The Army Cadet Force prepares young people for a wide variety of careers through developing discipline, confidence and inspiring them with their own potential. Whilst the ACF doesn't just benefit those who go on to military careers, those who do so begin with an especially great advantage.
Sgt Harriet Bowen joined the ACF as a 12 year old in 2001, at Haddenham and then Ely Detachments. She said; ‘I didn’t know what to expect when I joined, but I benefited from the discipline and structure, we had to achieve through hard work, we weren’t spoon fed. I had to work for my rank, and it made me proud.’ By the time she left at the age of 18, she was a Cdt Colour Sergeant. Whilst a cadet, she travelled around the country, becoming part of the County Shooting and First Aid Teams. She took part in adventurous training, and gained considerable experience of leadership, growing in confidence all the while.