The East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) is widely recognised as the most valuable, knowledgeable and authoritative body in support of Reserve Forces and cadet organisations in East Anglia.

East Anglia RFCA is a public organisation, set up by statute as a Central government body with Crown Status to be an enduring custodian for the well-being of the Reserves and Cadets.

RFCAs are not part of the Armed Forces but are required to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council and the military of all three services at any level. 

One of 13 RFCAs across the UK, East Anglia RFCA delivers essential support across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and the Unitary Authorities of Luton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

The Association has a broad base of volunteer members drawn from former officers of all three services and cadet forces, representatives from local authorities, local business communities, trade unions and industry. 

Our Annual Report 2020-21 includes useful information about the previous year and a summary of accounts. Earlier annual reports are stored here.

View of Springfield Tyrells Headquarters of the East Anglia RFCA

East Anglia RFCA in 2017

From our Association Headquarters in Chelmsford, Essex, East Anglia RFCA achieves the following goals with a core team of dedicated staff:


Estates and Supplies

East Anglia RFCA is responsible for maintaining safe and compliant buildings for Reserves Forces and Cadets.

This includes the upkeep of two hundred Reserve Forces and Cadets sites across the region, the acquisition and disposal of land and buildings for the Reserve and Cadet Forces,  and adapting homes for injured servicemen and women. Learn more on the Estates Page

As well as looking after the day-to-day running of our sites, from waste disposal to utilities, the Supplies team assists the Business Development Manager to manage the commercial hiring of our estates. 



East Anglia RFCA nurtures enduring networks with employers and local authorities, promoting the Armed Forces Covenant and improving understanding of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ contribution to the nation and our area.

For more information visit the Employers page and Community Covenants page


Cadets and Youth

East Anglia RFCA selects and manages the permanent staff that administer the Army Cadets. From each Army Cadets county headquarters, the teams recruit adults instructors and cadets, manage the stores and funding, develop and promote the adult instructors, generate local publicity and links in their communities. 

In support of the government’s aim to increase the number of young people able to access the cadet experience, East Anglia RFCA helps schools to apply for a cadet unit under the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP)

In addition to raising awareness of the positive contribution of  Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and Army Cadets in the region, East Anglia RFCA provides regional support for the recruitment of Army Cadets volunteer instructors with funding sourced from the Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA).