, teamwork, decision-making and influencing.
How to apply to become a Cadet Instructor
All applicants must register interest on the national website for the cadet force they are trying to contact:
Applicants must be over 18 and have a sense of fun and enthusiasm.
Applicants will need to pass a DBS check (previously CRB check) to be accepted, as per the Ministry of Defence Cadet Forces Safeguarding Framework.