About Our County

Dorset Army Cadet Force (ACF) is part of a national youth organisation aimed at inspiring young people to achieve both physically and mentally whilst developing self-confidence, teamwork and leadership.

Cadets can be aged between 12 and 18 and have the opportunity to take part in numerous activities, including First Aid training (which leads to nationally-recognised awards), DofE (The Duke of Edinburgh's Award), BTEC Certificate in Public Services (equivalent to 4 GCSE A* grades), not to mention the military skills and adventurous training.

The County Headquarters and Weekend Training Centre are based in the County Town of Dorchester. Weekend training also takes place at both Blandford (Royal Signals) Camp and Bovington (Armour Centre) Training Areas, amongst others.

Dorset ACF has 23 detachments, including 3 in The Channel Islands, over 607 cadets, 120 Adult Volunteers and 8 members of permanent staff.

The Detachments on the mainland are split between four Companies, namely

These are sponsored by Regular Army units: