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 Award. Around 2,000 cadets and adult volunteers 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.Completing the Award gives young people an internationally recognised certificate which is highly valued by employers and educational establishments.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to everyone and is a fun,challenging and exciting programme to be a part of. Cadets can register for the Bronze Award once they are in the school year in which they will turn 14. They will then plan to complete activities in the following categories:

Bronze (14+ years old)

Once a cadet has completed the Bronze Award they can move straight to Silver, or if they choose not to do Bronze they can start Silver once they are in the school year in which they will turn 15.

Silver (15+ years old)

Cadets have to be 16 to start the Gold Award, and they have until their 25th birthday to complete it. This means that ACF adult volunteers can also continue - or event start - their Gold Award with us! Those who complete the Gold Award are invited to one of the Royal Palaces to be presented with their Award, usually by HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Gold (16+ years old)

Army cadets who are working towards their DofE find that many of the activities which they are already undertaking within the ACF can also count towards one of the sections of their Award. Equally, cadets can use other hobbies and interests they may have outside the ACF towards their Award.

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

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