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Army Cadet Force

The Army Cadet Force is one of the country’s oldest, largest and most successful youth organisations. It develops young people between 12 and 18 year old physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership.

Cadets experience a wide variety of well organised, enjoyable and challenging activities in a safely managed environment. These activities allow cadets to develop a sense of responsibility and service to the community, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.

In undertaking these activities cadets can also gain additional nationally recognised educational and vocational qualifications. It is the military themed elements that set the cadets apart from other youth organisations.

Northern Ireland is home to over 2000 Army Cadets, serving in detachments administered by two ACF Battalions. 1000 more serve in Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingents across our region.