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The first steps for your child in joining Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) ACF


For fun, friendship, action and adventure, join the Army Cadet Force

If your child is over 12 (and in year eight at school) and under 18, you can join the Army Cadet Force.

For action and adventure, fun and friendship, the Army Cadet Force is hard to beat. With 41,000 cadets (aged 12-18) and 9,500 adults in over 1,600 locations in every corner of the United Kingdom, 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.
We are fully aware that for some children this may be a daunting proposition. However, we will make the process of integration easier by gently easing them into their local detachments by allowing them to watch what we do and providing them with the opportunities to ask as many questions as they like.
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 of all abilities irrespective of race, religion, gender or background. 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.
The ACF gives children of all ages a sense of structure, self-discipline and above all else a real boost in confidence – something we see all the time. Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) ACF is particularly fortunate in that it has a charity in support of its cadets and the many activities it undertakes called the Friends of Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS) ACF - https://www.staffsacffriends.co.uk.

The Patron of the Trust is the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE, KSTJ and its President is the Vice Lord Lieutenant Mr Graham Stowe CBE, DL. The trust provides funding for a wide variety of items including AT equipment and small educational bursaries.
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.

Although the ACF are sponsored by the Ministry of Defence there is NO obligation on cadets to join the Armed Forces and we are NOT a recruitment tool for the Armed Forces. However, if a cadet wishes to join the Armed Forces then we will assist them with their ambitions.

How to get in contact with your local detachment

The first step is to locate your nearest detachment; the easiest way to do this is to go to Detachment locations. From here you will be able to identify your nearest detachment along with the full postal address including postcode. If you would like further information beforehand please contact our County Headquarters between 8am and 4pm Monday to Thursday on 01785 257804.

Alternatively if you are aware of the location of your local detachment go to our location map and check the parade time of the detachment and then feel free to come by and have a chat with our friendly volunteers in regards to your child’s enrolment.

Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF continues to be ever successful in attracting young people from within the County structure who have an interest in the Military way of life.

We are the largest ACF County in the Brigade, numbers are presently running at 900+ Cadets (approx one third are female) along with 160 Officers and Adult Instructors and can be rightly proud of our achievements to date. The County comprises 4 Companies, each averaging 9 Detachments located throughout the area, with Company Headquarters in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Stoke on Trent.

The Army Cadet Force is a Voluntary Youth Organisation. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and provides progressive and challenging military, adventurous and community activities for young people between the ages of 12 - 18.

Its aim is to inspire young people to achieve success in life, to push them to the limit. The type of training offered helps foster self - confidence, teamwork and leadership, all of which can be practically applied to everyday life.

The cadets parade two nights a week, and will find that they have the opportunity to spend at least one weekend a month at a training camp. All equipment and clothing is provided free of charge on a temporary loan - the only item of kit we ask you to provide is a pair of boots.

When a new recruit joins the cadets they will start initially with basic training. Upon completion the cadet will then progress through the training levels from one star to master cadet, ultimately leading to a BTEC award.

As part of their training, cadets will take part in many activities including Shooting, Fieldcraft, Skill at Arms, Map and Compass, First Aid, Drill and Survival Skills.

Cadets also have the opportunity to train and compete in many sporting activities such as football, rugby, swimming, and orienteering to mention a few.

Then there is adventure training which offers an exciting opportunity for Cadets to put into practice some of the skills they have developed whilst training at their local detachments. Mountain walking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing/Abseiling are amongst a number of adventurous training activities undertaken by Cadets from Staffordshire and West Midlands.

Each year Cadets have the opportunity to spend a week at summer camp where they can again take part in the adventurous activities mentioned above and many more sporting activities.

Cadets can also take part in expeditions that can count towards their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and also have the opportunity to travel and take part in adventure training overseas.

The ACF aims to inspire young people to achieve success in their life with a spirit of service to the Queen, their Country and their local community, and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen - whilst having loads of FUN.

In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force has been honoured as a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013. The Award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Can you really afford to miss out on all these opportunities and training that we can offer to you? Or are you interested in becoming one of our volunteer instructors?