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Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders Battalion Army Cadets

Home to almost 500 cadets and 110 adult volunteers in 32 detachments. Check the map below for full details of your nearest detachment

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Battalion HQ Staff

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Col John Tonner Battalion Commandant

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Lt Col Henry Canavan Deputy Commandant East

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Lt Col Robert Lockhart Deputy Commandant West


Major Ali McGonigle Cadet Executive Officer


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Major Christina Deans Battalion Training Officer

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Captain Stevenson Assistant Battalion Training Officer


RSMI C Smith Regimental Sergeant Major

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Training Centre Locations

Arrochar Cadet Training Centre G83 7AA


Lochgilphead CTC PA31 8RA


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Battalion Companies

Stirling - Falkirk - Clackmannan


A Stirling Company

A (Stirling) Company is based in Stirling, Central Scotland and covers the Stirling Council area comprising of 4 detachments based in Bannockburn, Callander, Dunblane & Stirling,


Bannockburn - Wednesday evenings between 19:00 and 21:00 at Bannockburn High School.

Detachment Commander: Capt Richard Tweedie

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Callander -Tuesday evenings between 19:00 and 21:00 at Callander Kirk, South Church Street.

Detachment Commander: SSI Alan Robbins

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Dunblane -Wednesday evenings between 19:00 and 21:00 at Queen Victoria School.

Detachment Commander: SMI Vikki Paul

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Stirling - Thursday evenings between 19:00 and 21:00 at Stirling Army Reserve Centre.

Detachment Commander: 2Lt Joseph Ash

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Major Claire Luti Company Commander

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Captain Richard Tweedie Company 2IC

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SMI Alex Young Company Sergeant Major


B Falkirk Company

B (Falkirk) Company is based in and around Falkirk, Central Scotland and have 6 detachments based in Bo-ness, Grangemouth, Falkirk, Camelon, Denny and Larbert.

Detachment Commanders are:

Bo'ness – SSI David Naismith

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Grangemouth – SSI Darren Meaney

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Falkirk – SI Nick Middleton

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Camelon – SI Nick Middleton


Denny – SI Nick Middleton

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Larbert – SI Iain Underhill

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Detachments train on a variety of weekday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00.

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Major Ian Banyard Company Commander

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Captain Barry Stevenson Company 2IC

Vacant Company Sergeant Major

C Clackmannan Company

C (Clackmannan) Company, is based in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland andd have 4 detachments based in Alloa, Alva, Tillicoultry & Tullibody,

Detachment Commanders are:

Alloa - Captain Jim Brown

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Alva - SSI Niomi Miller

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Tillicoultry - SMI Lorna McFarlane

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Tullibody - SI Zoe Green

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All detachments train on various evenings from 19:00 to 21:00 with 4 to 5 Company training weekends every year.

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Major Shirley Blair Company Commander

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SMI Lorna McFarlane Company Sergeant Major

Battalion Companies

Argyll - Dumbarton West - F Squadron


D Argyll Company

D (Argyll) Company covers the Argyll & Bute Council area in the West coast of Scotland and Islands comprising of 7 detachments based in Lochgilphead (CTC), Oban, Dunoon, Tarbert, Mull , Islay & Campbeltown.

Detachment Commanders are:

Lochgilphead - SSI Martin Wilson

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Oban - SI Kirsty Kennedy

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Dunoon - SSI Fiona Nicholson

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Tarbert - SSI Martin Wilson

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Mull - SSI Sarah Braid

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Campbeltown - SSI David Hope

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Major David Sinclair Company Commander

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2nd Lt Alistair Kenny Company 2IC

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SMI Frank Frew Company Sergeant Major


E Dumbarton West Company

E (Dumbarton West) Company Comprising of 7 detachments based in Arrochar, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Garelochead, Helensburgh, Milngavie & Vale of Leven.

Detachment Commanders are:

Helensburgh: SI Hannah Riding

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Garelochead: SSI Colin Harrison

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Clydebank: SI Denise McGregor

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Milngavie: AUO Gerry Jamieson

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Dumbarton: 2Lt William East

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Vale of Leven: 2Lt William East

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Captain Fay Whay Company Commander

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Captain Michael Puxley Company 2IC

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SMI Tim Stratford Company Sergeant Major

F Dumbarton East Squadron

F (Dumbarton East) Squadron, commonly known as “F Squadron” are based in and around East Dunbartonshire & North Lanarkshire and they wear the Royal Tank Regiment head dress. Comprising of 5 detachments that are based in Bishopbriggs, Cumbernauld, Condorrat, Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth.

Detachment Commanders are:

Bishopbriggs (Wednesday): SSI Rebecca Paul

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Cumbernauld (Thursday): SSI Blair Sim

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Kirkintilloch (Wednesday): SSI Susan Carr

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Kilsyth (Thursday): SMI Gordon Smith

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Detachments train from 19:00 to 21:00

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Major Derek Smith Company Commander


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Pipe Major McLellan Detachment

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Pipes & Drums

Think of piping and drumming and thoughts of Scotland immediately come to mind.

By entering the Army Cadets Piping and Drumming structured learning programme you can earn a Cadet Proficiency Certificate, gain Army Cadets Star levels, study for the BTEC First Diploma in Music and attain the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board / Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Certificates in Piping, Pipe Band Drumming and Bass & Tenor Drumming. The various Army Cadet Battalions and Counties conduct weekly training however at a national level, piping and drumming tuition takes place over five weekends during the winter and two week long courses held throughout the year. The main event in the calendar is the Easter Concentration which is normally held at Cameron Barracks in Inverness. There, the Cadet pipers and drummers gather together for an intense week of practise and tuition, culminating in a parade through Dingwall and a concert for charity in Inverness, attracting crowds of up to 2,000 at each event.

The training events provide a glorious opportunity for cadets from all over Scotland to see and meet new friends.

But the real fun starts when participating in the many public performances and events conducted at Battalion and National level and you will also have the opportunity to travel overseas with the Pipes and Drums taking part in events such as the Basel Christmas Tattoo in Switzerland and the Nanchang International Military tattoo in China.

Why not test your skills against your fellow Cadet by entering the annual Piping and Drumming competition which is held in October at the end of the training camp. Many great prizes can be won.

Piping and Drumming has a great track record in seeing its cadets continue their interest in bands after they leave - a testament to the high standards of training and support received within the cadets. Piping and drumming is available to both Cadets and Adult Instructors within the Army Cadets.

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Whatever your standard or choice of instrument, you are welcome to join, and once you reach a reasonable level, you will be able to take part in your band's busy schedule of engagements both in Britain and abroad.

But it's not just camaraderie and a well-stamped passport that you can gain. By following a structured syllabus, you can now gain the BTEC First Diploma in Music, equivalent to four GCSE at A*-C or four Scottish Standard Grades.

Twice a year, all ACF bands gather for a ‘Concentration', a week-long music camp in which over 500 cadets at all levels play and learn together, culminating in a series of examinations and performances in one of the largest musical ensembles in the country. Bands are also in demand for military tattoos and parades all year round, with the Malta Tattoo one of the highlights.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is one of the world's most popular development programmes for young people aged 14-25

The Award includes four categories of highly practical, cultural and adventurous activities. Most of these are cross-related with the ACF activities our cadets already do within the APC Syllabus. So whilst you're training for first aid, drill, target shooting and expeditions, you could also be working towards your DofE Award. The Awards are well regarded and recognised by universities and employers.

There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each level you need to complete four sections: Volunteering; Physical; Skills; and Expedition. To achieve a Gold Award, you also have to complete a Residential section.


Battalion Representative


Mr Iain Robertson Battalion D of E Officer


What does CVQO do?

Put simply, we recognise the skills young people and adult instructors practice every day in organisations such as the MOD Cadet Forces (think Army Cadet Force,and accredit them with vocational qualifications.

These are typically focused on areas such as public services, adventurous training, music, teamwork, leadership and management.

These qualifications, accredited by Pearson BTEC, ILM and City & Guilds can be used to boost CVs, gain places in higher education or secure employment.

The best thing about our qualifications is that they are more often than not delivered at no cost to the learner. And where there is a registration fee, it’s generally heavily subsidised and much more affordable than studying directly.

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A & SH Bn ACF Contact Details

Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders Battalion ACF
Hartfield House
Bonhill Road
G82 2DG