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Army Cadet Force

160 (Wales) Brigade has under command, three Army Cadet Force (ACF) Counties and seven Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingents comprising some 3,000 plus young people and adults.
Members are directly supported by the Brigade Headquarters located in Brecon, together with the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Wales based in Maindy Barracks in Cardiff.

HQ 160th Infantry Brigade and HQ Wales helps in the running of Combined Cadet Forces in six schools throughout Wales, together with 125 Army Cadet Force Detachments. The Brigade has a dedicated team of soldiers dedicated to cadet activities and all our Regular and Army Reserve units act as sponsors for local cadets.

Cadets undertake military style training via the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) syllabus which includes training in tactics, shooting, drill and map reading. Opportunities also exist to participate in adventurous and first aid training as well as community engagement. Whilst completing these activities cadets can enroll in Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), a recognized vocational qualification scheme that offers a Diploma in Public Services.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

CCF contingents are set up in both State and Independent schools. All run exciting weekly training programmes with lots of opportunities for adventure training, visits to foreign countries and chances to see the Armed Forces go about their daily affairs.

Although their training is Service based they belong to the school with the Head Teacher being the Commanding Officer. In most cases the Head Teacher will delegate the responsibility for the day to day running of the contingent to a Contingent Commander, this is usually a member of the school teaching staff.

The Army Cadet Force (ACF)

The ACF is a national voluntary youth organization located within the community that has a long and proud history of preparing young people from all backgrounds for life through the provision of a challenging, fun filled experience. The organisation promotes both self-respect and respect for others, it develops cadets physically and mentally with emphasis being placed on teamwork and friendship.

Adult Instructors

As well as new cadets, the Army Cadet Force require adults with the same spirit of adventure to provide the adult instructors needed to run the organisation. The ACF offers the same opportunities to adult staff that enroll, as well as providing a hugely rewarding experience and unquestionable service to local communities.

Previous military experience is not a pre-requisite as full training is provided and 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.

The ACF is a national voluntary youth organization that prepares young people for life through challenging, fun filled experiences.

The CCF provides an opportunity for responsibility and leadership