Benefits of Volunteering

The ACF provides volunteering opportunities as instructors, mentors and helpers for our 39,000 cadets

The benefits of volunteering with the Army Cadet Force are varied, from learning new skills, meeting people, taking on challenges and gaining valuable experience. You do not need a military background and we will provide all the training you require.

Volunteering Benefits

  1. Learn New Skills.
    Volunteering can help you gain transferable skills, from teamwork, communication and manual skills. All of which could benefit you in the workplace.
  2. Meet New People.
    You can meet different kinds of people, learning from them and making new friends for life.
  3. Build Confidence.
    You can boost confidence through volunteering by having the chance to try something new, achieving things and feeling a sense of achievement.
  4. Make a Difference.
    Volunteering allows people to make a positive impact on others, from inspiring young people through to enhancing your local community.
  5. Having Fun!
    You can have great fun and have a thoroughly enjoyable time volunteering. Whether you’re escaping from a stressful job or looking for a hobby, volunteering can be huge fun!
  6. Challenge Yourself.
    Through volunteering you can experience challenges and push yourself to achieve more. You could undertake The Duke of Edinburgh's Award or many other accredited qualifications on offer.
  7. Enhances Your CV.
    Volunteering experience can be seen as an asset by employers, demonstrating teamwork, motivation and positivity. Gaining leadership skills, problem solving experience and social skills will all help your résumé stand out.
  8. Build A Community Spirit.
    Volunteering allows you to strengthen your social network, helping you to feel part of a larger community.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Army Cadet Force, fill out our online enquiry form and we will arrange for you to come in and meet us and find out more.

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!

Working alongside other adults at your detachment, you will develop teamwork and leadership skills in a whole new environment. Sometimes this can even lead to a career change or a promotion. Simply by helping run cadet activities, you can earn yourself a range of respected vocational qualifications, of real value in today’s workplace.

You will have a chance to try out all the activities on offer to cadets and may choose to specialise in a particular area. Much of our training in specialist subjects can lead to fully-accredited qualifications through organisations like St John Ambulance, the British Canoe Union, Mountain Leader Training England, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the National Rifle Association and the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.

For most people taking part in volunteering projects is about 'giving something back', socialising and making new friends, or getting to know the local community. Others enjoy feeling like a valued member of a team, finding a worthwhile hobby that gives them quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle, or knowing they are making a difference to the lives of young people.

As any one of our thousands of adults will tell you, it is watching the cadets grow and develop, and knowing that you have helped them along the way, which is the most rewarding part of being in the ACF.

If you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something productive and exciting with your free time, this could be exactly what you are looking for. Why not give it a try? What are you waiting for?

Find out more about Becoming an Army Cadet Force adult volunteer in our online brochure. If you’re ready to volunteer, register your interest to volunteer and we will arrange for you to come in and meet us and find out more.