For action and adventure, fun and friendship, Durham Army Cadet Force is hard to beat. With over 700 cadets (aged 12-18) and 200 adults in over 30 locations in every corner of County Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead, the ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest tracing its history back to 1859.
Many young people are missing out on the challenges and adventures that could transform their lives but joining the Army Cadets can change that. We welcome boys and girls (aged over 12 and in at least year eight at school) of all abilities and backgrounds. When they join us we encourage them to learn more, do more and try more. We inspire them to aim high and pursue their goals, no matter what they aim to do in life.
Some of our activities have a military theme, others have more of a community focus but they all inspire young people to challenge their limits, become more independent, confident and able to step up to any challenge.
We also have a world renowned Band for those more musically oriented. If you already play a musical instrument or are interested in learning then get in touch. The Band parades at our Chester-le-Street detachment.
To find your nearest Detachment click on our location map further down the page.