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Parents and Carers

Do you have a child interested in joining the Army Cadets?

The Army Cadets can offer a lot of exciting opportunities to young people from 12 and 17 years old, but we know that parents and carers will have questions about the Army cadets, what it does and the kind of activities our cadets take part in. If you are a parent or carer of a young person in the Army Cadets, or of one who is looking to join us, this section is for you.

The basics…

The Army Cadets is:

  • A national voluntary youth organisation sponsored and supported by the Army but not part of it – there is no requirement for cadets to join the Army when they leave.
  • Open to young people from 12 to 17 years old, and who are in at least year 8 at school in England and Wales, and year 9 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • A safe place for young people regardless of background to learn new skills, develop themselves and try activities they might not get the chance to elsewhere.

The Army Cadets does:

  • Challenge young people to learn more, do more and try more.
  • Offer a wide range of challenging, adventurous and educational activities designed to help young people to develop and thrive.
  • Give young people the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications and skills that they can take with them into further education or the workplace.

The activities

The ACF isn’t just about marching around the drill square. We offer cadets an exciting programme of activities and event over the course of the year. There is also the opportunity to embark on overseas exchanges, adventurous training, expeditions and sports competition, to name but a few of the options available. They might even want to learn a new musical instrument in one of our many bands.