Major Ryalls Appointed as Officer Commanding Kent Army Cadet Force Squadron Royal Engineers (Kent ACF Sqdn RE)

24 September 2020

Major Ryalls from Swale has recently been appointed as Officer Commanding, Kent ACF Squadron Royal Engineers for the Kent Army Cadet Force. The Squadron covers North Kent and the Medway Towns and has 40 staff and 135 cadets.

Detachments include:

  • Dartford
  • Gillingham
  • Gravesend
  • Rochester
  • Sheerness
  • Strood
  • Swanley
  • Walderslade; and
  • Woodlands

The role of Officer Commanding is to assist the Commandant with the running of the Squadron effectively and safely and within budget. Other aspects of the role include managing staff training and development, appointing suitably qualified adult instructors and officers and ensuring that an appropriate balance is maintained between military, adventurous and citizenship training.

Major Ryalls joined the ACF in 2012 and served as an instructor and then as a Detachment Commander at Faversham Detachment in A Coy, before moving to become the Staff Officer for Kent ACF RE Squadron in 2017.

Colonel Richard Long TD, Commandant Kent ACF said:

“I am delighted that Major Ryalls has been appointed as OC Kent ACF Squadron RE, he will work closely with me to ensure the smooth and safe running of all of our activities across the detachments under his charge at a senior management level.

He will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and common-sense to the team – a great asset for the county.”


Major Ryalls said:

“I’m delighted to have been given the privilege of leading Kent ACF Squadron RE, upholding its strong traditions and building on all that Major Bloor has done to inspire our cadets to achieve. I’m excited about getting stuck in as we continue to meet online and prepare for returning to face-to-face cadet activities as soon as we can.

I’m looking forward to working openly and positively with all our cadets and adult volunteers, providing opportunities and life skills to young people to enable them to be and do their best in the Army Cadet Force and setting them up for lifelong success”.

We welcome enquiries from any adults who are interested in finding out more about uniformed or non-uniformed service in the ACF as well as young people aged 12 to 18 who are interested in joining across the county.