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Army Cadet Officers

Adult volunteers in the Army Cadets fall into two main categories. There are Adult Instructors (AIs) who directly train the cadets, and Army Cadet 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.

Unless you are joining the Army Cadets 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 Army Cadets for many years.

There is no such thing as an ideal officer candidate, and our current Army Cadet 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.

"Amazing few days of thought provoking ideas on leadership which will challenge your thoughts and the way you can develop"

Initial Officer Training Student