Fun, friendship, action and adventure. Personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
The Army Cadets are organised into 55 county groupings. Several detatchments are affiliated to The RLC, wear the cap badge and are supported by Regular RLC units.
The Cadet Forces
The Army Cadet Force (ACF)
The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has nearly 40,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. When it comes to fun, friendship, action and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.
Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.
OK, so you might end up a little wet and muddy, but wouldn’t you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room? Find out more about what you could do as a cadet, plus check out some of the videos and complete our online form to register as a cadet.
To join us you need to be aged over 12* and under 18 (*aged 12 by 1 September at the start of year 8 in school or equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland).
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
There are CCF contingents in over 400 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections.
CCF units in schools give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.
Each CCF is formed of sections from one or more of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or the Royal Air Force.