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Birmingham based CCF attend annual camp

At the end of June cadets from Rockwood Academy Combined Cadet Force (CCF), located in Birmingham, attended their annual camp at Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF) Cadet Training Centre in Bramcote, Warwickshire. In order to meet with the required COVID-19 guidelines the camp was split into two parts, with two separate groups of cadets involved. The start of…

Exemplary cadets and volunteers recognised in Staffordshire

An extraordinary group of cadets and volunteers have been formally recognised for their remarkable achievements at a special virtual investiture ceremony. Three of the cadets, all hailing from Staffordshire, have been selected to be the county’s new Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the forthcoming year. In their role as Staffordshire Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets they will accompany and assist HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Dudson CBE KStJ,…

West Midlands employers recognised by Ministry of Defence Awards for support to Armed Forces community

After what has been a challenging 18 months for all businesses, West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) are very pleased to announce that 41 organisations in their region are confirmed as Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award winners for 2021. In addition a further nine employers have had their ERS Silver Awards from 2016 revalidated for their continued commitment. This Ministry…

140 companies honoured for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces

140 organisations have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community, Defence Minister Leo Docherty announced today. Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. This year’s awardees brings the total number of Gold holders to 493….

Student flying high as Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet

A student from King Edward’s School, Birmingham is proud to be one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets for the West Midlands region this year.  One of the highest honours a cadet can achieve, Year 12 student Cadet Sergeant Zain Aslam was appointed to the role at a virtual investiture ceremony held in April. Zain is one of eight cadets, drawn from across the military…

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…

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