Army Cadet Force

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The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is over 150 years old and is a national voluntary youth movement which aims to provide opportunities for young people to build their personal skills and self- confidence so that they become responsible and caring citizens.

Cadets practicing first aid

The ACF gives young people (aged 12-18) – from all walks of life – access to fun, friendship, action and adventure. They challenge young people to learn more, do more and try more, and inspire them to aim high and go further in life, no matter what they aim to do.

The marvellous opportunities they can get involved in include sleeping out under the stars and cooking their own meals - after finding their way over unknown countryside; canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, and mountain biking. The Army Cadets also take part in overseas expeditions, target shooting and first aid, as well as gaining Duke of Edinburgh Awards and studying for BTEC qualifications. The highlight of the Cadet training year is annual camp, a two-week adventure where Army Cadets practise fieldcraft and have fun with other detachments from all over the county.

Army Cadets paradingThere are four ACF Sectors in the West Midlands with over 115 detachments. These detachments are looked after by more than 30 Permanent Support Staff and dozens of Adult Instructors. To find out more please contact your local ACF HQ:

  • Hereford & Worcester ACF - 01432 359 917 or visit their website
  • Shropshire ACF - 01743 231 779 or visit their website
  • Staffordshire & West Midlands (North Sector) ACF - 01785 257 804  or visit their website
  • Warwickshire & West Midlands (South Sector) ACF - 0121 427 7758 or visit the website

Army Cadets on camp