The Army Cadet Force follows a structured syllabus of exciting and challenging adventurous and educational activities. Cadets and adults alike learn teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, respect and organisational skills – all qualities that any employer would wish to see in his or her employees.
Our cadets are often quite unlike your average teenager. They tend to be more confident, reliable, independent, considerate and purposeful.
A recent survey of cadets and adult volunteers found the following:
Cadet survey findings
97.9% of cadets said being in cadets had been important in giving them experience of teamwork
96.7% said it had been important in giving them experience of leadership
68% think it will help them get a job
91% agree that cadets has taught them to respect others
89.5% say it has given them a sense of community
94.7% know they have the personal power to make things happen in their lives
Adult volunteer survey results
98.8% say volunteering in the cadets has improved their ability to help others
87.5% say it has helped them develop leadership skills
86.7% say it has helped them develop interpersonal skills
86% say it has helped them develop organisational skills
97.9% agree that it had improved their self-confidence
97.4% say it has increased their team spirit
83.6% feel it has given them better job prospects due to the training and experience gained
55% of adult volunteers’ employers make no special allowances to assist them with their volunteering activities
Simply by engaging fully in their cadet activities, they also have the opportunity to gain a wide range of respected vocational qualifications, from the BTEC First Diploma in Public Services (equivalent to four GCSEs, grade A*-C) for cadets aged 16 or over, right up the City & Guilds Membership in Strategic Youth Management for the most experienced adult volunteers, which is equivalent to a Master’s Degree. Both our cadets and our volunteer adult leaders appreciate being able to demonstrate to employers and potential employers the true value of their hobby.