Frequently asked questions, for schools and sponsors, on the Government’s cadet force expansion plan.
Complete the expression of interest form on the 'Information for schools' page and we will get in touch with further information.
We are looking for help from schools with cadet units to increase the number of pupils at other schools that can access the cadet experience, through a partnership with a neighbouring school. If you would like further information about how it works please contact us using the details below.
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Yes. The Department for Education and Ministry of Defence (MOD) are putting in £11 million to improve the MOD infrastructure needed to support the expansion plans, including training teams, facilities and equipment.
The running costs for new units depend on the size of the unit and includes uniforms, rations and ammunition. As a rough guide, we would expect a new 120-strong cadet force unit to cost around £60,000 per year and a partnership of 15 cadets to cost around £6,000.
Five years will allow one cadet cohort to complete the full cadet experience and allow schools to experience the benefits of cadet participation. It will lead to significant benefits for schools and young people, making the substantial financial commitment to train adult volunteers and provide additional infrastructure and equipment worthwhile.
For partnerships we are willing to accept a shorter initial term, but we strongly recommend a five-year commitment.
Cadet expansion team
Information about sponsoring a cadet force, including how to get involved, the commitment required of sponsors and the costs.