Like the idea of inspiring and leading young people to achieve things they never thought possible?
With 41,000 cadets (aged 12-18) in over 1,600 locations in communities all around the UK, the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. We have thousands of enthusiastic and committed adult volunteers – and we are currently on the hunt for more in the Isle of Man.
No particular experience is required and we provide all necessary training. So if you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something different with your free time, while making a difference to the lives of young people, this could be exactly what you are looking for.
Build your experience, leadership skills and qualifications
Volunteering with the ACF can be an excellent way of gaining new skills or developing talents and knowledge that you already have. Working alongside other adults at your detachment, you will develop teamwork and leadership skills in a whole new environment. Sometimes this can even lead to a career change or a promotion. Simply by helping run cadet activities, you can earn yourself a range of respected vocational qualifications, of real value in today's workplace.
You will have a chance to try out all the activities on offer to cadets and may choose to specialise in a particular area. Much of our training in specialist subjects can lead to fully-accredited qualifications through organisations such as St John Ambulance, the British Canoe Union, Mountain Leader Training England, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the National Rifle Association and the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
Rewarding, challenging and fun
In a recent survey of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, 99.7% said volunteering had improved their ability to help develop young people, 86.7% said it helped them develop interpersonal skills and 84% felt it had given them better job prospects.
But as any one of our thousands of adults will tell you, it is watching the cadets grow and develop, and knowing that you have helped them along the way, which is the most rewarding part of being in the ACF.
If you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something productive and exciting with your free time, why not give it a try? What are you waiting for?
What to do next
Find a cadet detachment close to you.
Or make an enquiry about becoming an adult volunteer straight away.