About Our County

Welcome to the website of Northumbria Army Cadet Force (ACF). The ACF is one of the UK's oldest, largest and most successful youth organisations. Sponsored by the Ministry of Defence it has a long and proud history of preparing young people to achieve the most out of their lives. Boys and and girls aged between 12 and 18 are eligible to join. They participate in a varied programme of military training which includes map reading and shooting, sport and adventurous activities including the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme. They have the opportunity for travel both within the UK and overseas and can earn vocational qualifications.

The ACF is dependent upon adults volunteering to give their time to help with the training and administration of our cadets. No previous experience is required as full training will be given. We do though particularly welcome individuals who have served in either the regular armed forces or the reserves. You can join as either an Officer or uniformed cadet forces adult volunteer from the age of 18 years. Anyone who does not wish to serve in uniform or is above age 65 can elect to join as a Civilian Assistant. Service as an adult volunteer will equip you with new skills and if you choose to can be recognised through the award of qualifications in youth leadership at up to Masters level.

Whether you are considering joining as a cadet or an adult volunteer, Northumbria ACF has a great deal to offer and I encourage you to either visit your local detachment or contact County Headquarters for more information.