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Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders Battalion Army Cadets

Home to almost 600 cadets and 110 adult volunteers in 32 detachments. Check the map below for full details of your nearest detachment

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Col John Tonner Battalion Commandant

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Lt Col Henry Canavan Deput Commandant East

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Lt Col Robert Lockhart Deput Commandant West

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Major Ian Ludlow Cadet Executive Officer

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RSMI Stephen Edmunds Regimental Sergeant Major

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Captain Christina Deans Battalion Training Officer

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CSMI Craig Smith Assistant Battalion Training Officer

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Battalion Companies

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A Stirling Company

A (Stirling) Company is based in Stirling, Central Scotland and covers the Stirling Council area. They wear the Royal Regiment of Scotland head dress with the 5 SCOTS (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) green hackle. Comprising of 4 detachments based in Bannockburn, Callander, Dunblane & Stirling the Company regularly turns out 60 to 100 cadets with adult instructors.

Detachment Commanders are:

Bannockburn - SI Fran Clarke

Callander - SSI Alex Young

Dunblane - SMI V Paul

Stirling - Captain Richard Tweedie

The Company work closely with the local community and Stirling Council supporting a variety of local events, including Remembrance Day Parades, High School Outreach and Challenge Days, home coming parades and various other charity events.

Detachment info:

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

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

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

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


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B Falkirk Company

B (Falkirk) Company is based in and around Falkirk, Central Scotland and they wear the Royal Regiment of Scotland head dress with the 5 SCOTS (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) green hackle. Comprising of 6 detachments based in Bo-ness, Grangemouth, Falkirk, Camelon, Denny and Larbert, the Company regularly turns out 60 to 90 cadets with 15 adult instructors.

Detachment Commanders are:

Bo'ness – SSI Naismith

Grangemouth – SI Meaney

Falkirk –Lt Stevenson

Camelon – SI Middleton

Denny – SSI Smith

Larbert – SI Underhill

Detachments train on a variety of weekday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00 (see detachments for full details) with 4 to 5 Company training weekends every year.

The Company work closely with the local community, Army benevolent Fund and Red Cross supporting a variety of local events, including Remembrance Day Parades, home coming parades and various other charity events.

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Major Ian Banyard Company Commander

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C Clackmannan Company

C (Clackmannan) Company, commonly known as “Clackmannan Company” is based in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland and they wear the Royal Regiment of Scotland head dress with the 5 SCOTS (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) green hackle. . Comprising of 4 detachments based in Alloa, Alva, Tillicoultry & Tullibody the Company regularly turns out 40 to 60 cadets with over 15 adult instructors.

Detachment Commanders are:

Alloa - Captain Jim Brown

Alva - SI Niomi Miller

Tillicoultry - SSI Lorna McFarlane

Tullibody - SI Zoe Green

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

The Company work closely with the local community and Clackmannanshire Council supporting a variety of local events, including Remembrance Day Parades, High School Outreach and Challenge Days, home coming parades and various other charity events.

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D Argyll Company

D (Argyll) Company covers the Argyll & Bute Council area in the West coast of Scotland and Islands. They wear the Royal Regiment of Scotland head dress with the 5 SCOTS (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) green hackle. Comprising of 7 detachments based in Lochgilphead (CTC), Oban, Dunoon, Tarbert, Mull , Islay & Campbeltown. D Company is the most widespread geographically of all the A&SH ACF Companies.

Detachment Commanders are:

Lochgilphead - Vacant

Oban - PI Ferguson

Dunoon - SSI Grant

Tarbert - Vacant

Islay - Vacant

Mull - SSI Braid

Campbeltown - AUO A Kenny

The Company work closely with the local community and Council, supporting a variety of local events including Remembrance Day Parades, Armed Forces Day and local agricultural shows.

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E Dumbarton West Company

E (Dumbarton West) Company, commonly known as “Dunbarton West Company” is based in Dumbarton, Central Scotland and they wear the Royal Regiment of Scotland head dress with the 5 SCOTS (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) green hackle. . Comprising of 7 detachments based in Arrochar, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Garelochead, Helensburgh, Milngavie & Vale of Leven. The Company regularly turns out 90 to 120 cadets with adult instructors.

Detachment Commanders are:

Helensburgh: Lt Whay

Garelochead: SSI Stratford

Clydebank: SI McGregor

Milngavie: SI East

Dumbarton: SSI Stratford

Vale of Leven: SI East

Arrochar: Vacant

The Company work closely with the local community supporting a variety of local events, including Remembrance Day Parades, High School Outreach and Challenge Days, home coming parades and various other charity events.

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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. The Squadron regularly turns out between 90 to 120 cadets.

Detachment Commanders are:

Bishopbriggs (Wednesday): SI R Paul

Cumbernauld (Thursday): SSI Andy Carr

Condorrat (Wednesday): SSI Eastwood

Kirkintilloch (Wednesday): SI Susan Carr

Kilsyth (Thursday): SSI Craig Wordie

Detachments train from 19:00 to 21:00

Cadets will have the opportunity to attend 3 to 5 activity training weekends every year and our 2 week annual camp.

The Squadron work closely with the local community supporting a variety of local events, including Remembrance Day Parades, High School Outreach and Challenge Days, home coming parades and various other charity events.

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Major Derek Smith Company Commander

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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.

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CVQO

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
Dumbarton
G82 2DG