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As one of the UK's oldest, largest and most successful youth organisations, we have a long and proud history of preparing youngsters for all walks of life and encouraging an active involvement in local communities. We have around 46,000 cadets and 8,500 adult volunteers in over 1,700 locations spread across the UK.

The ACF is not a recruiting ground for the Armed Forces but seeks to promote a sense of understanding of what the Armed Forces' roles and responsibilities are. Cadets are aged 12-18 years and follow a military and non-military based progressive training syllabus in subjects such as:

  • skill-at-arms
  • map and compass skills
  • fieldcraft
  • community projects
  • first aid
  • adventurous training
  • shooting

To help its cadets be good citizens the cadet force aims to develop skills such as:

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • confidence
  • self-reliance
  • respect

What we do

Cadets of all abilities and backgrounds that are able to access the majority of our activities are welcomed. We develop young people physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership through a wide diversity of fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities. We also aim to develop a sense of community in our cadets.

We are also a gateway to recognised vocational qualifications from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to BTEC First Diplomas which can help in working and school life.

Adult volunteers

Being over 18 doesn't mean you miss out on all the fun. Without our adult volunteers, there would be no cadet force. They come from all walks of life and varied backgrounds. Previous military experience is not a pre-requisite as full training is provided.

There is no reserve commitment for either cadets or adult volunteers, so there is no chance of being sent on operations. Adult volunteers, like Cadets, are free to leave the organisation at any time.

Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park

The national Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Frimley Park in Surrey trains adult volunteers in the Army Cadet Force and the schools-based Combined Cadet Force (Army).

CTC Frimley Park

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