About us

Welcome to 2nd (Northern Ireland) Battalion Army Cadet Force.

We are the largest Battalion in Northern Ireland, with approximately 900 cadets on strength (approx. one third are female) along with 170 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

The Battalion comprises of 4 Companies - E, F, G and H, each averaging 10 Detachments located throughout their catchment area.

The aim of the Army Cadet Force is to inspire young people aged between 12 (and in Year 9 at school) and 18 years of age 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 and a sense of being part of of the ACF family and their local community.

The cadets parade one evening per week during school term time, and will have the opportunity to spend at least four weekends away at our purpose built Cadet Training Centre in Ballykinler, which cost as little as £10 for the entire weekend. All equipment and clothing required to be an Army Cadet is provided free of charge, with 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 and will eventually progress through 1 to 4 Star as they develop their skills and expertise. 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 much coveted appointment of Master Cadet.

As part of their training, cadets will take part in many activities including Drill, Shooting, Fieldcraft, Skill at Arms, Navigation, Duke of Edinburgh Award and First Aid. They can even opt to be a Musician in our pipe band or gain recognised qualifications through BTEC, St John’s Ambulance, British Red Cross and CVQO. Cadets also have the opportunity to train and compete in many sporting activities such as football, rugby, swimming 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 attend further advanced courses and expeditions which are heavily subsidised 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 Camp in Northern Ireland or a two week Summer Camp on the UK mainland, these cost as little as £40, which includes transport, accommodation, feeding and day trips. 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 to places such as Canada and South Africa.

There really is an endless list of opportunities for Army Cadets, but the question is.... Can anyone really afford to miss out on all these opportunities that we have to offer you? Why not come along and see what you’re missing!

"Second Battalion, Second to None"