It’s the start of a new year which is an ideal time to start a new challenge and push yourself to achieve goals you’ve never even thought of. Did you know that the Reserve and Cadet Forces could offer these opportunities?
Join the Reserve Forces
Are you aged 16 to 55? Have you ever thought about joining the military in the Reserve Forces?
You can join the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force as a Reservist dedicating some weekends and evenings to training – and you also get paid to do this.
As well as the specific trade skills you will also learn lots of transferable skills, such as leadership, communication, teamwork and first aid. These can all help to enhance your civilian career.
There are Reserve units located all across the United Kingdom with different joining requirements for all of the services. To find out more visit our Reserve Forces page here.
Volunteer with the Cadets
Do you want to dedicate some of your free time to working with young people and gain pride in seeing them develop and learn new skills?
The Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Royal Air Force Air Cadets all rely on adult volunteers to help support the training and activities they provide to the Cadets.
As a volunteer you will also have the opportunity to gain your own new skills and complete a variety of qualifications, all whilst working with some exceptional young people.
Cadet units train one evening a week and take part in activities at weekends and school holidays. There are thousands of Cadet detachments across the UK and you can view the ones located in the West Midlands and surrounding counties on our find a unit map. To find out more visit our adult volunteers page here.
Become a Cadet
Are you between 10 and 17, or have a child that is, and would like to make new friends, develop new skills and have fun in your free time?
The Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Royal Air Force Air Cadets are all available for anyone to join, or you may have a Combined Cadet Force located at your school.
You’ll be able to take part in a variety of activities including sports, adventure training and music. Cadets also learn new skills or can develop existing ones such as first aid, leadership and teamwork.
As a Cadet you’ll often attend one training evening a week and then have the opportunity to take part in weekends and, over the summer, week-long camps. You can view the Cadet detachments located in the West Midlands and surrounding counties on our find a unit map. To find out more visit our Cadets page here.