About Us

About West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA)

West Midland RFCA is one of 13 RFCAs across the UK that came into existence at the same time as the Territorial Army in 1908.

Our role is to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines,  Army and Royal Air Force within the counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and the Metropolitan Boroughs of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry.

The West Midland RFCA headquarters building with a garden.

Our Association is mainly made up of volunteers from across our region and include Lord-Lieutenants, high-ranking serving and ex-military Officers, local councillors and supportive enthusiastic locals with no military experience. This variety of members means that our Association has the ability to work closely with the local community.

Our role encompasses, amongst other things:

  • Advocacy and promoting support for the Reserves, Cadets and wider military family through engagement with employers, local authorities, youth and the wider community. This involves direct support to employers.
  • Supporting tri-service Cadets in a variety of ways, including recruitment support, public relations support and estate management and (for the Army Cadets) provision of a core of full-time professional staff.
  • Managing the volunteer estate, including the upkeep of some 33 tri-service Reserve Centres and 137 Cadet centres on behalf of the MOD.

This website is not just about our Association; it’s about what it takes to join the Reserve Forces; the excitement to be had from joining one of the Cadet Forces or the satisfaction gained as an Adult Volunteer helping youngsters on the road to developing into well-rounded and responsible citizens.

For businesses we detail how employing people from the Armed Forces community can benefit your business and why signing the Armed Forces Covenant is the ideal partnership with defence.