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Army Cadet Force

Fun, Friendship, Action, Adventure

The Army Cadets 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.

Our Skills

In the Army Cadets we aim to inspire young people to develop themselves mentally and physically, to:

  • Challenging their limits
  • Grow their abilities and go further in life
  • Unlock their talents
  • Shape their own futures

Our People

Across the Army Cadets (Combined Cadet Force (Army) and Army Cadet Force), over 11000 Adult Volunteers and 65000 Cadets parade in 2000 different Schools, Cadet Huts and Community Centres around the United Kingdom, meet a few of the people involved below:  

Brigadier Matthew Lowe Deputy Commander Cadets
2nd Lieutenant Lowri Evans Adult Vounteer Glamorgan ACF
Cadet Corporal Owen Jones Lincolnshire ACF

Our Location

Cadets Branch - Regional Command Headquarters Aldershot Garrison

Cadets Branch is part of Regional Command Headquarters, the Army’s 2 Star 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.

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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.

  1. 1860

    The first cadet units in schools were formed and Volunteer units started to parade cadets.

  2. 1889

    Octavia Hill formed the Southwark Cadet Company, London’s first independent Cadet Battalion.

  3. 1908

    The title Cadet Force was introduced, administered by the newly named Territorial Army.

  4. 1948

    The cadet units in schools were officially restructured into The Combined Cadet Force.

  5. 1960

    The ACF celebrated its 100th anniversary with a review of the ACF and CCF at Buckingham Palace.

  6. 2010

    The Cadet movement celebrated its 150th anniversary; The Prince of Wales hosted celebrations.


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