The Army Cadet Force aims to inspire young people between 12 and 18 years old to challenge their limits, grow their abilities and go further in life; we deliver this through the community-based Army Cadet Force and the school-based Combined Cadet Force.
In the Army’s Cadets we aim to inspire young people to develop themselves mentally and physically, to:
Across the Combined Cadet Force (Army) and Army Cadet Force, over 12000 Adult Volunteers and 80000 Cadets parade in 2000 different Schools, Cadet Huts and Community Centres around the United Kingdom, meet a few of the people involved below:
Cadets Branch is part of Regional Command Headquarters, the Army’s 2* headquarters for the United Kingdom, British Forces Germany, Nepal and Brunei. Based in Aldershot we are supported by ten independent regional Cadet teams located across the UK.
Joining the ACF made me a better person Owen Jones, 17 - Lincolnshire ACF
We develop young people of all abilities and backgrounds physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship, leadership and community spirit through a wide range of fun and exciting activities as well as recognised vocational qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and BTEC Diplomas.
Although we are not part of the recruiting process for the Armed Forces we do however promote an understanding of what the Armed Forces' roles and responsibilities are, and provide assistance to any cadet who expresses an interest in joining the Armed Forces later in life.
In the mid-19th century the idea of cadet units in schools was developed by Secretary of State for War, Jonathan Peel, as part of Queen Victoria’s review of the Volunteer units (forerunner of today’s Reserve Forces). 30 years later social reformer Octavia Hill formed London’s first Cadet Battalion.
The first cadet units in schools were formed and Volunteer units started to parade cadets.
Octavia Hill formed the Southwark Cadet Company, London’s first independent Cadet Battalion.
The title Cadet Force was introduced, administered by the newly named Territorial Army.
The cadet units in schools were officially restructured into The Combined Cadet Force.
The ACF celebrated its 100th anniversary with a review of the ACF and CCF at Buckingham Palace.
The Cadet movement celebrated its 150th anniversary; The Prince of Wales hosted celebrations.