The cadet forces are voluntary organisations promoting the personal and social development of young people. Their focus is on bringing adventure and enjoyment to young people, with a view to steering them towards responsible citizenship.
The cadet forces comprise the Combined Cadet Force, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.
The CCFs form a vibrant, inclusive youth organisation for pupils aged between 13 and 18. They offer significant developmental opportunities in a unique educational partnership with the schools in which they are based. Through the use of military-orientated and adventurous training, cadets also have the opportunity to develop their sense of responsibility and the qualities of self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community. Further information can be found on the CCF part of the Ministry of Defence website.
The Sea Cadets is the UK's largest maritime youth charity for pupils aged from ten. It offers exciting adventure activities that aim to develop social skills and responsibility in young people and re-connect them with their maritime heritage. Further information can be found on the Sea Cadets website.
The Army Cadet Force is one of the UK’s oldest, largest and most successful youth organisations. It aims to develop young people physically and mentally, improving self confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership. Further information can be found on the Army Cadet Force website.
The ATC is the RAF's community based cadet force. It is divided into six regions, 36 wings and more than 900 squadrons within communities around the UK. The ATC aims to:
Further information can be found on the Air Cadets website.
More general information about cadet forces, including facts and figures and contact details, can be found on the MOD website.