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West Midland RFCA welcomes new Chair to the REEG

We are very pleased to welcome Calum Nisbet as the new chair of our Regional Employer Engagement Group (REEG) at West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA). The REEG is a group of over 20 members made up of senior representatives of the Armed Forces, employer community and WM RFCA. The aim of the REEG is to provide a regional forum for…

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…

IT and cyber security business signs Armed Forces Covenant

Superfast IT has become one of the latest organisations in the West Midlands to show their support for our military community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.  Hosted as a virtual event, the signing was attended by Wing Commander Simon Briggs of the Royal Air Force. The organisation has pledged its support to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise that those who serve…

West Midland RFCA welcomes 700th Armed Forces Covenant signee

Valiant Integrated Services Ltd as the 700th company, within the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) region, to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and pledge their support to the Armed Forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant was introduced by the Ministry of Defence in 2014 and is used across the country for businesses to pledge their support to the Armed Forces…

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…

Herefordshire welcomes new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets

During the first week of March, three cadets were formally appointed as the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for the Herefordshire region at a virtual ceremony. Each year Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the counties in our region of, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire, appoint young people to serve as the Lord Lieutenants Cadets for their respective regions. It is a…

Mercian Regiment Reservists test their marksmanship in Northumberland

Reservists from 4 Battalion The Mercian Regiment have been on Exercise Saxon Shield to maintain their soldiering skills and test their marksmanship. The ten-day exercise at the Otterburn training area in Northumberland, is designed to make sure the reservists maintain a high standard of skill and readiness to deploy with regular units. It saw the soldiers complete their Military Annual Training Tests.  The…

West Midland RFCA sponsor 21in21: supporting female leadership

We are proud to be sponsoring Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers 21in21 Women in Business Mentoring Programme, which was officially launched, over Zoom, on 8th March 2021. Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, the president of the British Chambers of Commerce, was the guest of honour at the launch. The new scheme has matched 21 mentors with 21 mentees across the region to offer one-to-one support including…

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