1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF continues to be one of the most successful Army Cadet Force units in the UK.
Our battalion covers the area's of North Belfast, Carrickfergus, Counties Antrim, Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh with numbers in and around 800 Cadets (approx. one third are female) along with 175 Officers and Adult Instructors.
The Battalion comprises of 4 Companies, each averaging 8 Detachments located throughout their company area, with Company Headquarters located in Omagh, Londonderry, Antrim and Belfast.
The aim of the Army Cadet Force is to inspire young people to achieve success in life and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen - whilst having loads of FUN! The type of training provided helps foster self - confidence, teamwork, leadership a sense of being part of their community and through our BTEC award which is worth up to 2 GCSE’s either in Public Services or Music, achieving these qualifications will hopefully assist our cadets in gaining employment.
The cadets parade one or two night per week, and will find that they have the opportunity to spend at least four weekends away at our purpose built Cadet Training Centre in Magilligan. All equipment and clothing is provided free of charge on a temporary loan - the only item of kit we ask the cadets to provide is a pair of boots.
When a new cadet joins they will start training at the Basic level. When the Basic syllabus is completed the cadet will then progress through the different training levels known as Star Levels from 1 Star to 4 Star and hopefully gaining the coveted appointment of Master Cadet.
As part of their training, cadets will take part in many activities including Drill, Target Shooting, Fieldcraft, Skill at Arms, Navigation, Duke of Edinburgh Award, First Aid and they can even opt to be a Musician in our Corps of Drums. Cadets also have the opportunity to train and compete in many sporting activities such as football, rugby, hockey, swimming, tug of war and orienteering at local and national level.
There is also adventure training which offers an exciting opportunity for cadets to push themselves a bit further by having a go at such things as mountain walking, canoeing, skiing, and rock climbing/abseiling, these are just some of the adventurous training activities undertaken by cadets and they can take them further with courses and expeditions at the Cadet Adventure Training Centre in Wales.
Each Year depending on their age, the cadets have the opportunity to take part at either a one week Easter residential camp in Northern Ireland or a two week summer camp on the UK mainland. Cadets can also take part in expeditions that can count towards their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and also have the opportunity to travel and take part in adventure training and exchange visits overseas.
The question is....
Can anyone really afford to miss out on all these opportunities that we have to offer you?