Adult volunteers in the Army Cadet Force fall into two main categories. There are Adult Instructors (AIs) who directly train the cadets, and ACF officers, who have more of a leadership type role and are involved in training and managing AIs as well as cadets. Approximately two-thirds of our adults are AIs and one-third officers.
(NB: We also have roles for Civilian Assistants (CAs) who are non-uniformed volunteers who provide valuable background support.)
Unless you are joining the ACF after being an officer in the Regular or Reserve Forces, you will need to spend some time as an AI first, before you are able to become an officer. This allows you to get to know and understand the organisation well enough to gain the authority required to lead and inspire other adult volunteers, some of whom may have been in the ACF for many years.
There is no such thing as an ideal officer candidate, and our current ACF leaders come from an enormously broad range of backgrounds and life experiences. The key qualities that we are looking for are leadership skills, commitment, and loyalty – to the cadets, to your fellow adult volunteers, and to the organisation as a whole. Sound judgment, tact and teamwork are also extremely valuable.
Obviously these are all traits that are readily transferable into everyday life, and many of our volunteers find their civilian careers step up a notch as soon as they have some officer experience under their belts.
To find out more about volunteering with the Army Cadet Force, fill out our online enquiry form and we will arrange for you to come in and meet us.
If you are already an adult volunteer more information is available about:
- Who is eligible to apply to become an officer
- The Cadet Force Commissioning Board (CFCB)
- The Initial Officer Training programme (IOT)