Cadets

Old Hill Detachment ACF receive laptops to boost online learning

Army Cadets at the Old Hill Detachment in Sandwell were overjoyed to receive two Toshiba Notebooks which will help the cadets to access their online studies and maintain social contact. The Notebooks are part of a generous donation of IT equipment gifted to Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force, following fundraising by The Friends of Staffordshire Army Cadet Force Trust;…

My journey from Reservist to Cadet Force Adult Volunteer

Petty Officer (SCC) Lisa Wood MA is the Officer in Charge of Redditch & Bromsgrove Sea Cadets. As a volunteer, Lisa has embraced the opportunity to help develop the lives of young people in her community; here she shares her journey to becoming a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV). I served in the Royal Naval Reserves in Birmingham, at HMS Forward, for over…

Sea Cadets Commanding Officer champions benefits of volunteering

Sub-Lieutenant Althea Bumpstead is the Commanding Officer at Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth Sea Cadets.  As Commanding Officer, she oversees and organises the welfare, training and activities for the unit. Outside of the cadets, she works as a Development Officer for Forest Voluntary Action Forum, a charity that supports young people and youth groups. We spoke to Althea to find out why being a volunteer…

New Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets appointed in Worcestershire

Three outstanding cadets from the Worcestershire region have been chosen as the new Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the forthcoming year.  Annually, the Lord-Lieutenant for each county appoints several young people from their area to serve as the new Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.  These hail from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Combined Cadet Forces and other uniformed cadet organisations.  Each cadet…

Independent report celebrates positive impact of Cadet Forces

Exciting new research into the UK Cadet Forces highlights the positive impacts on young peoples’ development, adult volunteers and wider society. The UK currently has 130,000 cadets and almost 30,000 adult volunteers supporting them. This follows the Cadet Expansion Programme launched by the UK Government in 2012 which saw the number of school cadet units double to over 500 by last year. During…

West Midlands welcomes new Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets

Eight exceptional cadets have been appointed to the role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the West Midlands region at a special virtual ceremony. Each year Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for each county appoints selected cadets to become the Lord- Lieutenants’ Cadets for the forthcoming year.  The cadets come from the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), Royal Marine Cadets, Army Cadet Force (ACF), RAF Air Cadets and…

Adult Instructor walks 500 miles and the county walks 500 more

A Company Commander with the Army Cadet Force in Birmingham has walked 500 miles with the aim to raise over £1,000 for two worthy causes. Major Paul Curran, Officer Commanding of Z Minden Company at Warwickshire & West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF) created the challenge as a way of keeping active during the latest lockdown.  Taking inspiration from The Proclaimers…

Volunteers from RAF Air Cadets rise to the virtual challenge

Uniformed staff and civilian instructors at Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Air Training Corps have demonstrated their resilience and creativity over the past year by successfully converting their activities to the virtual world during the pandemic. Whilst many youth organisations ceased their activities during lockdown, the Cadet Forces’ have ensured that their young people have not missed out on vital social opportunities, training and…

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