The Army Cadet Force is one of four cadet forces sponsored and
supported by the MoD. Other Cadet Forces are the Combined Cadet Force,
the Sea Cadet Corps, and the Air Training Corps. Although the cadet
forces are sponsored by the MoD they are not a part of our Armed Forces.
During 2012, the Government announced a new Schools Cadet Expansion
Programme to enable up to 100 more state-funded schools in England to
develop cadet units by the end of 2015. The Government’s goal is to
significantly increase the number of young people who are able to access
the cadet experience – a development that is likely to deliver
significant benefits to schools and young people.
Army Cadets can be found in two separate organisations, The Combined
Cadet Forces and the Army Cadet Force:
Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a tri-Service military cadet
organisation based in schools and colleges throughout the UK. Although
it is administered and funded by the Services it is a part of the
national youth movement.
The CCF receives assistance and support for its training programme from
the Regular and Reserve Forces, but the bulk of adult support is
provided by members of school staffs who are responsible to head
teachers for the conduct of cadet activities. CCF officers wear uniform
but they are not part of the Armed Forces and carry no liability for
service or compulsory training.
There are some 240 CCF contingents with as many as 45,000 cadets, of
whom about 28,000 are Army Cadets with about 1,700 instructors. The role
of the CCF is to help boys and girls to develop powers of leadership
through training which promotes qualities of responsibility,
self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of
service to the community. Military training is also designed to
demonstrate why defence forces are needed, how they function and to
stimulate an interest in a career as an officer in the Services.
The CCF is believed to receive about £10 million in funding each
Army Cadet Force
The role of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is to inspire young people to
achieve success with a spirit of service to the Queen, country and their
local community, and to develop the qualities of good citizenship,
responsibility and leadership.
Some reports suggest that Army cadets make up between 25 per cent to 30
per cent of regular army recruits. Many cadets move on to join the Army
Reserve. There are about 1,600 ACF detachments based in communities
around the UK with a strength of around 44,000 cadets. The ACF is run by
over 8,000 adults drawn from the local community who manage a broad
programme of military and adventurous training activities designed to
develop character and leadership. The Army Cadets are administered by
the MoD. The total budget provided to the Army Cadets is believed to
have been in the region of £40 million during 2010-2011.
Mid 2015 figures suggest a total of 41,000 Army Cadets with about 9,000
Cadet Training Centre
The UK Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Frimley Park in Surrey trains
adult volunteers in the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Force
(Army), helping new recruits understand the cadet movement's ethos and
teaching them to train their cadets in a safe and effective manner.