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Your Experience as an Army Leaver

With over 72,000 cadets (ages 12-18) in over 1,600 locations, and over 450 schools all over the UK, the Army Cadets is one of the country’s biggest and foremost voluntary youth organisations.

We are always looking for more volunteers to join our great organisation, and help deliver the best Cadet Experience possible for our young people. We want people who are interested in inspiring and leading young people from within their communities, and help to shape the lives of our future generation.

The Army Cadets is generously sponsored by the Army - and our cadets and adult volunteers wear the uniforms, proudly subscribe to the Army’s values and standards, and follow a similar rank structure. However, as we are not part of the Army, we recruit volunteers from a range of backgrounds including (but not limited to); managers, teachers, doctors, administrators, builders, engineers, as well as former soldiers and service personnel. What we’re looking for are volunteers with the right skills and personal qualities to work with young people and a commitment to passing 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.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering can be an excellent way of gaining new skills or developing talents and knowledge that you already have. For some it is an opportunity to give something back to the local community, or to make a difference for young people. It is also a fantastic way of gaining transferrable skills which will benefit you in your career. Above all, it’s a great way to have fun and meet new people.

Our volunteers consistently give the Army Cadets top marks for fun and friendship, for giving them the opportunity to develop new skills and for the pleasure they get from helping young people in their communities – so the benefits are not all one way.

So, if you think you could give up one to two evenings a week, with the occasional weekend camps on offer too, and want to do something really rewarding with your free time - the Army Cadets would love to hear from you.

Please bear in mind that the Army Cadets is a voluntary youth organisation and you will need to complete some familiarisation and assessment training. Because the Army Cadets isn't the Army, we want to be sure you understand our ethos as a youth organisation so we can provide a successful and rewarding outcome for you, the Army Cadets, and the youngsters in your charge.

Serving members of the Regular Armed Forces aren’t eligible to volunteer with us but can help out as Service Helpers with permission from their Commanding Officer (members of the Army Reserve need consent in writing from the Army Personnel Centre).


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