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  • Cadets win places on South Africa adventure

    11 May 2018

    Two ACF cadets are off to South Africa after being named as finalists for the CVQO Westminster Award. After a tough few days in Somerset where candidates undertook a range of challenging activities, just 11 were...

  • 144 complete intense Exercise Cadet Cambrian Patrol

    30 April 2018

    Last weekend, 144 young people gathered in Wales to tackle one of the most intense experiences available to cadets.  In total, 18 teams of ACF and CCF cadets entered Exercise Cadet Cambrian Patrol 2018 and their...

  • Accounting apprenticeship opportunity

    25 April 2018

    An opportunity has arisen to take the first step towards a career in finance​ with an apprenticeship at the Combined Cadet Force and Army Cadet Force Associations (CCFA/ACFA).  The position is available from...

  • Berkshire cadet wins Champion Cadet 2018 competition

    10 April 2018

    Cdt RSM Robert Jackson, the Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major of The Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force, has won the 2018 National Champion Cadet competition held at the Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park. Cdt RSM...

  • Berkshire cadets take part in Norwegian winter skills training

    15 March 2018

    Thirty nine enthusiastic cadets and eleven adult volunteers from The Royal County of Berkshire ACF took part in a Norwegian exchange last month. The exchange, which is in its 26th year, saw the cadets travel to...

  • Cadets get public praise for incredible act of kindness

    19 February 2018

    A report in the Liverpool Echo (6 February) praised two Aigburth cadets for their incredible act of kindness towards an elderly man who fell and banged his head in the city centre. Dee Stafford, from Toxteth, was...

  • Nominate your inspirational cadets for The Diana Award

    29 January 2018

    Nominations for The Diana Award are being encouraged from the Army Cadet Force, to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes who may be changing lives through their cadet activities. The Diana Award is a charity legacy to...

  • Cadets encouraged to apply for Network Rail apprenticeships

    18 January 2018

    Applications are now being taken for the Network Rail September 2018 advanced engineering apprentice scheme, and the organisation is particularly keen to encourage young people with a background in the cadet forces to...

  • Cadets visit Sandhurst and attend Sovereign’s Parade

    20 December 2017

    A lucky group of cadets from the Army Cadet Force had the opportunity to take part in a two-day visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The visit took place on 14-15 December, coinciding with the...

  • CVQO Westminster Award 2018 nominations now open

    11 December 2017

    Nominations for the CVQO Westminster Award 2018 - the annual award for young people who are registered on, or have completed, a CVQO-led qualification - are now open. The competition recognises selfless, determined...

  • Cadets and volunteers honoured at 2017 ACFA awards ceremony

    24 November 2017

    The Recognising Excellence Awards, an annual Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) event sponsored by BAE Systems, took place 25 November 2017 to celebrate the outstanding achievements and dedication of ACF...

  • Cadet represents ACF at 89th Field of Remembrance ceremony

    9 November 2017

    An ACF cadet represented the Army Cadet Force at the 89th annual Field of Remembrance ceremony in London. LCpl Alfie Tucker (14), from City Of London And North East Sector ACF, represented the Army Cadet Force...

  • Cadets from across Wales take part in unique Somme battlefield study

    9 November 2017

    During October half term 32 cadets from across Wales travelled to France as part of Exercise Dragon Reflect, a unique battlefield study at sites of the First World War. The study trip was particularly poignant as it...

  • Science In Action camp - cadets learn how the Army uses STEM

    31 October 2017

    The second Exercise Science in Action camp, to teach cadets about how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are used in the Army, took place on 22-27 October with nearly 160 ACF and CCF cadets taking...

  • ACF images win 2 categories in Army Photographic Competition 2017

    26 October 2017

    The photography skills of ACF adults and cadets have been highlighted as two of our own have been announced as the winners of the British Army Photographic.  The annual competition, usually open to Army personnel...

  • ACF cadet uses first aid skills to help man injured by tram

    4 October 2017

    A cadet from Nottingham used the first aid skills she learned in the ACF to assist a man injured following an accident with a tram. Cadet Sergeant Madison Martinez, aged 16, who studies computer science, biology and...

  • Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomes research praising the work of the UK’s Cadet Forces

    4 October 2017

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon praised the work of the cadet forces and drew attention to an independent research report, compiled by the University of Northampton, which sets out how joining the cadets provides a...

  • Cadet Force adults honoured at Everyday Heroes Awards

    29 September 2017

    Two ACF adults were awarded commendations for their heroic efforts in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards. The winners of the awards, which recognise the nation’s life savers and first aid champions, were...

  • Fire eating cadet appointed as Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet

    27 September 2017

    Cadet Sergeant Elizabeth Train-Brown, from Lincolnshire ACF’s Abbey detachment, has landed one of the top positions a cadet can achieve in the county by being named the Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet. This means that...

  • Cadet training under review

    25 September 2017

    More than 100 Army Cadet Force leaders recently gathered at Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre in Northampton for the annual National Training Officers Conference. Now in its third year, the meeting  saw adult...

  • Oxfordshire wins ACF’s top PR award

    11 September 2017

    Oxfordshire ACF has been awarded the Sword of Excellence trophy, the most prestigious award in the annual Wilkinson Sword PR Awards, in recognition of the county's excellent PR work during 2016-17.  Individual...

  • Cleveland Cadet named UK Champion Cadet

    4 September 2017

    The winner of the 2017 Champion Cadet Competition has been announced, with the coveted title going to Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Harvey Duffield (17) of Cleveland ACF. Harvey Duffield with Maj AP Clayton (Frimley...

  • Your chance to compete in ‘CyberCenturion’

    22 August 2017

    Interested in IT? Want to learn more about computer systems? Looking for a new challenge for the next academic year? Then pull together a team and enter the CyberCenturion competition. Defence and aerospace company,...

  • ACF instructor nominated for hero award

    17 August 2017

    An adult volunteer has been nominated for a prestigious honour after bravely treating a teenager in distress after an accident. 2 Lt Mark Farmer, from Portsmouth, was visiting friends at a farm last September when...

  • ACF volunteer gets gold Duke of Edinburgh award

    16 August 2017

    An army cadet volunteer has been awarded the gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Philip Styles, 24, of Pensilva was honoured at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in May. Philip, or Phil as he's known by friends, was...

  • SCIENCE IN ACTION CAMP 2017

    2 August 2017

    The Science in Action cadet camp is back after the pilot project's success last year, and it's returning bigger and better in 2017. What you'll learn Find out how drones are helping the Army’s...

  • ACF Cadets nominated for Guy Evans Young Hero Award

    21 July 2017

    Two ACF cadets, Emily Budinger from Sussex and Ellis Rudge from Suffolk, are among five young people nominated for the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year award, part of the high-profile Everyday Heroes awards run by St...

  • Scottish cadets help rescue drowning man

    19 July 2017

    Three army cadets were involved in the dramatic rescue of a man in difficulty in Macduff Harbour, Aberdeenshire on 12 July. The three cadets, Jordan Anderson (15) and sisters Katlyn (15) and Shannon Wilson (13) are...

  • The annual Canadian Cadet Exchange 2017

    10 July 2017

    Three groups of 12 ACF cadets and two adult volunteers travelled to camps across Canada and 60 Canadian cadets and six Canadian adults arrived in the UK this summer for the annual Canadian Cadet Exchange. The British...

  • CCAT deliver adventure-filled CPD Mountaineering Refresher

    10 July 2017

    Recently, a three-day qualification course was held for 12 adult volunteers looking to go further with their qualifications. The Moutaineering CPD (Continuous Professional Development) – is a programme for existing...

  • Safeguarding cadets in the ACF

    4 July 2017

    Brigadier Matthew Lowe, Deputy Commander Cadets, writes:  The cadet forces have been the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation into child safeguarding matters and sexual abuse.  Dealing with such subject...

  • It’s all about Summer for the Army Cricket Team

    30 June 2017

    When the British Army needed help last week, there was only one person who could answer the call, Northampton based cadet Summer Keightley. Summer, a Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) in Leicestershire,...

  • Beds & Herts cadet wins CVQO Westminster 2017 award

    29 June 2017

    An ACF cadet has been announced as the overall winner of the 14th annual Duke of Westminster Award, beating stiff competition from hundreds of cadets from across the cadet forces.  Isabella Scanio (18) from...

  • First ACF detachment opens overseas

    28 June 2017

    A new ACF detachment has opened in Cyprus, the first one outside of the United Kingdom. The Cyprus SBA Episkopi Station ACF opened in late April and already has 25 cadets and two adult volunteers. Lt Col Martin...

  • Cadets out in force for Armed Forces Day 2017

    26 June 2017

    June 24 marked the ninth annual Armed Forces Day, a day dedicated to honouring the exceptional work and dedication of the Armed Forces community: from currently-serving troops to Service families, veterans and...

  • 7th Infantry Brigade First Aid Competition focuses on life-saving skills

    19 May 2017

    The ACF’s First Aid Skills were put to the test last weekend as teams from nine counties from across the East Midlands and the East of England came together to take part in the 7th Infantry Brigade First Aid...

  • Four ACF Cadets make the final of the Duke of Westminster Awards 2017

    8 May 2017

    Four out of the ten finalists selected in the national Duke of Westminster Awards are cadets from the ACF. The Awards, organised by CVQO, invite nominations from across all of the Cadet Forces and reward those who can...

  • Nottinghamshire Army Cadet awarded prestigious Life Saving Medal

    7 April 2017

    Congratulations to Corporal Ewan Lees from Ollerton Detachment who received the Bronze Life Saving Medal of the Order of St John at a special ceremony at St John's House in London this week. He was awarded the medal...

  • Cadets invited to enter the Army’s annual Photographic Competition

    6 April 2017

    The Army has created a brand new category in this year's Army Photographic Competition aimed at cadet organisations across the UK. The new 'Cadet Life' category is open to all young people in the Army Cadet...

  • ACFA named chosen charity for British Army’s Exercise Ice Maiden

    23 March 2017

    The Army Cadet Force Assoication is proud to have been announced as the chosen charity for Exercise Ice Maiden - an all-female expedition to Antarctica - at a special launch event in London on Monday 20th March. The...

  • Cadets take the lead in international celebration of the Commonwealth

    10 March 2017

    The ACF is taking the lead in the prestigious international Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative by taking the Commonwealth flag to the top of some of the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern...

  • ARMY CADET FORCE ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES £2,500 GIFT FROM THE PATRON’S FUND

    2 February 2017

    The Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) is delighted to have received a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, which was set up to support the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen...

  • HM THE QUEEN APPROVES NEW COMMISSION FOR CADET FORCE VOLUNTEERS

    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...

  • Deadline for Duke of Westminster Award nominations extended

    10 January 2017

    Due to the Christmas break, the deadline for cadet nominations for CVQO's Duke of Westminster Award 2017 has been extended until Friday 13th January. The annual award for young people registered on, or those who...

  • ACF cadet and volunteer recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2017

    31 December 2016

    Huge congratulations from the ACF to a recent adult volunteer, Acting Col Christopher Hugh Sharwood-Smith, and to Cadet Colour Sergeant Jeremiah Oluwatosin Ayotunde Emmanuel who have both been been granted state...

  • Service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

    9 December 2016

    ACF volunteers were among those recently invited to attend a special Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Westminster Abbey. Members of the Royal family,...

  • Cadets and Volunteers recognised at ACFA award ceremony

    21 November 2016

    The Army Cadet Force Association's (ACFA) annual Recognising Excellence Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, took place this weekend to celebrate the outstanding achievements and dedication of our cadets and adult...

  • Nominations now open for CVQO’s Duke of Westminster Award 2017

    21 November 2016

    The CVQO Duke of Westminster Award is the annual award for young people registered on, or those who have completed, a CVQO-led qualification. The Award recognises selfless, determined individuals who have overcome...

  • Double win for ACF at national British Red Cross Humanitarian Award

    15 November 2016

    Congratulations to Cadet Sergeant Major Jeremiah Emmanuel (South East London) who has won the First Aid Award and to Corporal Victoria Richbell-Davies (Beds and Herts) who won the Judges' Special Award at the 12th...

  • Cadets benefit from first ever Science in Action Camp

    11 November 2016

    Cadets from across the UK spent their October half term holiday at Rollestone Camp, Wiltshire, for the ACF's very first national Science in Action Camp - a week-long, hands-on camp run by technical experts from the...

  • ACF Volunteers graduate top of the class at CVQO Ceremony

    20 October 2016

    CVQO's annual graduation ceremony took place last weekend in the prestigious setting of RMA Sandhurst to recognise the achievements by adult volunteers in the Cadet Forces. Our adult volunteers were joined by...

  • Adventure training expedition for Cumbria cadets

    13 October 2016

    Thirty-eight members of the Cumbria Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been selected to travel to Cyprus for ‘Exercise Simba’s Sun’, the county’s first overseas adventure training expedition in 20...

  • Another first for ACF Tug of War team

    3 October 2016

    The Army Cadets excels in the sport of Tug of War, so much so that the England under 23 Tug of War team is made up entirely of ACF cadets. ACF cadets and adult volunteers were recently honoured with an invitation to...

  • Wiltshire ACF wins the Rifles National Cadet Cup 2016

    28 September 2016

    Over the weekend of 23-25 September 120 cadets from Rifles badged Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachments from across the country gathered on the Salisbury Plain Training Area for the ninth annual Rifles Cadet Cup...

  • Network Rail apprenticeship scheme encourages applications from cadets

    21 September 2016

    Network Rail is on the hunt for new apprentices, and is particularly keen to encourage young people with a background in the Army Cadet Force to apply.  Alison Pyman, Talent Acquisition Advisor for the...

  • SI Bradley Knight crowned Young Hero of the Year

    8 September 2016

    We are pleased to announce that former Army Cadet Bradley Knight (now an adult volunteer) has won the coveted Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award - part of the prestigious St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards set...

  • Science in Action Cadet Camp - apply now

    6 September 2016

    Fancy getting up close to the BLOODHOUND SSC (a supersonic car designed to reach speeds of over 1,000mph) then designing, building and testing your own rocket car? Want to see the Army's high-tech aerial...

  • Good luck to our ACF finalists in St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards

    2 September 2016

    We are proud to announce that the ACF is represented in not one, not two, but four categories in the forthcoming St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards. We recently brought you the great news that PI Bradley Knight...

  • Durham ACF’s Bradley Knight shortlisted for national first aid award

    18 July 2016

    We're very proud to announce that Bradley Knight, from Durham ACF, has been shortlisted for The Mail on Sunday's Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award. Bradley is one of only four finalists to be...

  • 2016 Canada Cadet Exchange is underway

    13 July 2016

    After a final briefing at Hammersmith Cadet Training Centre in London, 43 cadets and CFAVs from all over the UK set off on Saturday from Heathrow Airport on the 2016 Canada Cadet Exchange. Despite the early departure,...

  • A BUSY WEEKEND OF SPORTING SUCCESS FOR THE ACF

    5 July 2016

    Two ACF National Championships took place at Imphal Barracks in York this Saturday 2nd July. While cadets were battling it out in the Girls' National Hockey Championships, there were also regional teams competing in...

  • Adult volunteer receives bravery award at national RSPCA Honours Ceremony

    21 June 2016

    Richard Price from Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF and his brother-in-law Daryl Webb were rewarded with a bronze gallantry award from the RSPCA at a ceremony on Saturday 18 June after saving a pet cat from a burning house....

  • The results are in for the ACFA National Athletics Championships 2016

    13 June 2016

    Teams of cadets representing eight UK regions competed against each other this Saturday 11th June in a bid to be crowned the ACFA's national athletics champions 2016. The annual sporting event, which saw five...

  • Merseyside ACF cadet wins public vote to become ambassador for CVQO

    7 June 2016

    Congratulations to Caitlin McEllenborough from Merseyside ACF who has been announced as a joint winner in CVQO's public vote for a Regional Ambassador. Caitlin was one of the 27 regional finalists who made it...

  • The ACF’s first ever Community Week a great success

    9 May 2016

    From 18th - 24th April detachments across the country donned their ACF t-shirts and high-vis jackets to take part in a variety of activities to support local causes during Community Week 2016. From litter picking in...

  • ACF PR Wilkinson Sword Competition 2015

    4 May 2016

    The judging panel of the ACF's annual PR competition, which recognises excellence in PR activity amongst our counties, had an incredibly hard job this year as the standard of entries across all categories was so very...

  • ACF Volunteer shortlisted in Welsh national leadership awards

    3 May 2016

    Martyn Elliott, adult volunteer and DofE leader with Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF has been named a finalist in the national Leading Wales Awards. The Awards, now in their twelfth year, seek to recognise and celebrate...

  • Royal visit for Downton Army Cadets to celebrate the success of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    28 April 2016

    HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Downton detachment today to see first-hand the difference The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has made to the cadets and their communities in Wiltshire. The DofE Award is...

  • Army Cadets named as CVQO Duke of Westminster National Finalists

    26 April 2016

    Four cadets from the ACF have been crowned national finalists in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award and will be on their way to South Africa in July for the trip of a lifetime.  After making it through a tough...

  • The ACF light beacons across the UK to celebrate the queen’s 90th birthday

    22 April 2016

    Detachments across the country took part in the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations yesterday by lighting a series of beacons to mark the special occasion. The Army Cadet Force played a unique part in the...

  • Royal birthday honour for Northern Ireland cadet

    21 April 2016

    Cadet Company Sergeant Major Emmalee Wray (17) from Ballymena is one of only two cadets selected to take part in The Queen's 90th birthday beacon lighting ceremony at Windsor on 21 April.  The...

  • Wandsworth Army Cadets receive Citizenship Award for Community Service

    20 April 2016

    Cadets and staff from 133 Wandsworth Army Cadet Force (Royal Military Police) Detachment have received the prestigious Greater London ACF Citizenship Award for Community Service. The Award, presented by Her...

  • Army Cadets get behind the #iwill youth social action campaign

    18 April 2016

    The Army Cadet Force has added its weight to the #iwill campaign by pledging the support of 41,000 cadets around the UK in promoting youth social action. The announcement comes as the ACF starts its first nationwide...

  • ACF TO TAKE PART IN SPECIAL CEREMONY TO MARK THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

    4 April 2016

    The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will light the Principal Beacon in a special celebration to mark Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April....

  • ACF celebrates DofE Diamond Anniversary with Gold Award at Ballykinler

    31 March 2016

    Cadets and adult volunteers from 25 ACF counties gathered at Ballykinler Camp in Northern Ireland this week for a special event to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Duke of...

  • ARMY CADETS YOUNG ACHIEVERS MEET THE PRINCESS ROYAL

    18 March 2016

    Cadets from across the ACF attended a special reception with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace on 15th March to celebrate outstanding first aid achievements. The Young Achievers Reception is...

  • Duke of Westminster Award 2016 - Regional finalists announced

    18 February 2016

    Congratulations to nine cadets from the ACF who have made it through to the regional finals of the Duke of Westminster Award 2016! After being selected from a list of 40 candidates, our cadets join those from across all...

  • Apprenticeship Opportunities for Cadets with Network Rail

    3 February 2016

    Network Rail are hoping to encourage more cadets from across all the cadet forces to take part in their exciting advanced apprenticeship scheme in engineering.  Aaron Gracey, Armed Forces Engagement Manager at...

  • Op BEACON - The ACF will help to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

    22 January 2016

    Four ACF counties have been chosen to take part in a special beacon lighting ceremony to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016.  Cadets and volunteers from Cumbria ACF, 1st...

  • Gap year opportunities with RMA Sandhurst

    19 January 2016

    The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is offering school leavers the opportunity to spend a gap year travelling the world, trying something different and earning money as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army with...

  • Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - flag a DofE activity

    4 January 2016

    To celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Army Cadet Force Association is asking counties to celebrate the variety of activities that we offer our cadets by highlighting those which...

  • Army Cadet Force volunteers recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List

    2 January 2016

    Two ACF adult volunteers have been been granted state honours by Her Majesty The Queen in the annual New Year Honours List.  Huge congratulations go to Colonel Ashley Fulford, Commandant of Devon ACF and ACFA...

  • ARMY CADETS HELP SANTA DELIVER CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TO CHILDREN AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS

    14 December 2015

    Cumbria Army Cadets became Santa's helpers on Saturday 12 December to help bring a smile to the faces of children affected by the devastating floods. Parking up his sleigh, Santa swapped his normal mode of transport...

  • Cardiff adult volunteer wins British Red Cross first aid Award

    25 November 2015

    Alex Mountain (24), an ACF Sergeant Major Instructor (SMI) from Cardiff, was presented with the First Aid category award at the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2015 at the House of Commons on 24 November....

  • ACF Cadets and adult volunteers recognised at national awards ceremony

    23 November 2015

    The top cadets and CFAVs from across the UK and Northern Ireland were commended at the BAE Recognising Excellence Awards at Armoury House, London on Saturday 21 November. The ceremony recognised the hard work and...

  • Champion Cadet awarded Claire Shore Trophy

    30 October 2015

    After winning the gruelling three day-long Champion Cadet competiton, cadet RSM Maxwell Rogerson was awarded the prestigious Claire Shore memorial trophy at a ceremony at Frimley Park, the home of the Cadet Training...

  • Duke of Westminster Award 2016 - nominations now open

    29 October 2015

    The CVQO Duke of Westminster Award is designed to find the best of the CVQO BTEC cadets across the UK. The award recognises outstanding young people who go out of their way to help others and who make a difference...

  • Graduation Celebrations for ACF Adult Volunteers at RMA Sandhurst

    20 October 2015

    ACF adult volunteers were among those who celebrated receiving vocational qualifications at CVQO's 10th anniversary graduation ceremony at RMA Sandhurst on Friday 16 October. The education charity awarded adult...

  • ACF takes on the challenge - National and Inter-Service First Aid Competitions 2015

    16 October 2015

    Ten teams of ACF cadets and nine teams of CFAVs are taking part in this year’s National and Inter-Service First Aid Competitions (from 17-18 October at Strensall near York). The ACF teams comprise cadets and...

  • National Swimming Championships 2015 - Eastern team crowned champions

    15 October 2015

    Congratulations go to the Eastern regional team who were named overall winners at the ACF's National Swimming Championships at Aldershot Garrison on 10 October 2015. Ten regions from across the UK and Northern...

  • BAE Recognising Excellence Awards - Nomination deadline closing soon!

    22 September 2015

    The closing date for nominating your top cadets and adult volunteers in the Recognising Excellence Awards is fast approaching. The Army Cadet Force Association's newly created Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, will...

  • The Army Cadets’ Big Event Day proves a great success!

    7 September 2015

    The sunny weather and fun activities on offer helped to draw in the crowds at the Army Cadets' Big Event Day in Victoria Square, Birmingham on Saturday 5 September. Members of the public came along to the event to...

  • Big Event Day in Birmingham – Saturday 5 September

    28 August 2015

    Public invited to ‘have a go’ at Army Cadet activities  This September the Army Cadets is holding its first ever national Open Week – with Open Day events taking place in many locations around the...

  • Bravery Award for Shetland Heroine

    18 August 2015

    SI Jessica Bradley, from Shetland Independent Cadet Battery, received St John Scotland's highest award for bravery afetr risking her life to save a man who was in danger of bleeding to death. She was presented...

  • BAE Recognising Excellence Awards - Nominations now open for cadets and adult volunteers

    13 July 2015

    The Army Cadet Force Association has launched a new awards ceremony to acknowledge and highlight the hard work and dedication of cadets and adult volunteers. Sponsored by BAE Systems, the Recognising Excellence Awards...

  • Brecon Beacons Lightning Strike - ACF Instructor attempts rescue

    9 July 2015

    Captain Kris Hawkins, 37, an Adult Instructor from Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force, was one of four First Aiders who gave CPR to an injured man when a lightning storm struck on the Corn Du peak of Pen y Fan in...

  • Everyday Heroes Awards - Winners Announced

    2 July 2015

    Winners of the 2015 St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by Kirsty Gallagher at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 1 July. Max Willson from Bredon School CCF took the Guy Evans...

  • New cadet training survey - open to all ACF adult volunteers

    30 June 2015

    Cadets Branch  is currently conducting a review into both the ACF syllabus and the wider cadet experience. The aim is to make things more user friendly for adults, whilst enhancing the experience of the cadets, but...

  • National Athletics - a win for Eastern and four record-breaking performances

    25 June 2015

    The Eastern region team took the top prize in this year’s National Athletics Championships in Grantham on Saturday 6 June. Eight regional teams (from England, Scotland and Wales) and over 400 competitors took part...

  • Lincolnshire Quartermaster completes gruelling challenge

    25 June 2015

    Major (retd) Rob Holland, Quartermaster for Lincolnshire ACF, completed a gruelling personal challenge during the National Athletics championships (Saturday 6 June) to raise money for BLESMA limbless veterans. Rob...

  • Vote For Our Courageous Cadets in the Guy Evans Young Hero Award

    9 June 2015

    St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes, is a special awards programme celebrating the incredible stories of ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life. Each year, the Guy Evans Young Hero Award is...

  • CVQO Leadership Course 2015

    4 June 2015

    Calling all VQ Officers, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and CCF Contingent Commanders… The time of year has arrived to begin thinking about your nominees for the CVQO Leadership Course in Somerset on 26 – 30...

  • Cleveland cadet delivers speech at national VE Day Service

    13 May 2015

    Cadet SSgt Charlotte Connor (17), from Cleveland ACF’s Burlam Road Detachment, had the honour of reading out a prayer in a special service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey marking the culmination of the...

  • Army Cadet ‘Young Achievers’ meet the Princess Royal

    10 May 2015

    Stt John Ambulance invited a number of ACF cadets to join them for a Young Achievers Reception at St James’s Palace on 29 April to meet and talk with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. This annual event is...

  • CVQO Duke of Westminster finalists announced today

    28 April 2015

    Today CVQO announced the names of the nine national finalists in this year’s Duke of Westminster Award 2015. The group of finalists will be going on a two-week educational expedition to South Africa in...

  • Cadets step in to help D-Day veteran keep allotment

    21 April 2015

    Cadets from the Witney detachment of Oxfordshire ACF leapt to action to help a 91-year-old D-Day veteran facing eviction from his treasured allotment. Patrick Churchill, was a radio operator with the Royal Marine...

  • Army Cadet Force Piping & Drumming Concentration 2015

    14 April 2015

    Cadets from across the UK have spent the last eight days taking part in the Army Cadet Force Piping & Drumming Concentration at Cameron Barracks in Inverness. The course is open to all of the cadet forces and...

  • ACF cadets compete for South Africa expedition prize

    9 April 2015

    A group of six ACF cadets are competing with 24 others to be chosen as one of nine national finalists in the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award at a challenging four-day selection event in Somerset. These nine national...

  • A weekend of sport for the ACF

    17 March 2015

    Saturday 14 March was a big day for Army Cadet Force sports, with both the national Cross Country and Boys' Football events taking place. The Cross Country event took place at Warcop Training Area with the...

  • Adult volunteers take on a new town

    23 February 2015

    Two friends from Derbyshire are joining forces to take over an Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment in Draycott. Second Lieutenant Sarah Shergold, Detachment Commander at Hallcroft detachment, and Probationary Instructor...

  • ACF cadets shortlisted for CVQO Duke of Westminster Award

    23 February 2015

    After an anxious wait, CVQO has revealed the names of the 24 CVQO Duke of Westminster Award regional finalists who will be heading to Outposts, Somerset, in April. This includes eight ACF cadets from across the UK. CVQO...

  • Cadets at Ballymena detachment win local heroes award

    23 February 2015

    The Northern Ireland final of the Local Heroes Project 2014 was held in Palace Barracks Holywood last month. The project involved cadets researching a "local hero" from the First World War, delivering a presentation, a...

  • Top Derbyshire Cadet rewarded

    18 February 2015

    A Cadet from Derbyshire has been awarded for her outstanding achievements at her Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment in Long Eaton. Cadet Colour Sergeant Caitlin Scotting, aged 16, was presented with an award by the local...

  • Cambridgeshire Army Cadets meet The Princess Royal

    26 January 2015

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was met by a guard of honour formed by March Army Cadets when the Princess made a visit to Neale Wade Academy in March (Cambridgeshire) on Wednesday, 21 January 2015. The...

  • Cadets Talk to MARS

    21 January 2015

    During the weekend of 29 - 30 November 2014 cadets from around the country, took part in a joint communications exercise called Exercise CHRISTMAS CRACKER.  Tri-Service cadets took part in the annual exercise...

  • New Vacancy

    16 January 2015

    Marketing and Communications Officer - Combined Cadet Force (CCF). We’re looking for an experienced and responsible marketing and communications professional to help develop and deliver a wide-ranging programme of...

  • Major grant - £270,000 – for ACFA Youth Outreach

    5 December 2014

    ACFA Youth Outreach has been awarded a grant of £270,000 by the Department for Education to deliver projects in England from September 2014 to August 2015. The grant was awarded by the DfE as part of its military...

  • Conference success for ACF Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    1 December 2014

    Over fifty delegates from all over the UK came together at the weekend (22/23 November) for the annual ACF Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training conference at the Cadet Training Centre Frimley. During the weekend...

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - over 60 awarded Gold

    26 November 2014

    On Monday 17 November Colonel Edwards, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Cadets, presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold certificates to recipients at St James’s Palace, London.  The event was hosted...

  • Army Cadet Force sweep the Humanitarian Citizen Awards

    19 November 2014

    Five members of the Army Cadet Force were the only shortlisted nominations in the First Aid category at the prestigious British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards at the House of Commons yesterday. The British Red...

  • Exercise Maltese Cadet 2014

    14 November 2014

    A group of 32 Cambridgeshire cadets (aged 15-18) and adult volunteers recently returned from six days of adventurous training in Malta on ‘Exercise Maltese Cadet 2014’, which took place from 25 October...

  • Interested in a military or defence career?

    12 November 2014

    The Welbeck College application deadline is approaching fast.   For cadets who are interested in a service career, Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC) provides a clear career path to technical or...

  • Ickenham Army Cadets honour Harefield VCs

    5 November 2014

    A dozen army cadets and three adult staff from 198 Douay Martyrs School ACF Detachment (The Life Guards) formed part of the honour guard at Harefield Village Green on 4th November 2014, where the memory of two local WW1...

  • #MyRemembrance - Mark Remembrance Day with the ACF

    31 October 2014

    To mark Remembrance Day the Army Cadet Force wants to celebrate the individual people who've played a part in defending the UK, or supporting our troops, in armed conflicts over the last 100 years. We’re...

  • Major David Williams is awarded with Order of St John

    28 October 2014

    Major David Williams was honoured 21 October by the Order of St John with the presentation of the insignia of Officer of the Order of St John.  The presentation was made by the Prior of the Order on behalf of Her...

  • New £7.2 million Cadet Training Centre now open in Northamptonshire

    28 October 2014

    80 guests joined over 100 young people and adult volunteers  from the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps to see a new £7.2 million Cadet Training Centre be...

  • CVQO Graduation Ceremony takes place at RMA Sandhurst

    14 October 2014

    Education charity CVQO’s annual graduation ceremony for Cadet Force volunteers took place at RMA Sandhurst on Friday 10 October. Over 60 graduate volunteers from all Cadet Forces celebrated receiving their City...

  • CADET FORCES TRIUMPH AT NATIONAL FIRST AID COMPETITION

    13 October 2014

    Four teams from the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force competed against nine St John Ambulance cadet teams at the national St John Ambulance National Competitions in Gloucester on 11 October. All of the teams...

  • ACF Volunteers are riding 645 miles for charity

    3 October 2014

    Twenty adult volunteers from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) are set to ride 645 miles on static exercise bikes this weekend to raise money for two causes close to their hearts....

  • Exercise Northern Rocky Mountain Venturer

    1 October 2014

    During July 2014, 8 adult volunteers and 13 cadets, led by Colonel David Fuller, ACFA Vice Chairman and Colonel Cadets 15 (North East) Brigade, headed for British Columbia, Canada for a 26 day RFCA expedition,...

  • Mayor of London presents 192 Heston Detachment with award

    18 September 2014

    A host of famous faces showed their support for volunteering in the capital by attending the Mayor’s annual Team London Awards held at City Hall last night, which celebrate the outstanding contribution made by...

  • Young First Aiders compete to save lives

    17 September 2014

    Uniformed young people from across all the cadet forces assembled over the weekend at Strensall and the home of the Army Medical Services Training Centre to demonstrate practical first aid skills in the cadet forces...

  • Kensington Army Cadet honours local hero

    12 September 2014

    Thirteen year old Kai Lofts, an Army Cadet at 236 Kensington Detachment attended a special ceremony in Kensington in early September dressed in the army uniform of the early 1900s. He was there supporting The Mayor...

  • Tattoo success for Highlander Cadets

    12 September 2014

    Cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF recently took part in the regions newest event, the Highland Military Tattoo. Sixteen cadets and adults from the Battalions pipes and drums took part in the three day...

  • £7million Cadet Training Centre set to open in Northamptonshire

    1 September 2014

    A £7million Cadet Training Centre is set to be handed over to Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) in September this year. The new facility has replaced dilapidated former...

  • CVQO has released the dates and locations of its 2014 Roadshows

    1 August 2014

    Thirty-six events between 04 September and 02 October across the UK will be hosted by the CVQO team to highlight the latest developments with the CVQO-led BTEC, ILM and City & Guilds qualifications. As has been...

  • Northumbria Cadets Return From Jungle Adventure

    1 August 2014

    Cadets and adult volunteers have just returned from the trip of a lifetime after spending two weeks with 1st Battalion Royal Ghurka Rifles (1RGR) in the jungle of Brunei. Six months of pre-deployment...

  • Army Cadets win at National Tug-of-War Championships

    1 July 2014

    On Saturday 21 June 2014 four Army Cadet teams from across the country battled it out for the English National Tug-of-War Championship title in a competition held in Lincoln. The four teams from Somerset,...

  • Durham Army Cadet wins CVQO Duke of Westminster Award

    1 July 2014

    Durham Army Cadet, Sergeant Daniel Wilkie, (18), from Ryhope in Sunderland, has beaten hundreds of other cadets to be named the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award winner 2014. He was presented with his award by Lord...

  • Lincolnshire Cadet set to be a part of team GB at the World Championships

    18 June 2014

    A Cadet from Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) has secured a place in the under 20s Great Britain (GB) team at the World Championships for Sprint Triathlon in Canada this August. Kayleigh Adams, aged 18, from Deeping...

  • Facebook brings WW1 alive

    11 June 2014

    As Facebook is such a large part of daily life for today’s cadets, Greater London RFCA seized the chance to work with partners to launch a new Facebook resource called WW1: A Soldier’s Tale....

  • HEROIC ARMY CADET VOLUNTEER IS POINT OF LIGHT SAYS PRIME MINISTER

    4 June 2014

    An army cadet leader who used his first aid training to save a man’s life has won a Point of Light award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Richard Angel from Wood Green North London learnt first aid as...

  • Queens Award for Morpeth Detachment of Northumbria ACF

    3 June 2014

    Morpeth Detachment of Northumbria Army Cadet Force (ACF) has been named as one of the organisations chosen to receive this year’s Queens Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award given to volunteer groups...

  • Victory for Varney from Staines Army cadets

    2 June 2014

    Cadet Company Sergeant Major Rebecca Varney from 195 Staines Detachment ACF has topped the public vote to become the CVQO Regional Ambassador 2014. Rebecca and a guest will attend the prestigious Duke of Westminster...

  • BTEC AWARDS IN ABUNDANCE

    14 May 2014

    Army Cadets from Humberside & South Yorkshire ACF have been awarded with BTEC Diplomas in Public Services. The award recognises their achievements in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and gives them a qualification...

  • Hastings Army Cadet Force adult awards

    12 May 2014

    Hastings Army Cadet Volunteers Sarah and Adam Earley (pictured) have been honoured by the Lord Lt of East Sussex Mr Peter Field for their long service to the local community. Sarah and Adam met and married while...

  • Help improve the ACF’s brand – take part in a quick online survey

    8 May 2014

    Are you an ACF adult volunteer, cadet or parent of a cadet? The ACF national marketing and communications team is reviewing the Army Cadet Force brand messaging. The goal of the project is to differentiate the Army...

  • Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal Awards Cadets

    7 May 2014

    On Friday 2 May 2014 the Worcestershire Branch of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal held an Awards Evening at Dancox House, 214 Battery RA’s Army Reserve Centre to celebrate the outstanding efforts of...

  • Cadets interviewed after receiving gold DofE award at St James’s Palace

    30 April 2014

    On 29th April 2014 over 70 young people who had attained Gold level in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, met HRH The Earl of Wessex and received their awards at St James's Palace London. This sound clip...

  • Hundreds take part in 10th ACF Bands Concentration

    24 April 2014

    Over 340 cadet musicians and 140 adult instructors from 34 counties from across the UK gathered at Altcar Training Camp in Merseyside in April for the 10th National Cadet Force Bands Concentration. Young musicians...

  • Lance Corporal Sam Herbert wins Everyday Hero Award

    27 March 2014

    Lance Corporal Sam Herbert of Derbyshire ACF was announced as the winner of the St John Ambulance Young Hero of the Year Award at a glittering dinner on Wednesday 26 March hosted by the Mail on Sunday. General Wood,...

  • Derbyshire Cadet force travels to Austria

    26 February 2014

    A group of 48 cadets and adult volunteers from Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) had the opportunity to travel to Austria last week to experience an exciting adventure training programme. The event, known as Exercise...

  • Blown away - Northumbria cadet wins prize in regional piping championship

    10 February 2014

    Cadet Minjie Li, 15, from Northumbria ACF's Pipes and Drums band won first prize in the novice chanter section of the regional piping championships. The competition held at Ampleforth College,...

  • Cadets take part in Army Indoor Championships

    5 February 2014

    In a first for the ACF, teams of male and female cadets from Gloucestershire ACF were invited to test their Tug of War skills against Army Regular Service teams in the Army Indoor Championships held in Gloucestershire...

  • ACF first aiders recognised in national awards

    31 January 2014

    Two young people who learnt their first aid skills with the Army Cadets have been selected as finalists in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards. Previously named the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards,...

  • Wilkinson Sword PR Awards – additional winners

    22 January 2014

    The judges of the Wilkinson Sword PR Awards are pleased to announce a number of additional awards to Lincolnshire ACF. For a full list of winners click here. Due to a technical problem with a ZIP folder the...

  • Winners announced - ACF PR Awards 2014

    22 January 2014

    Berkshire ACF has triumphed as overall winner of this year’s Wilkinson Sword of Excellence Awards. In a very closely fought competition with a very good standard of submissions, Berkshire ACF's newsletter...

  • ACFA are recruiting

    7 January 2014

    ACFA are seeking a Development Manager to join the team based at the London office. Details of the role and how to apply can be found below: The Role The Development Manager will be the Forward Plans...

  • CADETS JOIN VETERANS AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS FOR UNIQUE DEBATE

    29 November 2013

    Today – Friday 29 November – around 150 Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and members of the Combined Cadet Force will be joining veterans from the Royal British Legion to take part in a special...

  • Durham Army Cadet Receives Royal Humane Society Award

    27 November 2013

    Army Cadet Sgt Daniel Wilkie from Ryhope was presented with a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock, Esq OBE, at a special ceremony held at Londonderry...

  • ACFA Chairman’s Award presented in Northern Ireland

    27 November 2013

    Captain Liz Doak of the 1st (NI) Battalion is “delighted” and “humbled” to be the first recipient of the ACFA Chairman’s award! The award, introduced by Colonel David McCleery OBE,...

  • Quest for Quality at ACFA Duke of Edinburgh’s Award conference

    27 November 2013

    CTC Frimley squeezed over 50 ACF county Duke of Edinburgh’s Award delegates into Marlborough Hall on the weekend of 22-24 November. Together with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award panel and guests, the event...

  • Wales and the North East triumph at ACFA Girls Football Tournament

    25 November 2013

    Players from across 9 regions took part in the ACFA sponsored, National Girls Football Tournament, Saturday 23 November 2013. Hosted by Nottinghamshire ACF, the 6-a-side tournament took place at the Magnus CofE School,...

  • ‘Step Up To Serve’ campaign launched to help recognise and support young people

    21 November 2013

    The Army Cadet Force Association is supporting the new Step Up To Serve campaign to help recognise and support young people. The campaign is being launched through #iwill - a unique initiative involving HRH, the...

  • Champion Cadet 2013

    18 November 2013

    Cadet RSM Angus Caddick, of the 1st Battalion Highlanders, was named this year’s Champion Cadet. Established in 1991 and held at Frimley Park each September, the competition is open to those cadets who have...

  • British Cadet Rifles Team (the Athelings) tour Canada

    18 November 2013

    This summer the British Cadet Rifles Team (the Athelings), made up of cadets from across the country, spent a month in Canada competing in the National Cadet Full-bore Competition (NCFC) and Dominican of Canada Rifle...

  • Government award £4.8 million to develop military ethos in schools

    18 November 2013

    Department for Education Minister Elizabeth Truss announced  on 15 November, the award of a further £4.8 million to fund projects led by ex-Armed Forces personnel to tackle underachievement in schools and to...

  • Staffordshire and West Midlands cadets represent the ACF at national Remembrance events

    12 November 2013

    Cadets and adult volunteers from Staffordshire & West midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force represented the ACF on a national level at the Festival of Remembrance and the Cenotaph Parade in London over...

  • North London Army Cadets pay respects at the Menin Gate

    29 October 2013

    Thirty Army Cadets and their leaders travelled to France and Belgium last week on an educational WW1 Battlefield tour, the highlight of which was the wreath laying ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres....

  • Remember remember 5th November - Explosive facts and tips

    24 October 2013

    It’s that time of year again - the smell of burning wood, the sight of scenic displays in the sky, the sound of explosions in the sky and an atmosphere full of excited families, couples and friends. As a great...

  • 50 cadets receive DofE Gold Award at St James’ Palace

    18 October 2013

    On 10 October 2013, 50 ACF Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awardees received their certificates at St James' Palaces in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The awards were presented by ACFA President ...

  • THE NATIONAL & INTER SERVICES FIRST AID COMPETITIONS

    15 October 2013

    Uniformed young people from across all the cadet forces  assembled over the weekend at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell to demonstrate practical first aid skills in the cadet forces National and Inter Services...

  • Derbyshire cadets achieve bronze, silver & gold Duke of Edinburgh awards

    10 October 2013

    More than 60 cadets from Derbyshire have had the opportunity to develop skills that could be useful in their future working life after achieving a bronze, silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award through the Army...

  • ACFA Annual Dinner

    9 October 2013

    The 2013 ACFA Annual Dinner is now fully subscribed. Any further applications will now be put on a waiting list and allocated space should any cancellations occur. Please contact Oliver Shepard via email should you...

  • Brigadier David Short appointed as General Secretary at the ACFA

    11 September 2013

    Brigadier David Short joined the Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) as General Secretary on 9 September, following the retirement of Brigadier Mike Wharmby. The majority of Brigadier David Short’s 30-year Army...

  • Farewell Brigadier Wharmby

    6 September 2013

    After seven years as General Secretary at the Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) Brigadier Mike Wharmby retired from the role on Friday 6 September. Mike comments, “It has been my enormous privilege to have been...

  • ACF Summer Band Tour

    30 August 2013

    For the third year running, HQ Cadet Force Bands formed a touring band to visit Counties to promote music in the ACF. This year, WSSI Nicola Deary and the Royal County of Berkshire ACF provided the bulk of the players...

  • Cadets achieve educational bonus at camp

    29 August 2013

    50 cadets from Rorke's Drift Company of Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force based around Neath and Swansea in South Wales have completed their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship....

  • Accumulated Campaign Service Medal formally presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire

    29 August 2013

    Adult volunteer Sgt David Nicolson a member of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force had his long overdue accumulated campaign service medal formally presented to him by the Lord...

  • Wilkinson Sword Award for PR Excellence 2013

    29 August 2013

    Submit your entry now!  The Wilkinson Sword has been awarded to the winner of an annual Public Relations competition for ACF Counties for a number of years and is awarded for PR excellence. Instead of...

  • Cambridgeshire cadets display strong leadership skills at annual camp

    21 August 2013

    This year, Cambridgeshire ACF were fortunate to have Sywnnerton Training Camp near Stafford, for Annual Camp. Training programmes were conducted through Junior, Intermediate and Senior Cadres. No 2 (Cromwell)...

  • Chiswick Army Cadets take the Annual Camp challenge

    16 August 2013

    Army Cadets from 206 Chiswick Detachment ACF (Royal Signals) were among nearly six hundred cadets and volunteer leaders from all over North and West London who have just returned from a challenging two weeks at their...

  • Sergeant Major completes 260 miles for cadets to take qualification

    12 August 2013

    Enduring 260 miles, rainy showers, early starts and a biker's suntan, Sergeant Major Steve Drewery has completed the Kent to Devon (K2D) cycle ride for education charity CVQO, raising over £3,000 for cadets...

  • CVQO are recruiting apply now!

    15 July 2013

    CVQO are recruiting for a Project Manager and a number of regional Instructors for the CVQO England Schools Programme. Click here to find out more.

  • Northumbria ACF’s Cassino Band Entertain Italian Crowds

    2 July 2013

    Northumbria ACF's Cassino Band were invited to participate in an international youth music festival in Guilliano, Italy. This prestigious occasion was for many members of the band the first time they had played at...

  • Staffordshire recognised by the Queen with prestigious Award

    26 June 2013

    In conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of HM 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...

  • Army Cadet Volunteer at work in fatigues

    26 June 2013

    Sergeant Trevor Baker, a youth leader at 231 Paddington Academy’s Army Cadet Detachment, arrived at his Fulham Road workplace today (26 June) in full military fatigues. In the run up to Armed Forces Day on...

  • Nottinghamshire cadets attend flag raising ceremony

    24 June 2013

    Six cadets from Nottinghamshire attended a special flag raising ceremony at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham, Monday 24 June 2013, to mark the start of an exciting week of activities organised ahead of Armed Forces...

  • Cadets presented certificates at Canterbury Cathedral

    18 June 2013

    Education charity CVQO celebrated the achievements of 91 Kent cadets, as they were presented with their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship at Canterbury Cathedral on Monday...

  • Portsoy Army Cadet awarded one of the UK’s highest lifesaving honours

    17 June 2013

    Portsoy Army Cadet Emily Reid,16, has been awarded with one of the UK’s highest lifesaving honours, St Johns Ambulance Service Young First Aider of the Year in recognition of her calm and professional actions at...

  • Birthday honours bonanza for Army Cadet Force

    17 June 2013

    Heartiest congratulations to three adult volunteer members of the Army Cadet Force who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.  Their awards are richly deserved. Colonel Andrew Cassidy OBE...

  • Cadets take part in tug of war competition at Westminster Abbey

    13 June 2013

    A team of eight Army Cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) used their strength, determination and training to the best of their ability yesterday (Tuesday 11 June) when...

  • Durham cadet shortlisted for prestigious award

    7 June 2013

    Cadet Sergeant Daniel Wilkie has received a Young First Aider of the Year award from St John Ambulance for his exceptional efforts in carrying out resuscitation for more than 20 minutes.  He has also been...

  • Army Cadet Heroes awarded Young First Aider of the Year Medals

    5 June 2013

    Six Army Cadets have received prestigious Young First Aider of the Year medals from St John Ambulance.  The medals are awarded annually to about a dozen young people from across the United Kingdom. The medals were...

  • ACFA lead the way - Frimley Park first to complete new First Aid awards

    28 May 2013

    The Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park, national ‘home’ of the Army Cadet Force, has just delivered the first of the new Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) First Aid awards.  2013 sees the...

  • Cadet climbs frozen waterfalls in Norway

    22 May 2013

    Cadet S/Sgt Stuart Brammer, Lincolnshire ACF, reports on his Cadet Ice expedition Cadet ice is an expedition that takes part in Norway to climb a number of frozen waterfalls over a week period. The requirements...

  • Commandos, carers and cadets

    20 May 2013

    Four North Devon based Army Cadets have enjoyed a visit to the Royal Marine Base at Chivenor. The trip was organized by 'Carewise' Young Carer Support Worker Jim Harvey, who is also an Adult Instructor with...

  • Northumbria ACF Visit Cyprus

    20 May 2013

    During the February half term Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF) hosted 31 cadets and 9 adult volunteers from Northumbria ACF in Cyprus.  The week-long Exercise Northumbrian Zeus gave cadets...

  • Cadets help Woodland Trust with Jubilee Woods

    20 May 2013

    With the help of the cadet forces and a wealth of other organisations and individuals, the Woodland Trust has reached its target of a staggering  6 million new trees planted to create Diamond and Jubilee Woods in...

  • Outreach Patron attends Rorke’s Drift concert in Brecon

    20 May 2013

    The UK’s most decorated serving soldier and Patron of the ACFA’s Outreach programme, Johnson Beharry VC, has met Army Cadets and other young people working with the movement in Brecon on Saturday 23...

  • Gloucestershire ACF gets sporty

    20 May 2013

    40 Adult Instructors and Cadets from Gloucestershire ACF completed the Community Sports Leadership Award at the Cadet Training Centre in Cinderford in the Forest of Dean.  Sports Leaders UK Awards and...

  • Government Minister visits Kent cadets

    20 May 2013

    Cadets, AIs and ACF Officers from B Company, Ashford Detachment of Kent Army Cadet Force were honoured to have a visit from The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, local MP for Ashford and Tenterden and Minister of State for...

  • CUMBRIA CADETS NAMED CHAMPIONS OF BLIND VETERANS UK CHALLENGE

    20 May 2013

    Chindit (West Cumbria) Company of Cumbria ACF were named overall winners of the Blind Veterans UK Cadet and Youth Challenge for coming up with the best organised and most innovative response to the challenge to...

  • Nantwich cadets thank paint company for support

    17 May 2013

    An Army Cadet hut in Nantwich has been given a new lease of life thanks to a paint donation from the Dulux Let’s Colour Project. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) unit is used by 30 cadets and adults, who use the...

  • Northumbria cadets train for diving expedition

    10 May 2013

    Northumbria ACF cadets are preparing for a diving expedition in the Mediterranean Sea.  The cadets will travel to the beautiful island of Gozo located just off the coast of Malta where they will undertake dives...

  • Scottish cadets take on Westminster

    9 May 2013

    Cadets, cadet force adult volunteers and reservists from all over Scotland made the long journey to Westminster on 30 January to brief MPs and Peers on their activities as part of the wider defence family.  The...

  • Record attendance at ACF bands’ concentration

    3 May 2013

    The latest week-long ACF Bands’ concentration was held at Altcar Training Camp over the Easter break.  Over 500 cadets and staff from across the length and breadth of the UK (26 counties) attended and...

  • Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF visit Auschwitz

    3 May 2013

    "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" (Work will set you free). The slogan displayed above the main entrance to Auschwitz death camp in Poland. However as a group of cadets and CFAV’s from Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion...

  • ACF Annual Review 2012 out now

    9 April 2013

    The ACF Annual Review 2012/13 is out now.  Read all about the Army Cadet Force in the year of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the highly successful London 2012 Olympics.  ...

  • National ACF cross country and football 2012

    22 March 2013

    Several hundred young ACF cadets gathered at Warcop on 16th March 2013 for the annual cadet football and cross country tournaments.  Organised by Cumbria and Lancashire ACFs both competitions were a resounding...

  • New Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Tyne and Wear

    22 March 2013

    Cadet Staff Sergeant James Lowes of Blaydon Detachment Durham Army Cadet Force, was appointed Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for The County of Tyne and Wear on Wednesday March 20th. HM Lord Lieutenant, Sir Nigel...

  • Army of Cadet Angels

    22 March 2013

    With a smile on their faces an enthusiastic Tewksbury Platoon from A Company, Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force (The Rilfes), , managed to raise a staggering £754 in just 4 hours at their local Morrisons Store for...

  • Two for One Ticket Offer for Army Cadets

    22 March 2013

    MILITARY MUSICAL SPECTACULAR The Bands of the Household Division, which take part in all the great state and ceremonial occasions, form one of the great iconic images of our nation.  As a precursor to the...

  • New Padre for Durham ACF

    18 March 2013

    Durham Army Cadet Force has a new Chaplain or Padre.   The Reverend Michael Volland trains vicars at St John's College in Durham. He is married to Rachel and they have three children; Hannah, Reuben and...

  • Cpl Johnson Beharry VC attends cadet concert in Brecon

    15 March 2013

    After over a year in the planning, on Thursday 21st February cadets from all over the UK started to descend on Crickhowell Training Centre, the home of Gwent & Powys ACF for the musical training weekend which ends...

  • Cadet movement plays new role in saving lives in the community

    14 March 2013

    Adult Instructors in Northern Ireland’s Army Cadet Force are pioneering a new training scheme, learning how to use defibrillators in life or death situations. British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland and...

  • Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College

    13 March 2013

    THE ULTIMATE START TO AN ARMY CAREER - WELBECK SIXTH FORM COLLEGE Roberto Thomas is an ex Cadet from the Royston Detachment, of Beds & Herts Army Cadet Force. He’s 18 and currently studying for his A levels...

  • Closing date for Young First Aider of the Year Award extended

    6 February 2013

    The closing date for the Young First Aider of the Year Awards 2013 has been extended to 8 Feb. Last year 10 of the 14 awards across the entire youth spectrum were to awarded to Army Cadets, 1 to a Sea Cadet and...

  • Frimley Park first to complete new awards

    6 February 2013

    In the biggest upheaval of First Aid Training in over 30 years the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park, national ‘home’ of the Army Cadet Force, has just delivered the first of the new First Aid...

  • Statement from General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE, British Army

    25 January 2013

    "Today I have accepted a Crown Censure on behalf of the Army in relation to the death of Cadet Kaylee McIntosh, while on Cadet Camp at Loch Carnan in August 2007.  We recognise the failings by the Army and once...

  • The Revision Cadet Challenge is on

    18 January 2013

    The Revision Cadet Challenge is now on! Between now and 19th June 2013, ACF detachments can compete to win tickets to either the fabulous British Military Tournament or the Royal Edinburgh Military...

  • Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums perform at the Berlin Tattoo

    14 January 2013

    The Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums enjoyed a multitude of high profile engagements throughout the UK during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and none more important than the Beating of Retreat at Balmoral...

  • Champion Cadet 2012

    14 January 2013

    Eighteen year old Liam Arnot of Northumbria ACF was named Champion Cadet 2012 at the end of the competition weekend at CTC Frimley Park last September. As well as the Clare Shore Trophy, which his county will hold for...

  • Cadets mark Remembrance on First World War Battlefields

    14 January 2013

    On November 11, 2012 fifty cadets and adult volunteers from Gwent and Powys ACF paraded at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium and laid wreaths on behalf of the ACF and the Royal Welsh to remember the fallen of the First...

  • Cadet Battlefield Tour to Spain and Tangier

    14 January 2013

    Last summer a group of 23 cadets and adult volunteers from across the UK set off from Portsmouth to Santander for a fifteen day tour encompassing the battles of Salamanca, Cuidad Rodrigo, La Albuhera, Badajoz, Talavera...

  • Army Cadet magazine - Winter 2012/13 out now

    7 January 2013

    Army Cadet magazine - Winter 2012/13 is available online now. Read our key features: 'Rising to the Challenge - Could you be one of the next generation of ACF Officers?', and 'All Inclusive ACF - As the...

  • HRH The Prince of Wales to promote cadet force volunteering on ITV’s ‘This Morning’

    4 January 2013

    ITV’s flagship and multi award-winning daytime show This Morning will launch an extraordinary You Can Be Heroes Week from Monday 7th January with the help of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Determined...

  • PR Training Course dates for 2013 published

    4 January 2013

    The dates of the ACF PR Training Team courses for 2013 have been published and can be found here. The first course will take place at Altcar on 18-20 and is the Introduction to Public Relations.  Further courses...

  • ACF Commandant receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

    19 December 2012

    Colonel Paul Shepherd OBE TD MSc DCR(T) FHEA MCGI, Commandant of 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion ACF, has been presented with the OBE that he was awarded in this summer's Queen's birthday honours. Paul has...

  • Former ACF Commandant awarded Merchant Navy Medal

    18 December 2012

    Colonel David Fuller OBE, until recently County Commandant of Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF, has been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal, showing that committed service to the ACF is no barrier to...

  • Christmas voucher book out NOW

    18 December 2012

    A special festive voucher book, packed full of special offers and deals for members of the Army Cadet Force, has been published just in time for Christmas. Download your own festive voucher book here, now. Happy...

  • Royal date with the golden touch for Army Cadets

    17 December 2012

    Fifty ACF and CCF Cadets from around the country were among hundreds of young achievers from across the UK who had a date in the prestigious setting of St James’s Palace last Tuesday, 11 December, 2012. All of...

  • Cumbria ACF win Wilkinson Sword for PR Excellence 2012

    17 December 2012

    Congratulations to Cumbria ACF, winners of the 2012 Wilkinson Sword PR competition orqanised by the ACF PR Training Team. The use of social networks and new media featured strongly in this year's entries and the...

  • ACF PR Winner to be announced soon

    10 December 2012

    This year's winner of the ACF's Wilkinson Sword for PR Excellence will be announced before Christmas.  The Head of the ACF PR Training Team and Chair of the Judging Panel, Col Steve Taylor, would like to...

  • Army Cadet Leader invested at the Palace

    6 December 2012

    On 6th Dec Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Spowage MBE DL, Development Manager for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the Army Cadet Force across the United Kingdom was invested by HM The Queen as a Member...

  • NI youngsters excel at ACFA Outreach

    28 November 2012

    Students from Lisnagarvey High School in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, have been recognised for successfully completing the Army Cadet Force Association’s Outreach programme. The unique adventure training...

  • President of the ACFA inspects new detachment

    26 November 2012

    On 8th November 2012 Lt Gen A Graham CB CBE, President of the ACFA (Army Cadet Force Association) attended the official opening of the new Ellowes Hall School Detachment in Dudley, Staffordshire and West Midlands (NS)...

  • Win a tactical soft shell jacket from Cadet Kit Shop

    23 November 2012

    Cadet Kit Shop have introduced a monthly competition to win an item of merchandise from their exciting range of kit for cadets.  For November 2012 the prize is a tactical soft shell jacket which normally retails...

  • NCS Team Test Weekend details revealed

    22 November 2012

    For the 700 members of the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force participating in this year's National Citizen Service pilot, it's now just three weeks until the exciting climax of their NCS journey, the...

  • London Cadets showcase favourite charities at Lord Mayor’s Show

    15 November 2012

    Last Saturday, 10 November, 50 cadets and Adult Instructors from Greater London, South West Sector took part in the largest unrehearsed public parade through London’s financial district, whilst showcasing some of...

  • BRITISH FORCES URGE PUBLIC:  KEEP POSTAL SYSTEM CLEAR FOR FAMILIES’ MAIL

    14 November 2012

    With less than 6 weeks to go until Christmas the Ministry of Defence is urging the public to consider Service charities as an alternative way of showing their support, rather than sending unsolicited parcels to...

  • National Cadet Band Concentration – Longmoor

    13 November 2012

    Over 300 cadets took part in the National Bands Concentration at Longmoor 21-28 Oct. Cadets took part in APC (Army Proficiency Certificate) Music Star training from Beginner to 4 Star, with specialist...

  • Cadets talk live on BBC London 94.9

    12 November 2012

    Two Army Cadets and one of their volunteer adult leaders were interviewed on BBC London 94.9 yesterday evening (Sunday 11 November) talking about life in the Army Cadets and what they had been doing to mark...

  • London cadets in second BBC radio interview

    9 November 2012

    Following the excellent piece about Army Cadets of multiple faiths in London on the BBC Asian Network today, cadets from Middlesex and North West London ACF have been invited to appear on BBC Radio London this...

  • Statement from Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade, British Army

    9 November 2012

    The Army is extremely sorry about the events that led to the tragic death of Cadet Kaylee McIntosh and for the loss suffered by her family in particular. We apologise unreservedly for any failures by the Ministry of...

  • London cadets interviewed by the BBC

    8 November 2012

    Cadets at 192 Heston detachment of Middlesex and NW London ACF hosted BBC reporter Poonam Taneja this week.  Poonam was interviewing the cadets for programmes being broadcast on the BBC Asian Network tomorrow...

  • DYFED & GLAMORGAN ACF WINS NATIONAL OUTREACH AWARD

    6 November 2012

    On 20th October at the Outreach Conference 2012 Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF received an awarded for being the most outstanding ACF county participating in the ACF Outreach...

  • Cadet Expedition to Bavaria 2013

    6 November 2012

    Are you a cadet or adult volunteer doing your Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award? There is an opportunity to undertake your Gold Expedition in the beautiful mountains of Germany and Austria. The visit lasts from...

  • Col John Kelly is appointed as Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow

    2 November 2012

    Col John Kelly MBE, the Army Cadet Force’s national Representative Cadet Commandant and until recently the Chairman of the Army Cadet Force Association In Scotland, was appointed on 10 October 2012 to the...

  • Chiswick and Brentford Army Cadets launch new Corps of Drums

    31 October 2012

    Army cadets from Chiswick’s 206 Detachment (Royal Signals) joined with Brentford cadets and over 400 others from around the UK for a special Music Camp week at Longmoor Camp in Surrey (22-27 Oct). The West...

  • A Star Performance at the Royal Albert Hall

    31 October 2012

    On 18th October cadets from Cornwall ACF, Durham ACF and Somerset ACF joined Regular and TA Musicians to form the Massed Bands & Bugles of The Rifles in a unique musical extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. The...

  • Chief of the General Staff visits CTC Frimley Park

    30 October 2012

    On Friday 5 October, the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall KCB CBE ADC Gen, visited the Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Frimley Park, on the final day of that week's King George VI Memorial Leadership...

  • Young First Aiders compete to save lives

    23 October 2012

    Uniformed young people from across all the cadet forces including St John cadets assembled over the weekend (13 & 14 Oct) in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to demonstrate...

  • Diamond Jubilee Beating Retreat

    1 October 2012

    A Beating Retreat performed by The Massed Pipes and Drums of the ACF and ATC (Air Training Corps) provided a fitting end to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Balmoral Castle, Balmoral Estate,...

  • Cadet bands to play at Royal Albert Hall

    1 October 2012

    Somerset ACF’s Silver Bugles and the Band and Bugles of Durham ACF have been selected to play at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues when the Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles come together at The...

  • National Citizen Service pilot for cadets in England

    1 October 2012

    Almost 700 members of the ACF and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) (Army) took part in a special pilot scheme this year that matches their cadet activities to the Government’s flagship programme for young...

  • ACF County Commandant Marks 40 Year Milestone

    1 October 2012

    The Commandant of Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force has marked a major milestone, having served over 40 years for his ACF county. Colonel David Fuller OBE marked the occasion at the East Hull Cadet...

  • ACF Band Summer Camp Tour

    6 September 2012

    This summer cadets from Hampshire & Isle of Wight ACF, South East London ACF and Cleveland ACF formed a small band to tour Army Cadet annual camps taking place in Yorkshire and Northumbria to promote...

  • Army Cadets adopt a goat as their mascot

    31 August 2012

    Cadets from Barton ACF have adopted a two-month old goat as their mascot.The goat, Lancer, lives at Waters' Edge Country Park, where cadets from the Queen's Royal Lancers detachment continue to forge community...

  • Sussex ACF on life-changing expedition to Kenya

    30 August 2012

    After a year in the planning, and with authority granted from HQ Land & Land Warfare Centre, 20 members of Sussex ACF finally touched down at Nairobi airport Kenya for 10 days with the British Army Training Unit...

  • ACF Bands to perform at Royal Albert Hall

    17 August 2012

    On Thursday 18 October members of the bands of Somerset ACF and Durham ACF will perform at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall alongside The Massed Bands and Bugles of The Rifles, the regiment to which both ACFs are...

  • Devon ACF volunteer takes Gold with the DofE

    6 August 2012

    Army Cadet Force Instructor Chloe Mitchell (21) from Newton Abbot has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. It completes the set of three for Chloe, as through the ACF she has also earned her bronze and...

  • Welsh cadets learn about World War I on the battlefields of Northern France

    30 July 2012

    Cadets from Rossett Platoon, Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force have just returned from the Somme in Northern France, the setting for the famous World War 1 battle which cost the lives of thousands of British and...

  • London Army Cadets host Olympic torch relay

    25 July 2012

    Army Cadets from 92 Catford Detachment, Greater London South East Sector ACF, played host to the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Team as they passed through the streets of Catford on Monday morning, 23 July. On the...

  • Senior Army Officer presents surprise promotion to cadet

    20 July 2012

    Seventeen year old Barnsley Cadet, Jessica Snaith, who has been a cadet with Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force for four years, received a very pleasant surprise whilst attending a Cadet Leadership Course,...

  • HRH The Prince of Wales tackles Army Cadets’ climbing wall

    19 July 2012

    During a visit to Grainville School in St Helier, Jersey on 18 July, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was invited by members of the school's Army Cadet Force to try out their climbing wall.  Despite the...

  • Youth Engagement Review published

    13 July 2012

    The recommendations of the Youth Engagement Review have been published.  Click to download the YER Summary and Way Forward document (24 pages), the Youth Engagement Review: Final Report and the YER: Final...

  • RUN THE BRIGHTON MARATHON FOR EDUCATION CHARITY CVQO

    11 July 2012

    Eleven Army Cadet Force (ACF) adult volunteers from across the South East are taking part in the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisations (CVQO) first major sports sponsorship initiative – the Brighton...

  • Uxbridge Army Cadet carries Olympic torch

    10 July 2012

    Thirteen year old Uxbridge Army Cadet Tegan Young-Blackman from Iver, Bucks ran through Stoke Mandeville yesterday carrying the Olympic flame aloft and beaming with smiles. At exactly 12 noon on the Wendover Road...

  • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity launches new fundraising initiative in schools

    3 July 2012

    Children across the UK who have enjoyed a patriotic summer will have the chance to bring out the red white and blue once more this autumn. A new national fundraising day will take a look at forces life from the...

  • Prime Minister announces expansion of Cadet Forces

    30 June 2012

    We are delighted with the Government's plans, announced today, to expand the cadet forces in England. In a £10.85m scheme launched to coincide with Armed Forces Day, secondary state schools across England...

  • Cleveland Cadets are Shooting Champions

    28 June 2012

    Cleveland Army Cadets were crowned champions following a display of excellent clay target shooting during the national cadet clay target shooting competition held at Marne Barracks, Catterick over the weekend 23rd/24th...

  • London Army Cadet Volunteer proudly wears his uniform to work

    28 June 2012

    Sergeant Elliott Roffey, a youth leader at Victoria’s London Scottish Army Cadet Detachment arrived at his workplace today (27th June) in full military fatigues. In the run up to Armed Forces Day on 30th June...

  • Uniform to work (and school!) day

    27 June 2012

    Today, Wednesday 27 June, is Uniform to Work Day, when members of the Reserve Forces, and both adult and cadet members of the Cadet Forces are encouraged to wear their uniforms to work (or school!) to highlight to...

  • Uniform to Work Day 2012 an oustanding success

    26 June 2012

    This year’s Uniform to Work Day on June 27 saw cadets and adult volunteers from the Army Cadet Force up and down the country donning their uniforms to show their support for members of the Armed Forces. The...

  • Second win for Gloucestershire ACF cadets

    25 June 2012

    Gloucestershire ACF cadets have won The Revision Military Eyewear Challenge for the second consecutive year for their outstanding fundraising for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. On 13th June Cadet Regimental...

  • Cadets to represent England in Tug of War Championships

    25 June 2012

    Army Cadets from Gloucestershire ACF and Somerset ACF will represent England at the United Kingdom Tug of War Championships after impressing for their region at a national competition. Ten boys and two girls aged...

  • Cadets parade through Inverness for Queen’s birthday

    21 June 2012

    Last Saturday, 16 June, over 500 young people from the Army Cadet Force (ACF), Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps across Scotland descended on Inverness for a parade to mark the 86th birthday of our Patron, Her...

  • Army Cadet wins CVQO’s ILM Achievement Award

    20 June 2012

    CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation) is proud to announce the outstanding achievements of Cadet Sergeant Major Precious Oyelade, 18, a member of South East London ACF who was named today (20th June)...

  • Thanks to ACF and CCF for generous donations

    18 June 2012

    The Army Cadet Force has received a letter of thanks today from Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Crichton Wakelin OBE for his retirement lunch in London last Thursday (14th June) and for the generous gifts he was...

  • ACF County Commandant attends audience with the Dalai Lama

    18 June 2012

    Last Saturday, 16 June, Colonel Hilary Williams, Commandant of Lancashire Army Cadet Force, represented the Army Cadet Force Association at an audience with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Manchester. Organised by...

  • *UPDATED* Army Cadet Force Officers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    15 June 2012

    Warmest congratulations to Colonel Paul Shepherd, Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Spowage and George Atkinson who have been awarded the OBE, MBE and BEM respectively in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List,...

  • Cadets meet the Prime Minister at No.10

    15 June 2012

    On Wednesday 13 June 13-year-old Caroline Handford Chmaj of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and 16-year-old Cadet Flight Sergeant Asim Ahmad of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) met Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP,...

  • North East Region win ACF National Athletics Competition

    13 June 2012

    On Saturday 9th June cadets gathered at Grantham in Lincolnshire for the ACF National Athletics Competition. Teams travelled from 8 regions across the UK to take part in this annual ACF sporting event. Cadets ran,...

  • Cadets form Loriners Guard of Honour at Mansion House

    13 June 2012

    Ten young Army Cadets from 216 Tottenham Detachment (Blues and Royals) provided a welcome and immaculate Guard of Honour at the City of London’s Mansion House on Thursday 24th May. The occasion was the annual...

  • ACF cadet and adult volunteers lunch with royalty

    11 June 2012

    On Tuesday 5th June 2012 Cadet Sergeant Moises Mendoza (age 17) from SW London ACF and three ACF adult volunteers, Staff Sergeant Instructor Sarah Wilde from Cornwall ACF, Captain David Cawrey and Major John Lawrence...

  • Army Cadets find lost jewellery at Jubilee event

    11 June 2012

    Army Cadets from Market Harborough came to the rescue when 78-year-old Margaret Brant from Leicester lost a precious gold ring during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Lubenham, Market Harborough.  While getting...

  • Cadets support Jubilee Parade in Scotland

    11 June 2012

    Over a hundred Cadets marched through the City of Perth on Saturday 2nd June as part of the biggest Scottish Celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Over 1000 pipers took part in the parade and were joined by all...

  • Jubilee River Pageant gets a helping hand from London’s cadets

    8 June 2012

    On Sunday 3rd June London Cadets were proud to be part of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Among the tasks assigned to London’s cadets were escorting VIPs, selling programmes,...

  • Cadets attend The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Wood flagship event

    8 June 2012

    On 1 June 2012 the official opening and naming of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood flagship site was carried out by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Normanton-le-Heath in Leicestershire.  Cadets...

  • Proud ACF Olympic Torch Bearers

    28 May 2012

    Last week three ACF adult volunteers from Devon, Somerset and Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF, a cadet from Shropshire ACF and three high-achieving former cadets all from Devon ACF had the honour of carrying the...

  • Cadets prepare to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

    27 May 2012

    This June the nation will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. Only the second British monarch in history to reach this remarkable milestone (the first being Queen Victoria), she ascended...

  • NEW Cadet Bergen being trialled

    24 May 2012

    Youth and Cadets Branch, HQ Support Command is conducting a Cadet Bergen trial in 49 Brigade. The trial is mainly being conducted by Oundle CCF, which starts in May 2012 and will go on for six months. The trial...

  • Inverness Concentration 2012

    24 May 2012

    Almost 200 Cadets descended on Cameron Barracks this Easter to take part in the ACF’s main Piping and Drumming event in the calendar. During the week-long Concentration, Army and Air Cadets competed in a series...

  • Met Police helps volunteer leaders supporting young women

    23 May 2012

    On Tuesday 12 June the Metropolitan Police are organising a free evening event for leaders in uniformed youth groups who are involved in child protection and training.  Entitled Supporting Young Women in London:...

  • Cadet Special Offer - Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade 13th - 14th June

    22 May 2012

    UPDATE: Buy one adult ticket, get one cadet ticket free* Offer is available on www.ticketmaster.co.uk from 0900 on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 *Cadets MUST wear their uniform and be accompanied by 1 x full paying...

  • The ACFA JOGLE Challenge 2012 is now underway

    22 May 2012

    And they're off!  Today our colleagues Major Terry Hayter and Lieutenant Natalie Cox have set off from John O'Groats on the first leg of their mammoth cycle ride to Land's End (the JOGLE Challenge) in...

  • Lancashire ACF raise funds for ABF by completing the Soldier Challenge

    22 May 2012

    After 5 months of gruelling preparation 2Lt Matt Taylor, Cadet CSgt Daniel Shaw and Cadet Sgt Michael Lynn, The Three Amigos from Carnforth Detachment, took part in ABF's Soldier Challenge on Saturday 19th May...

  • Cadets into work

    21 May 2012

    Cadets from Northern Ireland are being invited to take part in a unique new initiative called Cadets Into Work specially created to increase their employability and help them find jobs as they ‘graduate’...

  • Global recognition for Cadet Force Pipes & Drums Centre

    21 May 2012

    The Cadet Force Pipes and Drums Centre has recently become one of only five Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Approved Centres worldwide to deliver and assess the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB)...

  • Army Cadets at start of Olympic torch relay

    21 May 2012

    When the Olympic torch relay started at Land's End on Saturday 19 May, several young members of Cornwall Army Cadet Force were present, watching triple Olympic gold medal winning sailor, Ben Ainslie, carry the...

  • Listen to our own Colonel Cadets on Garrison FM

    18 May 2012

    Click here to listen to ‘Col Murdo Urquhart, Col Cadets, Youth & Cadets Branch, HQ Support Command on Garrison FM, 16th May 2012’ on Audioboo (function() { var po = document.createElement("script");...

  • Lancashire Army Cadets take Soldier Challenge in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

    15 May 2012

    Cadets and adult volunteers from Carnforth Detachment, Lancashire Army Cadet Force will travel to London this weekend to take part in The Soldier Challenge on Saturday, 19th May. The Challenge, consisting of 35...

  • UNPRECEDENTED RESULTS FOR ACF FIRST AIDERS

    14 May 2012

    Army Cadets receive St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the Year Awards Ten  Army Cadets and a Sea Cadet travelled to St John Ambulance’s historic headquarters in Clerkenwell London on Saturday (12th...

  • National ACF Band & Drums Camp, Altcar

    8 May 2012

    Cadets from all over the country attended the National Army Cadet Music Camp, held at Altcar Camp, Merseyside during the Easter Holidays.  The camp was bulging at the seams as 375 cadets were trained and tested...

  • Adult volunteer hangs up his hat after 51 years in the ACF

    8 May 2012

    David Walton (65) has decided to hang up his uniform and retire after being a member of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland ACF since he joined as a cadet at the City Boys detachment back in 1961. After a...

  • Principal at the College of Piping impressed by ACF pipes and drums

    8 May 2012

    Read the blog by Robert Wallace, Principal of the College of Piping, that he wrote after witnessing the Army Cadet Force pipes and drums Beating the Retreat in Edinburgh this weekend.

  • Support the ACFA JOGLE Challenge 2012

    26 April 2012

    Our colleagues, Maj Terry Hayter and Lt Natalie Cox, are cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End (JOGLE) to raise valuable funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity.  Leaving John O'Groats on Tuesday 22...

  • Army cadets win South African adventure

    23 April 2012

    The results of CVQO’s Duke of Westminster Award competition have been announced, with three army cadets making the grade and winning the coveted prize of a 3 week adventure in South Africa. The winners,...

  • ACF BOYS SEVEN-A-SIDE RUGBY

    19 April 2012

    On Sat 13th April 2012 the ACF Rugby Sevens were played at the Brecon Rugby Club – a change in venue brought about by the late cancellation by Christ College.  In the end despite the change in venue and the...

  • Uniform to Work Day 2012

    13 April 2012

    This year's Uniform to Work (and School) Day will be held on Wednesday 27 June, with the annual Armed Forces Day following three days later on Saturday 30 June.  Adult members of the Cadet Forces are...

  • Army Cadets reach final selection for Duke of Westminster Awards 2012

    4 April 2012

    On the 11th April, 21 young competitors will face a challenging 36 hour assessment in the Quantock Hills in Somerset to determine which of them, selected from over 20,000 young people earning extracurricular...

  • News of the World Challenge Cup

    3 April 2012

    On 31st March 2012 a team of cadets from Chester-le-Street Detachment Durham ACF won the coveted News of the World Challenge Cup competed for by teams of four Army Cadets from detachments all over the...

  • Honour Guard for Queen’s Harrow visit

    30 March 2012

    Army Cadets from Harrow ( Royal Army Medical Corps) and Kingsbury ( Royal Engineers) were among the many uniformed youth groups who provided an Honour Guard for the arrival of HM Queen and HRH The Duke of...

  • West London Army cadets scoop National Football trophies

    27 March 2012

    The long road to Cumbria from West London was worthwhile for 204 White City (Para) and 202 Acton (Royal Engineers) Detachments of Middlesex and North West London Army Cadets. They journeyed northwards in hopes that...

  • Another Army Cadet selected to carry the Olympic torch

    27 March 2012

    A second former Army Cadet from Devon has heard that he has been selected to carry the Olympic torch during its journey around the country this summer.  Ryan Braunton Turner, now 18, will carry the torch...

  • Army Cadets meet HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

    26 March 2012

    When Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Mons Barracks in Aldershot to present shamrocks to members of the Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day, she also had the opportunity to meet some Army Cadets...

  • Clwyd & Gwynedd Army Cadet interviewed by The Guardian newspaper

    26 March 2012

    The Guardian newspaper recently launched its Teen Book Club and the first book to feature is Bullet Boys by Ally Kennen.  Two of the characters first met in the Army Cadets, so they interviewed the Cadet RSM from...

  • Colonel in Chief invites Army Cadets to Queen’s Jubilee Concert

    22 March 2012

    The Colonel in Chief of the Army Cadet Force, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, has generously given 50 pairs of tickets for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert that is taking place on Monday 4 June to the...

  • London youngsters enjoy Outreach taster day

    22 March 2012

    Over 100 youngsters from schools across London enjoyed an ACFA Outreach taster day at the Army Cadet Force Training Centre at Blackheath in South East London last Sunday, 18 March.  The ACF in London is...

  • Devon Army Cadet selected as Olympic torch bearer

    21 March 2012

    19-year-old Richard Salter, a former Army Cadet from Devon ACF, has been selected as  a London 2012 Torch Bearer.  He will carry the torch as it passes through Yeovil on 22 May this year. When receiving the...

  • National cross country finals 2012

    19 March 2012

    The 2012 National ACF Cross Country Championships was held at Warcop Training Area on Saturday 17th March.  Organised by Cumbria ACF and by Lt Col John Wilson in particular the day ran even better than expected...

  • 1st BTEC Level 1 Awards

    16 March 2012

    In March, South East London ACF and educational charity CVQO celebrated the achievements of a very special group of young people, at the headquarters of SE London ACF in Blackheath. Cadets Esther Abidakun, 14, Ike...

  • NEW HONORARY COLONEL FOR GLOS ARMY CADETS

    14 March 2012

    Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter KCVO, OBE, has been appointed Honorary Colonel of Gloucestershire ACF (The Rifles). General Evelyn, who is a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, was commissioned into the...

  • Hampshire & IOW ACF visit Defence Diving School

    8 March 2012

    Army Cadets from two detachments in Gosport, Hampshire, enjoyed a thrilling visit to the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth last month.  The invitation came from Major Kevin Lillicrap, the Army Diving Training...

  • Hednesford New Build Detachment Officially Opened

    5 March 2012

    Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force held an official opening ceremony for the new Army Cadet Force (ACF) centre in Victoria Street, Hednesford on the evening of 23 February.  Sir...

  • PUSH TO INCREASE DofE COMPLETIONS

    24 February 2012

    Every year dozens of cadets and young adult volunteers in the ACF don’t achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award that they have been working towards because they just don’t get round to...

  • Government brings back BEM

    24 February 2012

    The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, usually known as the British Empire Medal (BEM) is being re-introduced nationally later this year, principally for outstanding meritorious service...

  • New Adult Training for 2012

    24 February 2012

    On 29th April 2012 the first ever Adult Leadership Management Course (ALM) will commence at the Cadet Training Centre (CTC), Frimley Park.  A further 5 courses are scheduled over the coming year, each with 48...

  • ARMY CADET CONFERENCE 2012

    23 February 2012

    On the weekend of 4-5 February senior volunteer personnel from both the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) gathered at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst together with representatives of the...

  • Rorke’s Drift Concert 15th Anniversary

    23 February 2012

    On 16th February cadets from all over the UK descended on Crickhowell Training Centre of Gwent & Powys ACF for the musical training weekend, which ends with the annual Rorke’s Drift...

  • Planting Royal Roots

    23 February 2012

    On 15th February Army Cadets from Wadebridge in Cornwall spent a day of their school half term holidays planting young trees for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Woods Programme. Supervised by Malcolm Allen and...

  • SSAFA Forces Help Big Collection

    22 February 2012

    SSAFA Forces Help 'Big Collection' is running for an entire week this year!   From Saturday 12th May until Saturday 19th May there will be collections at supermarkets, train stations and at...

  • Wight Army Cadets win NRN Competition

    22 February 2012

    A team of Army Cadets from Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF are winners of 'Exercise Christmas Cracker', one of three annual NRN (National Radio Net) Competitions.   More than 200...

  • Army Cadet Leader invested at the Palace

    15 February 2012

    On 14th February Ashford man, Colonel Ian Denison OBE, former Commandant of the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadets was invested by HRH Prince of Wales with an OBE, awarded in the New Years Honours List. Col...

  • Army Cadets clear snow at elderly care home

    9 February 2012

    On 7th February Army cadets from The Priory City of Lincoln Academy were first to respond to the call for help, to clear an elderly peoples care home from snow covered grounds. Stones care home on Skellingthorpe road...

  • Major clear-up at Marl Pit wood in Norwich

    7 February 2012

    A group involving the Friends of Marl Pit wood, Norwich City Council staff and West Norwich Army Cadets worked together to remove a skip-load of waste that had been illegally dumped there over the years. The council...

  • Cadet150 tree planting honoured

    7 February 2012

    The Cadet150 tree-planting project has been named runner-up in a prestigious nationwide environmental award competition. The MOD’s Sanctuary Awards recognise group and individual efforts undertaken to benefit...

  • ACF gets its own tartan

    6 February 2012

    The ACF now has its very own tartan, which will be worn by the Band of the Pipes and Drums at national events. The tartan was designed by Major Jim Stout, National Cadet Piping Executive Officer, in conjunction with...

  • ACF to benefit from investment in youth groups

    2 February 2012

    The Army Cadet Force will be one of the organisations that benefits from a £10 million investment into youth groups announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government and HRH The Prince of Wales....

  • Essex ACF win award for PR Excellence

    26 January 2012

    The Wilkinson Sword Award for PR Excellence 2011 has been awarded to Claire Barbara of Essex ACF. The annual Public Relations competition is open to all ACF Counties. Counties were asked to submit entries into five...

  • Mayor Boris in cook up with London’s Army Cadets

    20 January 2012

    On 19th January South London Army Cadets and their Adult Leaders were among uniformed youth groups who met The Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the Merton Sea Cadets Centre in Mitcham, London. He saw and tasted...

  • Birmingham cadets welcome royal visitor

    18 January 2012

    Witton and Aston ACF detachment in Birmingham was given a massive boost by a visit of HRH Duke of Kent, who performed the opening ceremony at the new £21m campus at the Broadway School in Aston, Birmingham on...

  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

    11 January 2012

    It has been confirmed that uniformed Cadet Force Adult Volunteers with at  least five years' service as at February 2012 will be eligible for the commemorative medal being awarded to service personnel in...

  • Derbyshire adult volunteer attends Buckingham Palace reception

    5 January 2012

    On Thursday 8 December 2011 Lt Andy Smith, Adventure Training Officer for Derbyshire ACF, attended a reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. ...

  • Former Army Cadet named Britain’s Most Outstanding Soldier

    3 January 2012

    Congratulations to 26-year-old Ryan McCready, formerly a Cadet with 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion Army Cadet Force, who was named Britain's Most Outstanding Soldier at The Sun Military Awards 2011 last...

  • OBE for Commandant of Middlesex and NW London Army Cadet Force

    31 December 2011

    Heartiest congratulations to Colonel Ian Denison OBE, outgoing Commandant of Middlesex and North West London Sector Army Cadet Force, who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list announced today....

  • STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE CADETS

    20 December 2011

    HRH Prince Edward last week (13th December) met cadets from across Gloucestershire who are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Local young people representing all four Cadet Forces talked to the Earl of...

  • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity says “Thanks, Soldier”

    13 December 2011

    As 2011 draws to a close, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity asks the big-hearted British public to join its ‘Thanks, Soldier’ campaign.   The online campaign will add thousands of supporters’...

  • Free 2012 wall planner now available

    13 December 2011

    Our friends at CadetKitShop are offering a free 2012 wallplanner to anyone who registers their interest on their website. It has a month-by-month list of key events, helping you plan for the year ahead.  Hang it...

  • New ACF Voucher Book published

    12 December 2011

    The Christmas edition of the ACF voucher book has just been published.  Packed full of discounts and special offers for members of the ACF, it should not be missed.  Download your online voucher book now.

  • Army Cadet Leaders at National Training Conference

    30 November 2011

    Over fifty Army Cadet Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) leaders packed the National Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park last weekend (26 & 27 November) for their annual Training Conference. Top...

  • Calling all ACF detachment commanders

    18 November 2011

    All ACF Detachment Commanders are kindly requested to complete a new questionnaire in Westminster. In 2010, the Army Cadet Executive Group (ACEG) determined that leadership and management training for ACF adult...

  • First Aiders Remember Len & Bron Smith

    15 November 2011

    A moving ceremony took place during the County First Aid Training Officers Conference at the Cadet Training Centre (CTC), Frimley Park in November when a tree was planted in memory of Len and Bron Smith. Bron...

  • Cadet Force Music Concentration, Longmoor

    15 November 2011

    Nearly 450 cadet and adult drummers and musicians from 30 Counties attended the Cadet Force Music Camp at Longmoor, Hampshire over the October Half Term. Cadets from all parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern...

  • Proud Army Cadets interviewed on BBC Radio 5Live

    14 November 2011

    This weekend saw cadets participating in Remembrance ceremonies in communities in every corner of the United Kingdom.  One party, from Gwent and Powys ACF, had the enormous privilege of being a part of the...

  • Army cadets celebrate Dannii Minogue’s honorary doctorate

    10 November 2011

    Army, Air and Sea Cadets were on board HQS Wellington, London on Wednesday 9 November to celebrate CVQO patron Dannii Minogue being presented with her honorary doctorate in Media from the University of Solent. As...

  • Poppy Appeal 2011

    8 November 2011

    The Royal British Legion’s 2011 Poppy Appeal in Suffolk is standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave Armed Forces to support the recovery of Service people injured in current conflicts. Under the strapline...

  • BBC searching for Heroes

    7 November 2011

    The BBC is looking for 6 young people aged 11-14 to star in an exciting new TV programme next year that will show them working with the Emergency and Rescue services.  Do you know a budding paramedic, firefighter...

  • Brixton cadets impress Daily Telegraph journalist

    3 November 2011

    When Daily Telegraph journalist, Daniel Knowles, woke up to find Brixton Army Cadet Force taking part in a parade underneath his bedroom window, he realised that those smart and well-behaved young people were a much...

  • Champion Cadet 2011 receives trophy

    31 October 2011

    Perth’s eighteen year old Cadet Staff Sergeant Bradley Anderson of the Black Watch Battalion ACF, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and winner of the Championship Cadet Competition, was presented with the Claire...

  • London-based volunteer receives bravery medal

    21 October 2011

    Twenty five year old Army Cadet volunteer leader Michael Haughey went to Buckingham Palace yesterday (20th Oct) where HRH Princess Alexandra presented him with the rare and prestigious Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane...

  • National First Aid Competition 2011

    15 October 2011

    First Aiders Excel in National and Inter-Services Competitions Young people from all the cadet forces and St John cadets came together on Saturday 15th October at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to compete...

  • Eastern region win national swimming championships 2011

    15 October 2011

    On Saturday 15th October, on a wonderfully bright autumn day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, hundreds of cadets from all ten UK sporting regions gathered to compete in the national ACF swimming championships....

  • Army Cadet named Radio 1 Teen Hero

    11 October 2011

    Congratulations to Pippa Haines from Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF who was named Radio 1 Teen Hero 2011 at their annual Teen Awards celebration at Wembley Arena on Sunday 9 October 2011.  Pippa was one of three...

  • Essex Army Cadet named British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen 2011

    10 October 2011

    Congratulations to Jacob Rice of Essex Army Cadet Force who was named Humanitarian Citizen 2011 by the British Red Cross at a ceremony in London on Saturday 8 October.  Jacob was one of four Army Cadets being...

  • Champion Cadet 2011 Named

    27 September 2011

    Congratulations to Cadet Staff Sergeant Bradley Anderson of the Black Watch Battalion ACF who has been named this year's Champion Cadet.  Bradley triumphed in a typically fiercely contested weekend at CTC...

  • ACF Adult Volunteer Voucher Book

    27 September 2011

    The NEW Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Voucher Booklet is out NOW!  It's packed full of super discounts and special offers that have been selected especially for ACF Adult Volunteers. ...