What We Do
We develop young people physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership skills. As an equal opportunities organisation, we welcome young people from all backgrounds and of all ability levels making us a highly accessible organisation.
The Army Cadet Force (ACF) also aims to develop a sense of community in our cadets. We provide a wide variety of fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities. We also act as a gateway to recognised vocational qualifications from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to BTEC First Diplomas which can help in working and school life.
Who Can Join the Army Cadets?
We invite young people from all backgrounds to join the ACF. The only two requirements are, firstly that you are aged between 12 (in school year 8) to 18 and secondly that you are open minded and willing to work hard! We set high standards in Somerset ACF and are one of the most successful cadets counties in the country.
Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs)
We always welcome new adult volunteers. No experience required as full training will be offered to qualifying adults. You must be between 18 and 55 years of age on the date of application. You must also be able to give up a minimum of 2 - 3 hours once or twice a week to attend your local detachment and also to attend weekends away. Commitment and reliability are very important because these are the qualities we instill in our cadets. CFAVs are required to have an enhanced CRB Check completed. Expenses will be met by the Army Cadet Force.
You can find out more information by looking at the brochure at the following link.
How much does it cost?
Weekend Training, which is usually held at our purpose built facility in the Cadet Training Centre Yoxter (CTCY) costs £15. This price includes Accommodation, Food, Training and Instructors for the duration.
Annual Camp, a two week camp held during the summer school holidays in August costs between £65 - £80. This camp is held at various military facilities each year. Training on Annual Camp is far more extensive than on weekend training. Again this price includes Accommodation, Food, Training & Instructors for the duration. Usually you will also get the chance to participate in a day of adventure training such as canoeing or rock-climbing etc, or a day at a theme park.
What Will Be Required Of Me?
As a Cadet you will be required to attend two 'Parade Nights' at your local detachment each week or one if the detachment only parades once a week. These are usually between 1900 and 2130. The night of the week varies dependent on which detachment you choose to join.
On Parade Nights training is varies and depends on what cadets require to gain star passes. You could be participating in Map and Companies, Skill at Arms, Physical Training, Shooting, and many other activities. We work to a syllabus known as the Army Proficiency Certificate or APC Syllabus and parade nights are often organised around what cadets need to progress through this syllabus. You can find out more on the training page.
Besides parade nights you will be expected, where you can, to attend weekend training events to receive further training and be assessed on what you have learned. Then you will be able to progress to the next level of the APC. Weekends enable you to put into practice what you've been taught.
What Can I Achieve?
Somerset ACF is keen to reward hard work and accomplishment. In recognition of your achievements, you may earn a Cadet awards within your detainment or prestigious top cadet awards on weekend training or annual camp. Awards are also given for attendance and good performance on other courses and activities away from home.
You could receive a promotion and move up the rank structure. You could be awarded a star badge in recognition of completion of a level of the APC syllabus. You could earn a St. John First Aid Certificate, a Duke of Edinburgh Award, a BTEC First Diploma just to name a few. All of which present well, when the time comes to write a CV and look for employment.
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