Becoming an Army Cadet
If you want to become an Army Cadet find you nearest detachment by looking at all the cadet detachments under 'A Company Detachments'. Once you have found your nearest detachment find out what nights they parade and turn up to any of them. When you arrive ask to speak to the Detachment Commander.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When can you join the Army Cadet Force?
You can join the army cadets if you are aged from 12 to 18 years and 9 months.
Where do I get the uniform from?
The uniform is loaned free of charge, but must be returned when you leave the Army Cadets. You will need to buy a pair of boots, as these are NOT provided. Your detachment will be able to advise you where to get these from.
How long do you have to stay in the Army Cadets for?
You stay as long as you want up to the age of 18, and then you can become an adult instructor. If the army cadets isn't for you, all you do is hand back the uniform and leave.
If you are in the cadets do you have to join the Army?
The ACF is sponsored by the Army and uses much of their equipment and facilities, but there is absolutely no obligation to join any of the armed services at any time.
Does the Army Cadets help if you want to join the Army?
The ACF follow much of the military training syllabus which will give you a great advantage over those new soldiers that have not had any cadet experience, if you do join the army. Many cadets who do join the army qualify from training as the best recruits as they already have a good grounding in military skills before they start their training.
Does the Army Cadets provide the Duke of Edinburgh's award?
Yes. The Army Cadet Force is the second largest operator of the 'D of E' Award Scheme in the UK and all the elements of the award can be completed as part of your normal ACF activities.
Can you gain any qualifications through the Army Cadets?
As an Army Cadet you can work towards a BTEC in Public Services as part of your normal ACF activities. This is a nationally recognised qualification which is equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A* to C.
Can anyone join the ACF if they are the right age?
Both males and females can join the ACF from all backgrounds, children with disabilities, depending on individual circumstances and medical assessment may also be accommodated for.
How much does it cost to join the ACF?
There is a £25.00 joining fee to cover the cost of insurance and other administrational costs. Some detachments charge slightly more, but no more than £35.