Northern Ireland radio campaign

Army Cadet Force – Become a Cadet

Aged 12-17?

Looking for something exciting to do in your spare time?

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has almost 1800 cadets in 80 detachments all across Northern Ireland and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. When it comes to action, excitement and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.

Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.

OK, so you might end up a little wet and muddy, but wouldn’t you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?

To find out more, explore our website, check out some of the videos and complete our simple online form.

Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer

Aged 18 or over?

Want to lead, inspire and help the young people in your local area?

Looking for something exciting to do in your spare time?

Then being an adult volunteer instructor with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) could be an exciting option for you.

You may have heard our radio campaign. If so you’ll know that the ACF wants to recruit more volunteers (men and women) to help deliver exciting, challenging, educational and adventurous activities to the young people in the Northern Ireland.

The Army Cadets has almost 1800 cadets (aged 12-18) in over 80 detachments across Northern Ireland. By joining the Army Cadets, one of Province's largest voluntary youth organisations, you’ll be helping to give boys and girls, of all abilities and backgrounds, the kind of challenging activities that help them to develop mentally, physically and socially.

When you speak to our adult volunteers they’ll tell you they do it because they love it. As an adult, joining the Army Cadets is a great way to meet like-minded people and to have fun and, in return for your time and effort, we will give you the chance to learn new skills, gain new qualifications and help develop your leadership potential.

If you can spare one or two evenings a week, the odd weekend and would love the opportunity to assist in the development of young people, this could be the challenge you’re looking for!

No experience is required, as we provide full training.

Who we're looking for

There’s no set profile for an ACF adult volunteer and you don’t have to have any military experience. Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. What’s important is that you have an interest in working with young people and helping them progress towards responsible adulthood.

Some questions you might have about us

Is the Army Cadet Force part of the Army? No. The ACF is a national, voluntary youth organisation that is sponsored by the Army but not part of it. No member of the ACF, either cadet or adult, is liable for military call-up.

Do I need previous military experience? No, you do not, although we certainly welcome those that do. We will provide you with all the training you need. Whatever skills you have, you will be welcomed by the ACF.

How old do I have to be to join as an adult volunteer? If you are aged between 18 and 55 then you can join as an adult.

What activities will I be involved in? This depends on your role in the ACF, but activities include sports, first aid, camping, music, competitive shooting, drill, Fieldcraft, abseiling, trekking and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

How much time do I have to devote to the ACF? Most detachments meet two evenings a week and there are also occasional weekend activities which you can get involved in. Beyond that it is up to you how much time you want to give. Help is always welcomed on the annual camps (one or two weeks during the school summer holidays) and many consider this the highlight of the ACF year.

We fully understand that all kinds of other commitments, such as family and work, can affect people's availability, so even if you can't commit to two evenings a week, we would still love to hear from you.

What now?

We encourage you to contact us today by using our contact form. Your nearest ACF detachment will then be in touch with you for an informal chat. Alternatively, to find an ACF detachment near you, simply click on the ‘find a detachment link’ below and enter your post code.

We look forward to hearing from you. We look forward to you joining us.

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