Want to shape the future of young people of North East Scotland?

Looking for a new challenge?

Then being a volunteer instructor with 2nd Battalion the Highlanders (ACF) could be the right option for you.

The Army Cadets is one of the UK’s largest and oldest voluntary youth organisations. In 2nd Battalion the Highlanders alone we have over 330 cadets (aged 12-18) and 70 adult instructors in 29 locations. As you’ve seen our posters you’ll know that we’re looking for men and women, from all sorts of backgrounds, to join us as adult volunteers.

You’ll find that the Army Cadets delivers fun, friendship, action and adventure – for cadets and adults. We inspire young people to challenge their limits and go further in life, no matter what their ambitions.

If you can spare one or two evenings a week and the odd weekend and want to make a real difference to young people in your community, this could be the challenge you’re looking for!

No experience is necessary - we provide a thorough, progressive training programme to give you all the skills you need. So why not join us and start to unlock your talents, develop your skills and see how far you can go.

Who we’re looking for

You don’t have to have any military experience to volunteer with the Army Cadets. Our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. What’s important is that you have an interest in working with young people and giving them the support, structure and discipline they need to develop and thrive.

Some questions you might have about us

Is the Army Cadet Force part of the Army? No. The Army Cadets is a national, voluntary youth organisation that is sponsored by the Army but not part of it. No member of the ACF, either cadet or adult, is liable for military call-up.

Do I need previous military experience? No, you do not, although we certainly welcome those that do. We will provide you with all the training you need. Whatever skills you have, you will be welcomed by the ACF.

How old do I have to be to join as an adult volunteer? If you are aged between 18 and 55 then you can join as an adult.

What activities will I be involved in? This depends on your role in the Army Cadets, but activities include sports, first aid, camping, music, competitive shooting, drill, Fieldcraft, abseiling, trekking and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

How much time do I have to devote to the ACF? Most detachments meet two evenings a week and there are also occasional weekend activities which you can get involved in. Beyond that it is up to you how much time you want to give. Help is always welcomed on the annual camps (one or two weeks during the school summer holidays) and many consider this the highlight of the Army Cadets year.

We fully understand that all kinds of other commitments, such as family and work, can affect people's availability, so even if you can't commit to two evenings a week, we would still love to hear from you.

What now?

We encourage you to contact us today by using our contact form. Your nearest 2 Highlanders ‘detachment’ will then be in touch with you for an informal chat. Alternatively, to find a 2 Highlanders detachment near you, simply click on the ‘find a detachment link’ below.

We look forward to hearing from you. We look forward to you joining us.

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