Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has had links with the Army Cadet Force since its inception in 1956. The Army Cadet Force Association is now one of the largest providers of the DofE to its young people aged 14-25 in the UK.

There are currently approximately 1,600 cadets and CFAVs who are awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE through the ACFA each year, and more and more individuals are now taking up the challenge of the Award through their detachments.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to everyone who fits within the age constraints, and is a fun, challenging and exciting programme to be a part of. At present, there are almost 300,000 young people undertaking their DofE in the UK with our cadets gaining a worldwide recognised certificate which is highly valued by employers and education establishments. There are three levels to the Award, which are available to cadets:

Bronze (14+ years old)

Silver (15+ years old)

Gold (16+ years old)

DofE Participants can undertake their volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and residential sections by counting a large amount of the activities which they are already undertaking within the ACF or through any other hobbies and interests they may have outside cadets. There are many exciting activities cadets can undertake during their time in the Army Cadet Force which can also be part or fully counted towards their DofE such as skill at arms and marksmanship, adventurous training courses, physical training sessions at your detachment or expeditions to places like Snowdonia, Dartmoor, Bavaria or Norway.

If you are a cadet or CFAV aged 14-24 and interested in undertaking your DofE, please speak with your County/Battalion/Contingent DofE Officer.

If you are interested in supporting cadet activities such as Cadet DofE Expeditions you might consider a regular donation to ACFA.