20 January 2017
HM The Queen has approved an historic new commission for Cadet Force volunteers.
The new commission will be introduced for adult volunteer officers in the Army Cadet Force, Combined Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets and Sea Cadets from April.
Her Majesty has approved in principle the adoption of a single bespoke commission for officers of the cadet forces of the United Kingdom – the first of its kind created for 155 years* – to recognise the immense contribution made by volunteer staff as leaders of national uniformed youth organisations sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.
Current ACF officers will be invited to transfer to the new commission in due course and all volunteers will receive a regular newsletter from Cadets Branch to keep them informed about the introduction of the Cadet Forces Commission.
*The Commissioning Act of 11th April 1862 was the last time a commission was created. All UK Armed Forces commissions appear to date back to that point. Source: DRFC.