The Isle of Man Army Cadet Force was originally formed in 1940 during the dark days of WW2. Since that time it has grown in stature and ability. There are currently 6 detachments based around the island at the following locations: Douglas, Onchan, Ramsey, Peel, Port Erin and Castletown. In total we have over 100 cadets with a healthy ratio of males to females and over 20 qualified adult staff - although we are always looking for more willing volunteers (no previous military experience necessary!).
Joining is simple – just contact us for details of your local detachment, pop along and see what we do. There’s a short membership form to fill in and that’s it, simple as that. A uniform is loaned to you free of charge, even socks –we just expect you to return it all when your membership ends - so all you need to buy is your boots. There isn’t even a charge for attendance on training nights unless you are visiting an external activity – such as Hot Rocks, Laser Blast etc. We hold weekend camps nearly every month and 2 off-island camps a year (Easter & Summer). The weekend camps do incur a small charge, normally less than £20 and the fortnight long summer camps, which may include kayaking, mountain biking, shooting, and trips to places like Alton Towers cost less than £100...and that includes transport and accommodation!
Apart from the adventurous and challenging side of the ACF, we also offer cadets and adults alike the opportunity to gain formal educational qualifications such as BTEC diplomas and even degree-standard training. All in all, there's something for everyone and we guarantee you'll have a lot of fun in the process.