Get more out of life with the Army Cadets

Inspire and lead young people to achieve things they never thought possible

With nearly 39,000 cadets (aged 12-18) in over 1,600 locations in communities all around the UK, the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations.


We are currently looking for more volunteers (particularly those with the drive to become officers) who are interested in inspiring and leading young people and who can pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation.


Many volunteers with a military background excel in helping us to deliver the broad range of adventurous and military themed activities our cadets really love.


As well as helping young people to develop their independence, confidence and their ability to step up to any challenge, you'll also get the opportunity to further your own skills and qualifications.


The ACF proudly subscribes to the Army’s values and standards and follows a similar rank structure. However, please bear in mind that the ACF is a voluntary youth organisation and you will need to complete some initial familiarisation training so that we can provide a successful and rewarding outcome for you, the ACF and the youngsters in your charge.

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So if you could give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something really rewarding with your free time this could be exactly what you're looking for.


For more information about becoming a volunteer with the Army Cadets visit the volunteer section of the website or register your interest today:

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  • You need to be over 18 to join the ACF as a volunteer leader Anyone over the age of 18 may volunteer with the ACF. If you are over the age of 60 it is unlikely this will be in a uniformed role unless you have specialist skills to offer.
  • Only tick this box if you are currently a Cyprus resident
  • Are you ready to join as a volunteer straight away?

  • Have you had prior experience of the Army Cadets or armed forces?

  • Are you currently serving in either the regular or reserve forces?

  • Serving members of the Regular Armed Forces aren’t eligible to volunteer with us but can help out as a Service Helpers with permission from their commanding officer.

  • Existing officers in the Reserve may also serve in the ACF with the permission of their current commanding officer. However, an individual must be commissioned in both OR non-commissioned in both (i.e. a Reserve officer can’t join in a non-commissioned role and a NCO in the Reserve can’t get commissioned in the ACF).

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  • Please note that all volunteers wishing to join the ACF are subject to having security and disclosure checks carried out on them as part of our Safeguarding procedures (DBS in England and Wales, PVG in Scotland and AccessNI clearance in Northern Ireland).

  • You will be asked at a further stage to confirm there are no significant health issues that could prevent your involvement with the Army Cadets. Do you have any medical concerns that could prevent you joining?
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