Benefits of Volunteering
The ACF provides volunteering opportunities as instructors, mentors and helpers for our 46,000 cadets
If you're interested in volunteering with the Army Cadet Force, fill out our online enquiry form and we will arrange for you to come in and meet us and find out more.
Gain new skills, practical training and valuable experience. You do not need a military background and we will provide all the training you require.
For many adults, volunteering with the ACF can be an excellent way of gaining new skills or developing talents and knowledge that you already have. Working alongside other adults at your detachment, you will develop teamwork and leadership skills in a whole new environment. Sometimes this can even lead to a career change or a promotion. Simply by helping run cadet activities, you can earn yourself a range of respected vocational qualifications, of real value in today's workplace.
You will have a chance to try out all the activities on offer to cadets and may choose to specialise in a particular area. Much of our training in specialist subjects can lead to fully-accredited qualifications through organisations like St John Ambulance, the British Canoe Union, Mountain Leader Training England, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the National Rifle Association and the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
There is even a special ACF adult volunteer voucher book offering you discounts on a wide range of products including holidays, insurance and clothing.
For most people volunteering is about 'giving something back', socialising and making new friends, or getting to know the local community. Others enjoy feeling like a valued member of a team, finding a worthwhile hobby that gives them quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle, or knowing they are making a difference to the lives of young people.
A recent survey of cadet force adult volunteers gave some interesting results:
99.7% said volunteering had improved their ability to help develop young people
98.8% said it had improved their ability to help others
91.9% said it was important in making them feel part of the community
86.7% said it helped them develop interpersonal skills
86% said it helped them develop organisational skills
84% feel it has given them better job prospects.
But as any one of our 8,500 adults will tell you, it is watching the cadets grow and develop, and knowing that you have helped them along the way, which is the most rewarding part of being in the ACF.
If you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something productive and exciting with your free time, this could be exactly what you are looking for. Why not give it a try? What are you waiting for?
Find out more about Becoming an Army Cadet Force adult volunteer in our online brochure.