Cadets

Midlands based employers receive coveted Ministry of Defence Award

Twenty six employers from the West Midlands region have been presented with their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards. The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association’s awards took place on Tuesday 26th September, at the National Memorial Arboretum. The ERS awards were launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The…

From soldier to cadet staff: why supporting the Army Cadets can be a rewarding experience

During Armed Forces Week we are celebrating the dedication and service of our Armed Forces community. Whilst many personnel have stories to share from serving in a military or volunteer capacity, it’s not often we hear from someone with a wide range of both military and cadet experiences. We spoke to Captain Kenny Frith who has been a Cadet Administrative Assistant (CAA) for…

Khalsa Cadets celebrate a successful year

The concept of cadet units in schools dates back over 160 years, with the original units focussed on Army activities with public schools and universities.  This evolved, in 1948, to the Combined Cadet Force creating a modern, inspiring programme for cadets from all three services.  There are now hundreds of units launched in state-funded schools across the UK. Our Association is proud to…

Army Cadets enjoy adventure-packed week in Cyprus

Over the October half term 24 cadets from Shropshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) travelled to Cyprus for a week of challenging outdoor adventure training. Mountain biking, diving, paddle boarding, mini-golf and trips to cultural sites filled their action-packed week designed to build confidence and courage, and increase their knowledge, teamwork and leadership skills. One of the highlights of the trip proved to be…

Service to Army Cadets recognised

An Admin Officer for Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF) has been recognised with a Commander’s Coin for his dedication. Michael Hutchinson was presented with the coin by the Cadet Executive Officer for Warwickshire ACF, Major John Walker, on behalf of Colonel Paul ‘Shove’ Gilby OBE, Commander at the Army’s Headquarters West Midlands. The Commander’s Coin is awarded to…

Stoke Sea Cadets presented with Queen’s Award

His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE, has presented Stoke-on-Trent Sea Cadets with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service trophy and certificate. The presentation took place recently at the Unit HQ in Bucknall. The Unit were informed that they had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2022 along with over two hundred voluntary organisations across the Country. The…

Summer on the waves with Coventry Sea Cadets

Coventry Sea Cadets’ rowing teams enjoyed Gold success in the District competition with other Sea Cadet units from the West Midlands and Mercia.  They then represented the district at the Area (regional) Regatta in Bristol,  where the sliding seat team came away as silver medalists while the boat handling crew took bronze.  In the sliding seat competition, Leanna L-T and Reece C rowed…