Becoming an Army Cadet has heaps of benefits. The most obvious being that you get to take part in loads of exciting and challenging activities such as fieldcraft, adventurous training, first aid, sports and shooting, to name but a few. You’ll be joining over 700 cadets and 130 adult volunteers in 20 detachments across the county of Wiltshire. Nationally, The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has over 46,000 cadets in almost 1,700 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best gangs around. When it comes to action, excitement and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.
Here in Corsham, we meet up at our detachment on Westwells Road every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm.
When you join as a cadet you will make lots of new friends and get the opportunity to go on annual camp where you will meet cadets from other detachments across Wiltshire. You may even get to go on expeditions to amazing places in the UK and sometimes even abroad – Cadets from Corsham ACF recently visited Arnhem, Holland where they took part in the annual international marches.
The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) training syllabus will teach you leadership skills, discipline and give you self-confidence you never thought possible. You will learn a wide range of transferable skills such as: the ability to command tasks; make decisions under pressure; plan and organise tasks and work as an effective team player as well as independently. These skills will equip you for life and add an extra string to your bow at times when competition for college places and employment is fierce.
Through your cadet activities you will gain loads of valuable skills, experience, leadership qualities and more self-confidence. In addition, you can gain a whole range of qualifications such as the ACF Star Awards, BTEC First Diplomas and the high profile Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – seriously impressive marks of achievement. You have the opportunity to gain all of them as an Army Cadet.
By the way, we are often asked ‘Do I have to join the Army if I become a cadet?’
No. The Army Cadet Force is sponsored by the Army, but there is absolutely no requirement to join any of the armed services at any time.
If you’re over 12 and in Year 8 at school, you can join today. This is what you need to do:
Contact the local Corsham leader, Mark Perrett on 07725 229667 and arrange to go along to our local detachment on Westwells Road one Wednesday evening, with a parent or carer, to find out more.